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Five library locations will open with limited services after a long pandemic wait.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Gresham Library will be among the five Multnomah County libraries to reopen to patrons on Tuesday, June 1, after a year of being closed due to the pandemic.

The Gresham Library will be among the first five Multnomah County libraries to reopen to patrons on Tuesday, June 1.

After a year of being closed due to the pandemic, the branches will reopen on a limited basis. There will be time limits on computer use and time to browse for that next great read.

"We know how much people have missed being inside of library buildings and we are eager to welcome them back," Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke said in the reopening announcement.

Portland's Capitol Hill, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries will also reopen for some in-building services on June 1.

The library system is planning to restore access at other locations in phases, the announcement said.

In the five reopening branches, services will include access to computers and WiFi with a one-hour limit; printing, faxing, copying (all free); two family computer spaces with a one-hour limit; holds pick-up; browsing with a 30-minute limit; information services and public restrooms.

There was no information on library hours.

"The library's plans have been shaped by an extensive community engagement and outreach process, led by staff who provide culturally and linguistically relevant services. The five locations reflect a geographic spread across Multnomah County and support the library's priorities of serving those most deeply impacted by COVID-19 and systemic inequity," the announcement said.

The system is working to modify spaces for COVID-19 safety. They are doing things such as removing shelving and tables for distancing. Each library building is unique and has different considerations around capacity, layout and work processes, the announcement said.

Hold pick-ups and online services remain available at the other library locations until all branches are open.

The announcement said Multnomah County Library will share more details about specific locations, services and hours at as they become available.


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