New Change Takes Effect on Monday, April 19
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Welcome back to the Library! Words that will ring true for the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) starting Monday, April 19. With Santa Clara County under the Orange Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan, SCCLD is happy to announce patrons will be able to enjoy expanded building access with up to 50% occupancy starting April 19. Visitors will be able to browse the full library collection and enjoy computer and printing services at Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga Libraries Monday-Saturday. Hours will also be expanded and announced at a later date. Library events will continue to be held virtually.
“It is exciting to welcome patrons back into our library spaces,” said County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. “It has been a challenging year, and we thank our patrons for their patience. Due to the hard work and flexibility of our staff, the District has provided a wide variety of in-person and virtual library services that evolved along with the changing COVID-19 guidelines. We are now looking forward to this next step to serve our communities.”
Modifications have been made for the health and safety of patrons and staff. Visitors are asked to limit their stay up to one hour. They must also be COVID-19 symptom free, wear a face covering and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizer is available to patrons as they enter and exit the library. Use of the self-service machines to check out items is encouraged. Patrons will need to have their library card with them, or know their library card number and PIN to use the self-check machines. Patrons can call (408) 540-3945 for assistance.
“This is wonderful news for Santa Clara County Library District patrons!” said Mike Wasserman, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Library Joint Powers Authority Board. “It’s encouraging to see more businesses, schools and our libraries able to welcome residents back. The Library District offers free resources and services for residents of all ages and is an important part of every strong community.”
Campbell Library, in anticipation of its move to a temporary location later this spring, will continue to provide curbside and walkup service Monday-Saturday. In partnership with the City of Campbell, plans for the full library renovation move forward and library services will be relocated to a temporary facility, conveniently located in the Campbell Community Center. More details will be provided at a later date.
Patrons may still arrange for contactless curbside service, where a staff member will bring a patron’s items to their vehicle. Appointments can be made online or by calling (408) 540-3947. Account and reference service will continue by phone, email, or chat. All additional updates about SCCLD services are available at sccld.org/informed.