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Providence Community Libraries Reopen on July 1

Providence Community Library (PCL) will reopen its nine neighborhood locations on Wednesday, July 1. PCL will operate a summer schedule until September 4, with slightly reduced hours and mid-day closings which allow for extra cleaning of surfaces and safe quarantining of returned items. Patrons may make brief visits, browse and borrow materials and pick up reserved items and materials for the Summer Reading Program.

PCL will operate capacity plans in its buildings to ensure that people can safely maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Everyone who visits the library (inside or outside) must wear masks and will be asked to wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer) and maintain social distancing. Libraries will continue to provide contactless curbside pick-up service for patrons who need it, simply call ahead to request materials and set up a pick up time during your library’s service hours.

There will be no seating in the library but some chairs and tables will be provided outdoors under a canopy.  Computers will be available later in the summer, once library spaces are fitted with custom plexi screens; in the meantime, people are free to access library WiFi on their own devices. Print, copy and fax services are available. The need to maintain safe, social distancing means there is a new-look Summer Reading Program, based on digital resources and Passport to Summer Learning Takeaway Bags. The Inside-Out Summer program, created by PVD Young Makers and Providence Community Library for Middle and High School grades, also offers web-based design and business challenges, supplemented by weekly Workshop Bags filled with materials.  Both the Takeaway bags and the Workshop bags can be picked up from PCL locations or from Providence Public Library. Virtual programming on PCL’s YouTube channel will continue through the summer.

Library hours July 1 – September 4 are as follows (see our website for address and contact details):

Fox Point
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Tuesday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Knight Memorial
Monday & Wednesday:  12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Tuesday & Thursday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Friday & Saturday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM  
Mt. Pleasant
Monday & Tuesday:  12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Wednesday Thursday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Friday & Saturday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM  
Olneyville
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM  
Wednesday:  12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM  
Rochambeau
Monday & Thursday:  12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Tuesday & Wednesday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM  
Friday & Saturday:  10:00AM – 1:00PM
Smith Hill
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM  
Wednesday:  12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM  
South Providence
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Tuesday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00PM – 1:00PM
Wanskuck
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM  
Thursday: 12:00AM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Washington Park
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM  
Thursday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM  

PCL closed its doors on March 13 due to the pandemic at the request of the City of Providence but continued to provide residents with information and resources, access to digital and streaming services,a help desk and a busy schedule of virtual programs on its YouTube Channel. In April, PCL was also one of the first libraries in Rhode Island to initiate a regular curbside pick-up service.

“People have been reading more and demand for library cards and digital services increased during our closure,” said PCL Library Director, Cheryl Space. “Staff have been working very hard to create a safe library experience for everyone and we are excited to welcome everyone back inside again.”

For more about Providence Community Library, visit the website.

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