Many community members have contacted us to let us know they would like to see Tacoma Public Library reopen libraries to the public. We would really like to open up, as soon as it is safe to do so. We had hoped to open two of our neighborhood libraries by the end of the year, in compliance with Gov. Inslee's Safe Start reopening plan issued on Oct. 6, opens a new window. However, with COVID-19 cases skyrocketing and new guidance issued on Sunday, Nov. 15, opens a new window, unfortunately, it is not safe to open libraries to the public at this time. We will continue to offer a range of services such as curbside holds pickup and virtual/interactive programs, and support our community with online services, resources, and one-on-one assistance. Up-to-date information about current services can be found on our website on our TPL Now webpage.
For additional insight into the unique set of challenges libraries have in reopening during this pandemic, please see this article, opens a new window from KUOW.
TPL’s commitment to serving our community means that we must prioritize the safety of our public and staff. With all Washingtonians and Tacomans working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and staying home, we hope to see a reduction in cases that would lead to a safe reopening for our libraries.
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