NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City’s public libraries will partially reopen July 13.

The New York, Brooklyn and Queens systems will start offering grab-and-go services.

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In the first phase:

  • Visitors can access small areas of the open branches to pick up and return orders placed online or over the phone
  • Visitors must wear masks, physically distance from staff and patrons, and respect capacity limits
  • Visitors must leave as soon as their pickups or returns are complete (there will be no browsing, in-person reference or computer use)
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All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they’re put back into circulation.

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The libraries have been closed since March, but continued to offer e-books and online tutoring.