While it's not going to be quite like it was pre-pandemic, the Grand Rapids Library announced they'll be opening their branches once again to the public, starting October 12th.

As the library's website, GRPL.org states, that not everything will be available when the branches re-open but if you've been needing access to a public computer or printing/copying or faxing, that will be available.  Some other changes are a time limit you're allowed in the library, which is 30 minutes, and you'll have to wear a face mask as well as practicing social distancing while you're inside. They'll also be limiting the number of library guests allowed inside at the same time.

If you're needing to do research you'll need to make an appointment with the library branch you're hoping to visit, as the Local History and Special Collections department will be operating on an appointment-only basis. Also starting October 12th, you can start placing material on hold for pick-up again, according to the GRPL.org.

The library's website says that plexiglass shields have been installed at each service desk and self-check out kiosks and all building locations as well as library materials will be regularly sanitzed by staff.

A few things that still won't be available when the GRPL branches open October 12th are meeting rooms, children's play areas, and study spaces.  The GRPL website says most of the seating in the branches have been removed for health-safety reasons.

The library locations will also be operating on limited hours as well. All locations will be open Monday and Tuesdays from 1 - 7 pm and Wednesdays from 10 am - 4pm.  They'll all be closed on Thursdays, and not all locations will be open Fridays or Saturdays (some are open one of those days, but not both) and if they are open, the hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm.

Get all the info on the re-opening of the Grand Rapids Public Library Phase 3 opening plan as well as using their "contactless holds pick up service" though their website HERE.