Library Reopening

Sacramento Public Library reopens 20 locations with limited occupancy
November 17, 2020

welcome-2.jpgNOTICE: Due to the latest public health order, the library is operating at reduced occupancy.

Sacramento Public Library reopened 20 locations to the public with limited occupancy, including Arcade, Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Isleton, Martin Luther King Jr., Nonie Wetzel Courtland, North Highlands-Antelope, North Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks and Walnut Grove.

Patrons may visit the library for browsing and computer use for up to one hour, and may experience wait times to enter. These locations will operate Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Isleton, Nonie Wetzel Courtland, and Walnut Grove hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

“While we have been able to serve the community with curbside service and virtual programming, we know that it has been a struggle for many without access to our services,” said Library Director and CEO Rivkah Sass. “We are so excited to open our doors and welcome you back. Your next visit may look a little different, but know that restoring access and keeping you safe are our priorities.”


The library has implemented a number of safety measures to protect public health. This includes requiring all staff and patrons two years or older to wear a face covering, reducing occupancy and seating to allow for proper social distancing, providing hand sanitizing stations prior to entry, and frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces.


Curbside service is available at 26 locations during hours of operations. Ella K. McClatchy and Orangevale are currently closed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Welcome back to the library. We’ve missed you. A few things have changed since your last visit. Please continue reading about what to expect for your next visit.
 
Which locations are open to the public?
Patrons may visit 20 Sacramento Public Library locations, which have reopened the public with limited occupancy. This includes Arcade, Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Isleton, Martin Luther King Jr., Nonie Wetzel Courtland, North Highlands-Antelope, North Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks and Walnut Grove.

What can I expect when I visit the library?
During your visit, you can browse the collection, use self-checkout to take materials home, and use the computers and printers. Please be advised that a few things have changed to help reduce contact and slow the spread of COVID-19. Patrons may expect wait times to enter the library as our public occupancy has been reduced in accordance with the current public health order.

Public health and safety are our priority. Thank you for following our guidelines and for your patience:

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  • Face coverings are required at all times for anyone two years or older (see CDC Guidelines)
  • We are practicing social distancing – observe all signage and markers
  • Libraries will have limited occupancy and seating to ensure proper social distancing 
  • Library visits are limited to one hour per patron
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are provided for use before entering
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged

Are all SPL locations open?
No, not yet. We are working to reopen as many branches as soon as possible and in a safe, coordinated and phased effort.

What are the hours of operations?
Library hours of operations are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Isleton, Nonie Wetzel Courtland Library and Walnut Grove locations are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays.

Is curbside service available?
Curbside service for pickups and returns is available at 26 locations during our regular hours of operations.

Can I make an appointment to visit the library?
Yes, you can schedule a one-hour appointment to visit the library by calling (916) 264-2920 or (800) 209-4627. During your visit, you can browse the library and use the computers. A library card number is required for a computer reservation. If you do not have a library card, you may request one online or call  (800) 209-4627 for assistance. You may schedule up to 2 appointments per week. 

Please arrive promptly for your appointment and check in with library staff to enter the building. We can hold your appointment for up to 15 minutes past the start time. After that time, computer use and browsing will be available on first come first served basis.

Location Open to the public  Curbside Service Library Appointments
Arcade Library Yes Yes Yes
Arden-Dimick Library Yes Yes Yes
Belle Cooledge Library Yes Yes Yes
Carmichael Library Yes Yes Yes
Central Library -- Yes --
Colonial Heights Library Yes Yes Yes
Del Paso Heights Library -- Yes --
Ella K. McClatchy Library Closed Closed Closed
Elk Grove Library Yes Yes Yes
Fair Oaks Library Yes Yes Yes
Franklin Library -- Yes --
Galt – Marian O. Lawrence Library Yes Yes Yes
Isleton Library * Yes Yes Yes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Yes Yes Yes
McKinley Library -- Yes Yes
Nonie Wetzel Courtland Library * Yes Yes Yes
North Highlands-Antelope Library Yes Yes Yes
North Natomas Library Yes Yes Yes
North Sacramento – Hagginwood Library -- Yes --
Orangevale Library Closed Closed Closed
Rancho Cordova Library Yes Yes Yes
Rio Linda Library Yes Yes Yes
Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library Yes Yes Yes
South Natomas Library Yes Yes Yes
Southgate Library Yes Yes Yes
Sylvan Oaks Library Yes Yes Yes
Valley Hi-North Laguna Library -- Yes --
Walnut Grove Library* Yes  Yes Yes

Are there limits on the number of people allowed into the building?
Yes. We will have limited occupancy to ensure that all can maintain social distancing. We encourage you to browse our collection, but ask that you limit your visit to one hour for safety reasons. Patrons may expect wait times to enter the library as our public occupancy has been reduced in accordance with the current public health order.
 
How do I return items?
Book drops are available 24/7 at select locations. Patrons can return library materials during our hours of operation in the designated bin. Returned items will be placed in quarantine for 96 hours and will not be checked in immediately. Items may take up to a week to be removed from your account.
 
Can I drop off donated materials?
The library is not accepting donations at this time,

What safety measures are being taken for the public and staff?
We will be following public health recommendations for the health and safety of our patrons and employees. We are taking a number of safety precautions:

  • All staff and visitors two years or older are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. If you do not have a mask, we will provide disposable masks
  • Library visits are limited to one hour per patron
  • Seating has been reduced and patrons are asked not to congregate
  • The occupancy is limited based on square footage and social distancing guidelines
  • Computer stations are arranged in compliance with social distancing guidelines
  • Signage and markers provide social distancing reminders
  • Returned library materials are quarantined for 96 hours
  • High-touch surfaces are frequently sanitized
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are provided for use before entering
  • Frequent hand washing is encouraged
Please keep yourself and others safe by:
  • Staying home if you’re experiencing symptoms of any illness
  • Wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, which is required for all patrons two years or older
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from staff and other patrons
  • Respecting social distancing guidelines and limiting your visit to one hour
  • Following the instructions of library and security staff
 
What services are available?  
The following virtual services are available

 
What programming is available?
We offer a variety of virtual programs for all ages from storytime and book clubs to teen programming and English Conversation Groups. Visit our website to view our programming schedule. In person programming is not yet available at the library.
 
What if I don’t feel comfortable coming into the library?
Please feel free to continue to use of curbside pickup and return service and join us for our virtual programs.
 
How can I support the library during this time?
Thank you for considering a gift to the Friends of the Sacramento Library, our official non-profit partner. The Friends mission is to support the Sacramento Public Library as a community resource for all of Sacramento County’s residents.
 
 
 
 

Additional Library Services

Learn more about additional virtual and in-person services that the library currently offers.

Curbside Service    Computer Appointments    Virtual Services