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Expanded Reopening


Services Available | Services Not Available | Safety at the Main Library | FAQs


The San Leandro Public Library is excited to announce the limited reopening of Manor Branch Library starting Monday, August 2! 


Expanded services include:

  • Manor Branch Library limited in-person hours on Mondays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-5:00 pm.
  • The Main Library café now has limited open hours, please see hours below.
  • Limited hours for the Friends of the Library Booktique and Gift shop (located in the café), please see hours below.
  •  Limited Main Library meeting room reservations for the month for the 2021 Fall and Winter are now available.

The Main Library’s limited in-person service hours are

  • Mondays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The limited hours for the Main Library Café are

  • Tuesdays 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

The limited hours for the Friends of the Library Booktique are

  • Tuesdays 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Please note that the Friends of the Library Booktique hours are dependent on our volunteer availability, hours may change on a daily basis.

The Manor Branch Library’s limited in-person service hours are

  • Mondays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In addition to the Library’s in-person service hours, virtual reference servicewill be offered as follows:

  • Fridays 10:00 - 5:00 pm (phone and email service)
  • Sundays 12:00 - 4:00 pm (email service)

Services Available at the Main Library

  • Computer use –  60 minutes allowed per day and an additional 30 minute extension is offered.
  •  Printing – You can print 20 black and white pages for free each day with your San Leandro Public Library card.
  • Self-service copiers ($.15/page)
  • Collection browsing – All areas of the collection will be open for you to browse and find your next favorite read, movie, or music!
  • Circulation services – You can now come in the library to checkout materials, receive limited library card services including replacement library cards and setting up a new library account, holds pickup, and returning your library materials in our outside bookdrop 24/7!
  •  Limited Reference Services – Library Staff will be available for limited reference servicesbut will not be able to touch computers and personal devices in order to maintain social distancing.
  • Limited Main Library meeting room reservations are now available.
  • Friends of the Library Booktique and gift shop is now open with limited hours (please see above).

    Services NOT available at the Main Library


    For the safety of the public and library staff, the following will not be available inside the Main Library


    • Extended research or technology assistance
    • Curbside appointments

Safety at the Main Library  


  • Masks required - Please note that masks are required to enter the building for patrons ages 2 and older.
  •  Proper mask wearing - Masks must be worn properly over your nose and mouth at all times per CDC guidelines.
  •  Social distancing - Out of an abundance of caution, we are requesting that everyone maintain social distancing at all times while in the library. This means keeping 6 feet between yourself, library staff, and other patrons at all times.

  •  Self-service disinfecting - Hand sanitizing stations will be set up around the Main Library for use. Self-service disinfecting wipe stations will also be set up around the library, and our patrons will need to disinfect high-touch services and computers before and after use.

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well - Please do not enter the Main Library if you are feeling unwell to protect library staff and other patrons.

  •  Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by and adult, and directly supervised while using the library at all times.

  • No group gatherings or playdates please.
  • No eating or drinking while using the library.
  • To enter the facility, patrons are asked to abide by all safety protocols, including social distancing and mask requirements. 



Will the entire Main Library be open? 

The first and second floor collections, including the Children’s Library and Teen Corner, will be open for browsing. Our meeting rooms are available by reservation only. The Café, Friends of the Library Gift Shop, and the Friends of the Library Booktique are now open with limited hours.


Can I browse the Main Library’s book collections? 

All collections at the Main Library are available for browsing, except the books in the History Room. 


Is the Children’s library open?  

The Children’s Library will be open for collection browsing. The touchscreen early literacy computers, and some toys and play space are available at this time. 


How can I use a computer at the Library? 

Starting August 3, all Main Library computers will be available for 60-minute sessions (with an additional 30 minute extension offered). Manor Branch computers will be available for use starting Monday, August 2. Patrons are requested to use hand sanitizer and disinfect shared equipment after use. We also have an  assisted technology computer for patrons with disabilities, and a video phone booth for deaf individuals. You will need a library card number to use a computer. If you don’t have a card, please request an e-card at least 24 hours in advance of your visit, or you can apply for a card onsite. 


Can I get help with my computer or device at the Library? 

Staff will be following public health guidance and safety protocols, including maintaining at least 6 feet of space and limiting in-person conversations. Staff will not be able to touch computers or personal devices, so assistance will be limited.  


How can I print at the Library? 

There are two ways to print: 

  • Use wireless printing to print from your device. Please see more information about how this works. 

  • Use a Library PC to print a document (you will need your San Leandro library card number to login) 

  • Patrons can print up to 20 black and white pages daily for free 


Can I study at the Library? 



Can I pay for my lost or damaged items while at the Library? 

We will not be taking in-person payments until further notice, so please use our app or visit our website for payments. 


The Library currently unable to make change for our copy machines or Print Release stations at this time. Please come prepared with small bills or coins (no pennies) for the copy machine. The Print Release station accepts small bills, coins (no pennies), or a credit or debit card. 


I don’t have my library card with me – how can I check out materials? 

What safety precautions are you taking? 

  • Patrons must be wearing a mask to enter our facility and keep their mask on at all times while inside. We are also asking patrons and staff to be aware of, and maintain, social distancing while using our services.


Can I donate books now? 


Can I attend a program at the Library? 

  • In-person events are subject to change based on current public health guidelines. For in-person events held inside the Library, masks are mandatory and social distancing is strongly encouraged.  

When will the branch libraries be re-open? 

  • Manor Branch Library will be reopening with limited in-person service hours starting Monday, August 2! The Manor hours will be Mondays and Fridays from 1:00-5:00 pm. The Manor bookdrop is now open 24/7! Our other two branches will reopen when staffing permits.


Can I still use curbside? 

  • We no longer offer curbside holds pickup, but if you are unable to enter the building you can call our Circulation Desk at 510-577-3970 and speak to our wonderful library staff to see what your options are.


Is WiFi available at the Library? Can I use my laptop at the Library? 

  • Yes! We have free WFi access available (no password needed) and with our expanded reopening we now have tables available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.