U.S. San Francisco to reopen public libraries

# 07:10
21 April 2021

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced the San Francisco Public Library will begin to reopen for limited indoor service on May 3, with the reopening of the first floor of the Main Library, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The Branch Libraries in China Town and Mission Bay will reopen the week of May 17. Additional floors at the Main Library and neighborhood branches will reopen as staffing permits and San Francisco continues to make progress on its recovery, the announcement said.

"I want to thank all of the library staff, along with all the other city workers, who have been serving San Francisco's COVID response for more than a year now," said Breed.

"I know that people have really been missing the library, and though we've adapted to provide more to-go options and online resources, there's nothing quite like getting to browse the shelves and pick out your next book," she added.

"We are so proud to start welcoming them back inside," said city librarian Michael Lambert. "Over the past few months, we have been hard at work laying the foundation for an in-person service that follows the latest public health guidance and safety protocols to protect our staff and patrons."