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Springfield Public Library Gradually Reopens With Appointments

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

The Springfield Public Library will open by appointment starting June 1. While the library has continued service for most of the pandemic, it’s the first time community members will be allowed to browse for books indoors.

Librarian Taylor Worley said she’s excited to see folks in person again. Some people have been able to use computers, Worley said there's something special about helping folks select books.

Access will be limited to cardholders who’ve scheduled 45 minute appointments over the phone.

"It really is so you can come in, browse, select your own materials," Worley said.

The library has been following a phased approach to opening. June 1 marks the beginning of phase 4.

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Springfield Public Library Librarian Taylor Worley

"Hopefully, we’re in that phase for a relatively short period of time," Worley said, "the next step would be to open our doors, not for our full service hours but transition from library by appointment to library open hours.”  

Masking and social distancing is required for entry. Worely adds the library’s phased reopening will depend on guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control. 
Appointments can be made for the following times depending on availability:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. I 

  • Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Patrons are asked to call 541-726-3766 in advance.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.