LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday introduced a new program offering curbside service at 18 L.A. Public Library branches.

“Our libraries are anchors of academic achievement and lifelong learning, and by bringing curbside pickup to these beating hearts of our communities, we will reopen doors of creativity, discovery and imagination for all of us,” Garcetti said.

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The Library To Go program will allow people to pick up and drop off materials curbside in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while still servicing the community.

People will be able to pick up items they had requested, but were unable to collect when LAPD closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and can place new holds using the online catalog.

Once a hold is placed, the requester will receive an email or phone call instructing them how to set up a time to pick up the materials.

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Library officials said when materials are returned, they will be isolated for 72 hours before being returned to shelves or being reissued, as recommended by public health experts.

As of Thursday, curbside service was offered at the following 13 locations:

  • Arroyo Seco Regional Branch
  • Central Library
  • Echo Park Branch
  • Junipero Serra Branch
  • Los Feliz Branch
  • Mar Vista Branch
  • Northridge Branch
  • Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch
  • San Pedro Regional Branch
  • Studio City Branch
  • Sylmar Branch
  • Westwood Branch
  • Woodland Hills Branch

On Tuesday, the program will expand to include the following five locations:

  • Exposition Park Regional Branch
  • Fairfax Branch
  • Panorama City Branch
  • Sherman Oaks Branch
  • Silver Lake Branch

“We are thrilled to be launching the Library To Go pickup service,” John Szabo, city librarian, said. “We know that Angelenos love their libraries and have missed them.”

Due dates for materials checked out before the library closed have been extended to Sept. 30. New items checked out will follow standard borrowing schedules.

More information about Library To Go services can be found on LAPL’s website.

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