PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/28/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 062821-2
Subject:
Six More Long Beach Public Library Branches to Reopen to Public
Contact:
Glenda Williams
Director
Library Services
562.570.6016
Glenda.Williams@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will resume in-person services at six more library locations by July 6. The libraries, which first closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, have been reopening in phases beginning last month with Billie Jean King Main Library and Bay Shore, Mark Twain and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries. Bret Harte and Los Altos Neighborhood Libraries will reopen Tuesday, June 29, and Ruth Bach, Brewitt, Burnett and Dana Neighborhood Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. 

“We are very excited that nearly all of our libraries will once again be able to welcome residents back in-person,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Educational and technology resources for our families, students and job seekers are key to fostering our continued growth and recovery as a city. Our libraries play a vital role in providing equitable access.”

Currently, the libraries that offer in-person services have restrictions on computer use and the amount of time spent inside the library. Those restrictions will be lifted on June 30; seating and study space also will be available at that time. Select services such as the Family Learning Centers, the Studio at Billie Jean King Main Library and the Learning Lab at Michelle Obama Library will offer limited services beginning late summer. Scheduled virtual programs such as the Summer Reading Program will remain online with in-person programs for youth and teens being planned for late summer. 

El Dorado Neighborhood Library will continue to offer LBPL To-Go (contactless pick-up) service due to pending heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance; and Alamitos Neighborhood Library, which is also undergoing HVAC maintenance, will remain temporarily closed.

“It’s been a long time coming and we are so happy to be able to welcome patrons back inside our buildings,” said Library Services Director Glenda Williams. “We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from all our residents who continued to borrow books even while we were closed. Now it’s time to get back to what we do best, which is serve the public and do our part to help the city get back on its feet.” 

Facial coverings will be required at the libraries for unvaccinated individuals ages two years and older, per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance.

Further details on library reopenings will be available via the LBPL website, and on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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