Reopening Phases

We are pleased to announce that Alameda Free Library will be reopening the Main Library at Phase 3 on Monday, May 3rd for select in-person services. We will continue to offer Library Takeout and Computer Services at the Main Library. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, the library will be gradually reintroducing in-person services using a phased approach to reopening. During this new phase, we are excited to open the doors as we remain committed to keeping our staff and guests safe as we take the next step in reopening.

Current Library Hours (For Computer Access and Library Takeout Only):

Monday: 2-7pm
Tuesday-Friday: 12-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Phase 1
Phase 2 
Phase 3
Phase 4
Phase 5

Current Library Offerings at Phase 3:


Phase 1 : Library Takeout

As of June 2020, the Library will offer Library Takeout of all Library materials at the Main Library. Book drops at all library locations are open, and hold requests can be placed online or by phone (510)747-7740. Library materials will be quarantined after they have been returned. Users are asked to comply with safety guidelines which include physical distancing and wearing face coverings at all times.

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Newly Added Services:
• Reserve and check out items through Library Takeout
• Participate in our Online Programs

Phase 2: Computer Access

The Main Library location will be open for limited computer and printing access for a maximum of 25 minutes. All users will be required to wear face coverings at all times.

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Newly Added Services:
• 25-minute Computer Access for printing, scanning, and research use
15-minute one-on-one tech support via Zoom

Phase 3: Limited Onsite Access

On May 3rd, the Main Library will be open for limited onsite access to computer and printing services. Users will be allowed to browse the library collection for a limited time inside the building. Users will be required to wear face coverings at all time. Please see our updated COVID procedures when visiting the library.

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Newly Added Services:
• Timed Access for browsing materials inside the library
• Self-checkout stations are open

Phase 4: Extended Onsite Access (services and date TBD)


Phase 5: Full Access (services and date TBD)