The San Diego Public Library reopened more than a dozen of its locations on Tuesday to offer in-person services once more.
The city announced that beginning Tuesday, a total of 26 libraries will be open for patrons to visit in person. The following locations will continue their service after being closed for months:
- Allied Gardens/Benjamin
- Carmel Mountain Ranch
- City Heights/Weingart
- Linda Vista
- North Park
- Otay Mesa-Nestor
- Pacific Beach/Taylor
- Paradise Hills
- Rancho Penasquitos
- San Carlos
- Scripps Miramar Ranch
- University Community
Guests will be able to check out and return books at the facilities, as well as use library computers, printers and have the option to renew their library cards. Some locations participate in the city’s SD Access 4 All program, which allows San Diegans to borrow laptops for a couple of hours and mobile hotspots.
"We are the only place that many people can come for anything: for knowledge, to use the computer, to cultural programs and everything," said Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library Director. "We're in every neighborhood and I think people recognize that and they know the value that the library has."
Visitors who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear facial coverings, the city said in a statement. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear masks indoors and are encouraged to wear them outdoors if they’re unable to social distance from others.
The city added that some of its facilities will expand this summer. Passport services are available at the City Administration Building and appointments can be scheduled online.