Fort Bend Co. libraries move into phase two of COVID-19 reopening plan

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 11/15/20

Fort Bend County libraries have begun Phase Two of reopening their buildings to visitors. The second phase will allow visitors access – though somewhat limited – to the county’s …

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Fort Bend Co. libraries move into phase two of COVID-19 reopening plan

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Fort Bend County libraries have begun Phase Two of reopening their buildings to visitors. The second phase will allow visitors access – though somewhat limited – to the county’s libraries in Cinco Ranch, Richmond, Missouri City and the Sienna Branch Library for grab-and-go services, the Fort Bend County Library system announced in a press release.

“We miss all of our patrons, and we know how important our libraries are to their daily lives,” said Library Director Clara Russell. “We want to return to ‘normal’ service as soon as possible, but this needs to happen in phases so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.”

Under the guidelines for Phase Two, library visitors will be able to:

  • Browse collections on the first floor.
  • Apply for or renew library cards.
  • Update addresses on their library accounts.
  • Pay fines and fees of $5 or more with a credit card. (No cash will be accepted at this time.)
  • Make copies, scan or fax documents.
  • Use computers and print documents. (By reservation only. Two-hour time limit.)
  • Ask a librarian for assistance at the reference desk.
  • Check out mobile WiFi hotspots and launchpads. (Fort Bend County residents only on a first-come, first-served basis. Connectivity items must be returned to the library they were checked out from.)

The number of visitors allowed in each library will be limited in order to ensure social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Visitors must wear masks in accordance with county guidelines during the pandemic. A brief health screening will occur prior to entry.

The libraries will also be set up to allow social distancing throughout and some areas such as lounges and study tables will not be available for use.

Libraries will not be accepting donations of books at this time.

Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Materials should be returned using the outside drop boxes at each library.

“FBCL serves a large number of residents throughout the county, so we are being very thoughtful and deliberate with our re-opening plans,” Russell said. “These are our friends and neighbors, and we’re going to do everything in our power to expand library services while keeping our staff and communities safe.”

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