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After more than a year, the library will allow limited indoor services following COVID-19 safety protocol.

COURTESY PHOTO: LAKE OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY - The Lake Oswego Public Library is now open for limited indoor access. Lake Oswego Public Library Director Melissa Library said she never would have imagined closing the library to the public for an extended amount of time.

"Closing the doors is the opposite of what libraries do," Kelly said. "We open them."

After more than a year, the library is now offering limited indoor services to patrons without prior appointments. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. People can still receive outdoor service, available upon request, during the same hours.

"LOPL staff have always been proud to open the doors to serve the public seven days a week, and I am so glad that we can finally welcome people inside again," Kelly said.

Services available indoors include a self-service, contactless method for picking up holds — people will need their library card number and PIN to use the machines — limited book displays and bundles available for grab-and-go opportunities. There also will be limited access to librarians for people who need help with materials.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced, and people over the age of 4 will be required to wear a mask. Patrons also will be required to check in at the front entrance upon arrival.

Library visits will be limited to 15 minutes, with six people allowed inside at one time.

"We are restoring access and services gradually to ensure the health and safety of our staff and the public, but it feels really good to have taken another step in that direction," Kelly said. "We are excited to restore more and more access in the coming months until the library is bustling at full capacity again."


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