Library patrons, rejoice. Greenville County libraries are reopening for book returns and curbside pickup.
The Greenville County Library System closed in mid-March to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Curbside pickup is a first step in the library system’s phased reopening plan, according to a news release.
Exterior book returns at the 12 library branches began on May 27. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they’re made available again.
This process means patrons can expect a delay before returned items are removed from their accounts. However, no overdue fines will be assessed during this time, according to the release.
Beginning June 1, curbside holds pickup service will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m at the Hughes Main Library. This service will only be available to library cardholders who’ve been notified that their materials are ready for pickup. Curbside pickup will then be expanded to the Augusta Road, Five Forks, Greer, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest locations on June 8.
Library patrons can start placing up to five new holds on materials online or over the phone beginning June 3, according to the release.
To help navigate curbside pickup service, the library system has shared the following guide:
- Once you receive a holds pickup notification, please call the location where your item is available to let staff know when you wish to pick up your item(s).
- Be ready to provide your library card number over the phone so staff can check out your materials to your library account and have them ready for you when you arrive.
- Curbside holds pickup service is being provided on a walk-up basis. Please visit the curbside service table located near the entrance.
- To ensure quick and secure service, please be ready to provide your first and last name and the last five digits of your library card number. Library staff will then retrieve your materials and place them on the service table for you to pick up.