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 reopening with limited in-person hours on Mondays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00 pm starting Monday, August 2.
  • The Main Library café will have limited hours starting on Tuesday, August 3. 
  • Limited hours for the Friends of the Library Booktique and Gift shop (located in the café) in early August.
  •  Limited Main Library meeting room reservations for the month of August are now available.

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

  •  Tuesdays 12:00-8:00 pm
  •  Wednesdays 10:00-5:00 pm
  •  Thursdays 10:00-5:00 pm
  •  Saturdays 10:00-5:00 pm

The Manor Branch Library’s limited in-person service hours starting August 2 will be

  • Mondays 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Fridays 1:00-5:00 pm

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

  • Mondays 10:00-8:00 pm (phone and email service)
  • Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 pm (phone and email service)
  • Wednesdays 5:00-8:00 pm (phone and email service)
  • Thursdays 5:00-8:00 pm (phone and email service)
  • 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 – Public computers will be spaced to enforce social distancing, with 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 library seating will now be available for use on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Limited Main Library meeting room reservations for the month of August are now available.
  • Friends of the Library Booktique and gift shop will be reopening with limited hours in early August.

    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

     

    • Access to our History Room, meeting rooms, Café, Bookstore, or the Children's Secret Garden
    • Extended research or technology assistance
    • In-person events
    • Curbside appointments
    • Donations

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. 

FAQs

  

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. Some areas of the Library will remain closed, including the History room, the Secret Garden, and water fountains. Our meeting rooms, the café, and bookstore will be reopening during the week of August 2, 2021.

 

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 and limited computer use. The touchscreen early literacy computers, toys and play space are not available at this time. Limited reference service is available at the Children’s Desk.

 

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), with a minimum of six feet between each computer. 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? 

Yes! With our expanded reopening a limited amount of chairs and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  

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.

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Can I donate books now? 

  • We are not taking book donations at this time. We hope to start taking donations again after the Friends of the Library book sale which is planned for Saturday, August 28! Please check back for more information. 

 

Can I attend a program at the Library? 

  • Programs will continue to be held virtually until it is safe to resume indoor gatherings without distancing restrictions. 


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.

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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.

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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.