Youngstown Library to Reopen 4 Branches Next Week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will reopen four branches starting Monday for limited services.

The Brownlee Woods and Springfield branches will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a capacity of 14 and 13, respectively. At the Brownlee Woods library, the Career and Job Center and business support services will be available by appointment only.

The Newport library will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a capacity of 25 patrons. The Sebring library will be open Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a capacity of 14.

At all open library branches, the first hour of operation is reserve for those 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to the coronavirus. For in-library service, all children 7 and younger must be with an adult parent or guardian.

“We are so pleased to be able to welcome patrons into our buildings. We have moved slowly and cautiously with planning due to the difficulties of the COVID-19 environment,” said Aimee Fifarek, executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, in a statement. “Our primary goal, along with providing service, is to ensure the safety of our patrons and our staff. We know the community has been eager to get back into our libraries, especially for access to computers and copy services.” 

Computers will be available for up to 50 minutes at a time and 10 minutes of cleaning and sanitizing will be done to each computer after a patron uses it. They are available by appointment or walk-up. Free Wi-Fi is available in library branch parking lots.

Curbside pickup of library materials, including books and Wi-FI hotspots, are available at Main Library, Austintown, Boardman and Canfield.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.