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Libraries to open for browsing, checkout at limited capacities
Denair library
Stanislaus County library branches will reopen on Monday. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

Most Stanislaus County libraries will open for browsing and checkout of materials starting Monday.

Capacities will be limited, in keeping with California’s current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing will be required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time.

“We are so happy to welcome the public back into our buildings,” said Sarah Dentan, county library director. “And we are looking forward to expanding in person offerings as we are able.”

Libraries in Modesto and Salida will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. These two branches will be closed on Fridays and Sundays.

Book returns, which have remained closed in Modesto and Salida, will also reopen on Monday.

Library branches in Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank and Waterford will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. These branches will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

Libraries in Denair and Keyes will continue to offer no-contact pick-up of materials only. The Turlock Library remains closed for expansion and renovation, which is expected to be completed sometime this spring.

Library programs such as Story Time and book discussions will continue to be offered in a virtual format at this time.

For more information, please see the library website, or call your library branch.