Although the absolute gem that is the Mill Valley Public Library has innovated in spades during the COVID-19 crisis, with a relentless array of digital services (see below), many residents miss the opportunity to pop in to pick out books, use the tech center  and more.

Starting Monday, May 3, library patrons will have the opportunity to do so on a limited, first-come, first-served basis via a “partial reopening.” Library staff will welcome patrons into the building for limited browsing and use of the Tech Center. “We have to monitor the total capacity of people in the building,” City Librarian Anji Brenner says. “We ask that you find the books you need, check them out, and be on your way. This will free up a spot for the next person to enter the building. Patrons can use a computer in our Tech Center for a maximum of 30 minutes per day. If you need more time, please check out our Tech to Go services.

Browsing and use of the Tech Center will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Curbside Service will continue seven days a week.

“We ask all of our patrons to respect the safety and well-being of others by following our mask mandate and maintaining social distancing while in the Library,” Brenner adds. “With your cooperation, things will run smoothly, and we can look forward to expanding hours and services.”

Starting Monday, May 3rd, Library hours are Mon., Wed., and Fri., 11am-5pm for browsing, the tech center and curbside pickup; Tue. and Thu., 11am-5pm for curbside pickup; and Sat.-Sun., 12pm-5pm for curbside pickup. 

As we mentioned above, while the library is getting ready for a partial, in-person reopening, it’s digital services are out of this world. Check out the informative, hilarious video from Digital Services Librarian Franklin Walther: