Libraries extend closures for visitors, employees safety

Posted at 7:49 AM, May 04, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Libraries across the State of Texas have the go-ahead to open their doors but those in Corpus Christi say they want to take their time before reopening.

Corpus Christi Public Libraries have not seen members of the community roaming their bookshelves due to being closed for concerns connected with the ongoing pandemic.

However, local libraries have offered curbside services for those still wanting to check out items.

Checkouts come with precautions as staff will keep things safe for others to reuse.

Objects are handled with gloves and returned items are placed on a 72-hour quarantine before being able to get checked out.

Neyland Public Library manager Michelle Balis says the City of Corpus Christi has a lot to consider before selecting a reopen date.

Regulations such as social distancing, equipment use, and if new furniture will need to be added to the facilities.

“If we open up too fast, too soon it could spread a lot. And everyone might end up sick, including staff who would then not be here to keep the libraries open,” Balis said.

The libraries are also considering adding plexiglass inside their branches to keep everyone safe.

Curbside pickups are available Monday through Friday.

Virtual experiences and programs are available here.