For the first time in nearly six months, Putnam County’s library branches will be open for public access on Monday at 10 a.m.
The libraries closed to in-person patrons on March 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, as did many area library systems. The switch back to public access — albeit at limited hours and capacity — leaves the Alachua County Library District as an outlier among libraries in north central Florida in continuing to offer only curbside service and appointment-based computer usage.
Putnam County’s branches will reopen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
“If you are sick, you are asked to stay home and not visit the library,” the library system wrote in its Facebook announcement.