The Alachua County Library District will begin offering curbside service all branch locations on Wednesday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., although its buildings remain closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Book drops are open for returns starting today.


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Beginning next Wednesday, and continuing Monday through Saturday, patrons may check out and return items. Here are the steps required:


• Place holds for books, DVDs, and other materials online at www.aclib.us/catalog or call your preferred branch. Be sure to select which branch you would like to pick up from. You will receive a notification when your items are ready.


• When you arrive at your library branch, call the number posted at the branch or on your notice to alert library staff that you are ready to pick up your items.


• Library employees will bring your materials out to you, so have your library card or photo identification ready to show them. Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks or coverings when interacting with staff.


• Return items in the book drops. Employees will not be taking returns directly from patrons.


Materials returned to the Library District will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in for circulation. Return dates have been extended through June 15 for all items currently checked out.


Card expiration dates have also been extended.


Online services, including the collection of more than 80,000 eBooks, digital magazines, and dozens of eSources, are available any time at www.aclib.us. Interlibrary loans are not offered at this time.


All meeting room reservations and in-person programs remain suspended.


Library staff members are available to answer questions via email, online chat, and text 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at www.aclib.us/AskUs. Starting Monday, patrons can call individual branches as listed below for assistance:


Headquarters Branch — 352-334-3950


Alachua Branch — 386-462-2592


Archer Branch — 352-495-3367


Cone Park Branch — 352-334-0720


Hawthorne Branch — 352-481-1920


High Springs Branch — 386-454-2515


Library Partnership Branch — 352-334-0165


Micanopy Branch — 352-466-3122


Millhopper Branch — 352-334-1272


Newberry Branch — 352-472-1135


Tower Road Branch — 352-333-2840


Waldo Branch — 352-468-3298