The Lackawanna County Library System will begin offering curbside pickup and book returns on Monday now that the county has entered the yellow phase of reopening during the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrons will be able to pick up books, DVDs and more without having to enter the library. Anyone interested in checking out an item must put the item on hold and wait for notification that the items are ready for pickup, which also will come with instructions on how to get everything. People who placed holds before the libraries closed temporarily in March also will be notified when their items are ready for pickup.
For details about how to put an item on hold, visit the library’s website.
Anyone who borrowed an item and did not return it before the shutdown can now return them in their libraries’ book drops. The libraries have waived fines. The libraries will quarantine returned items for 72 hours to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before placing them back into circulation, at which time the items will be removed from the borrowers’ accounts. Fines will not accrue during the 72-hour quarantine.
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