STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The New York Public Library (NYPL) will expand its services when it enters the next phase of its reopening on May 10.
In this reopening phase, library patrons will be allowed to browse shelves for a select amount of time or schedule ahead to use computers. Patrons also can access the research collections by appointment.
The Staten Island branches that will be included in this phase are Huguenot Park, New Dorp, Todt Hill-Westerleigh, Stapleton, St. George Library Center and Richmondtown. Currently, these sites only are open for grab-and-go.
As part of the reopening plan, the NYPL asks all of its patrons to follow safety protocols, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and respecting time limits.
NYPL President Anthony W. Marx expressed that the library has “worked to safely offer New Yorkers the resources and services that [they] need” since the pandemic started.
“It has been a long, challenging year, and we are eager to restore library service to some semblance of normalcy,” said Marx. “This expansion of service — including computer use, critical for patrons who do not have internet access at home — is a significant and welcome step in that direction.”
In addition to the computer service, the NYPL is looking to provide outdoor programs to patrons as well as continued virtual programs, classes and vaccination resources.
In March 2020, the NYPL closed all of its branches across New York City to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In early January, the NYPL announced select branches would be open only for limited, grab-and-go services.
The NYPL is looking to reopen additional locations by summertime and all branches by the end of the year.