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Eugene Public Library resumes pre-pandemic hours of operation

Rachael McDonald
The downtown Eugene Public Library has had to readjust many times over the past 18 months.

The Eugene Public Library is back to its pre-pandemic operating hours. The downtown library will again be open on Sundays and the Bethel and Sheldon branches will resume evening open hours.

"This is a happy day for us and for Eugene," Library Director Will O'Hearn said. "Every day during the pandemic, we've offered the maximum service we could at the time within safety restrictions. And we've heard from many people that the library has been their 'lifeline' this past year and a half. So it feels wonderful to be able to increase access with expanded hours, especially providing in-person services seven days a week."

The Downtown Library is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The outside book returns at the Downtown Library are open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day.

The Bethel and Sheldon branches are open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The outside book returns at Bethel and Sheldon are open 24 hours every day.

For more information, drop by any Eugene Public Library location, call 541-682-5450 or visit eugene-or.gov/library.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.