By Rick Palsgrove
People love libraries and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic put a crimp in that love affair when the Columbus Metropolitan Library system closed all its branches on March 13.
But hope springs eternal for area book and lovers of information because, as of Sept. 22, the Southeast Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, located at 3980 S. Hamilton Road, opened for browsing.
“Like all CML locations, the Southeast Branch plays a vital role in the community it serves with services like public computer access, Job Help, Homework Help, and Reading Buddies,” said Gregg Dodd, director of marketing for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the branch has worked even harder to meet the needs of customers with curbside pickup and free copying, scanning and faxing services. The Southeast Branch and all other locations are open for limited services. The Southeast Branch opened ahead of 10 other CML locations.”
Dodd said the Southeast Branch is currently open for limited services, which includes: browsing the collection; using the public computers; print, copy, scan and faxing; getting job help; picking up items; returning items; and getting Grab and Go books.
“Curbside Pick-up remains available as well,” said Dodd.
Due to the pandemic, ongoing safety precautions remain in place. According to Dodd, the following restrictions and services remain unavailable for customers:
•Customers over the age of five are required to wear a face covering.
•Meeting rooms are unavailable for booking and use.
•All in-person programming has been paused (such as Storytimes).
•The number of customers in the building are limited to ensure effective social distancing. The library staff will let customers know if they need to wait.
•There is a one hour limit on the use of public computers.
Dodd said the normal daily attendance at the Southeast Branch when it was in operation before the COVID outbreak was around 650 visits.
Call 614-645-2275 for library information or visit columbuslibrary.org.