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The Kingsport Public Library, along with other regional libraries (Bristol and Washington County), is planning to move to the next phase of reopening to the public on Monday, July 6.

During this phase, the Library will be open to the public to allow for selection and circulation of materials. In an effort to minimize the risk to the public and staff during this stage, lingering or using the library as a meeting space will not be allowed. All seating, toys, and interactive activities will be removed. Materials will continue to be quarantined the recommended 72 hours when returned. In addition, the number of patrons in the building and the hours of operation will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing and the sanitizing of the public spaces.

Public Access Computers will be available by appointment only. The computers being used will be at least 6 feet apart and will be cleaned between users.

Curbside service will continue, allowing community members to pickup materials without entering the library.

Patrons are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance as recommended by the CDC. Additionally, if you are sick please stay home.

This plan is based on the best practice recommendations and what libraries across the country and around the world are doing during this pandemic. Our goal is to be able to meet the needs of the community while doing all that is possible to minimize the risk of exposure for the community and the staff.

For more information about the reopening of Kingsport Public Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.

* No donations are being accepted at this time.