For the first time in a while, all Mesa County Public Library locations are back to their normal hours of operation. Now's the time to make the most of your local library.

I'm a huge fan of the Mesa County Public Libraries. During the shutdown I found myself experiencing withdrawals. Granted, we all have the opportunity to use the MCPL's online options, but some, like me, are a little too old-school for that. The online services are great, but there are those of us who like good old fashioned books.

With the return to normal hours comes a handful of new regulations. The first is a given; all patrons over the age of 11 must wear a mask. In the event you want to enter the library but do not have a mask, one will be provided. Exemptions include:

  • Individuals ten years old and younger
  • Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering

What if you're not comfortable with the idea of entering the library? Curbside service for holds is still available at all Mesa County locations. To arrange for curbside pickup:

  1. Place your items on hold using the MCPL online catalog.
  2. They will notify you when items are available.
  3. After you’re notified, call your library branch to arrange a pick-up time.

Some on-site services are still limited. Public computers, printing, copying, Wifi, study rooms, and tables and chairs are available on a limited basis. Other services are still unavailable for the time being. Those would include:

  • In-person events, programs, and classes
  • Community rooms
  • Meeting up and hanging out
  • In-depth, in-person assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Toys and games in the play area
  • Most lounge seating
  • Digital conversion station
  • Magazine exchange
  • Book donations

I'm heading to the library. The Central branch at 443 N. 6th Street is open:

  • Mon - Thurs: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9pm - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed May - Sept
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