Good news for El Pasoans who are tired of virtual book reading and miss being shushed by the Library Lady. Five El Paso Public Library facilities are now open for in-person browsing

Restrictions on the use of certain city facilities and services that were previously imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are being relaxed as the city continues to transition from COVID crisis to COVID coexistence.

The move forward means you are now allowed to physically go inside the Dorris Van Doren, Memorial Park, Richard Burges, Irving Schwartz, and Judge Marquez libraries and browse through their collection of materials available to borrow, including books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs.

You won’t, however, be able to sit and read or lounge around leisurely inside the library as those actions are not yet allowed. Use of the computers, copiers, printers, and other services are also not available at this time, according to the library website. Those services will return at an unspecified later date.

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Visitors are encouraged to use self-checkout machines, and are required to mask up and maintain 6 ft. of social distancing while inside the library. Temperature checks will be conducted upon entry.

All five facilities will maintain curbside service for those who feel more comfortable borrowing materials in that manner.

Days and Times for In-Person Browsing

Days and hours of operation for Dorris Van Doren (551 E. Redd Rd.), Memorial Park (3200 Copper), Richard Burges (9600 Dyer), Irving Schwartz (1865 Dean Martin Dr.) and Judge Marquez (601 N. Yarbrough) are as follows:

Mondays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Curbside pickup will be available during the hours of operation stated above.

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Bookmobile Curbside Service

Below are the branches offering curbside service via the bookmobile as of April, 2021. This service will also be contactless and no one will be allowed inside the bookmobile. Materials must be reserved ahead of time by calling the Bookmobile at 915.212.0600 or online at www.elpasolibrary.org.

• Esperanza Acosta Moreno, Mondays 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Westside, Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Clardy Fox, Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Sergio Troncoso, Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Armijo, Fridays 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on schedules, services, and book and material returns visit El Paso Library.

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