The 7 Things to Know Before You Return to Bentonville Public Library

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Jun 10, 2020

The Bentonville Public Library has reopened, with limited hours and new protocols, after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Limited Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM

Friday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM.

The library will be open for “transactional” services only such as returns, checkouts, and computer use.

Staff and patrons will be asked to follow new protocols, including the familiar 6-foot social distancing guideline.  

Here’s the top-7 things to know before you go to BPL:

  1. Patrons ten-years-old and up are required to wear a mask or face covering to enter the library, and must wear it while inside the library.
  2. Limited hours of service apply (hours listed above).
  3. Capacity limits will be enforced – initially, 50 people at a time inside the library.
  4. Time limits will be enforced when BPL is at capacity – initially, 30 minutes per patron.
  5. Patrons will be required to register outside the front door by showing their library card. 
  6. Certain areas of the library, and some collections, are closed.
  7. Children under ten-years-old must stay with their caregiver at all times.

Patrons are encouraged to continue to use self-service pickup and returns, a service available Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Library representatives also ask that patrons use the online form to request a library card.

Cover photo credit:  Bentonville Public Library Facebook page

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