Reopening Phases

We are pleased to announce that the Alameda Free Library will be opening the Bay Farm Island and West End Branch library branches beginning August 16th for two days a week. The Main Library will be extending open hours Monday through Saturday. 

During this phase we will be be adding access to computers in the children's department, as well as adding access to the teen room and quiet reading room. 

We remain committed to keeping our staff and guests safe as we move towards fully opening on September 7th

Please look below for the full schedule that will start on August 16th.

Main Library Hours (Beginning on Monday, August 16th )

Monday: 12-8pm
Tuesday: 12-8pm
Wednesday:10am-8pm
Thursday: 10-5pm
Friday: 10-5pm
Saturday: 10-5pm
Sunday: Closed

West End Branch Hours (Beginning on Monday, August 16th )

Monday: 12-7pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday:10am-5pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Bay Farm Island Branch Hours (Beginning on Monday, August 16th )

Monday:Closed
Tuesday: 12-7pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Phase 1
Phase 2 
Phase 3
Phase 4
Phase 5

Current Library Offerings Beginning August 16th:

  • Untimed browsing, access to additional computers and indoor seating, extended hours Monday through Saturday
  • BFI and WEB open two days a week
  • Quiet Reading Room and Teen Center open for use
  • Childrens computer stations available for use
  • Computer Lab Help via zoom 15-minute one-on-one tech support assistance.
  • Virtual Programs offer fun virtual activities for all ages to learn together and stay connected during this time of physical distancing.
  • “Ask A Librarian” connects members with librarians for reference questions, research help, assistance with online resources, and more.
  • Online Resources, including eBooks, streaming movies, and more can be accessed with your library card.
  • eCards Gives California residents instant access to all online resources.
  • Lawyers in the Library (by phone)

 

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. Six library computer workstations (with a 1 hour limit) are available for drop-in use on a first-come first-served basis.

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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 (Beginning July 12th)

On August 16th, both Library Branches will be open for limited hours. The Main Library will have extended hours Monday through Saturday. The quiet reading room, and the teen center will now be open for use. Users will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Please see our updated COVID procedures when visiting the library. 

 
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Newly Added Services:

  • Branches are now open 2 days a week
    • West End Branch: Mondays 12-7pm & Wednesdays 12-5pm
    • Bay Farm Island Branch: Tuesdays 12-7pm & Thursdays 12-5pm
  • Quiet Reading Room and Teen Center open for use
  • Children's computer stations available for use


Phase 5: Full Access (beginning September 7th )