Portland Public Library Starts Phased Reopening on June 1st; Initially, Fines Overlooked


The Portland Public Library will begin a phased re-opening beginning on Monday, June 1 in accordance with state and city guidelines.

The first step in the reopening of the Portland Public Library is to reopen the book drops so patons can return library items checked out prior to the closure caused by the pandemic.  Exterior book drops at all branches will be open on Monday, June 1st.  The Library requires that all patrons and staff practice safe physical distancing and wear face coverings.  The due date for all currently checked out materials is Monday, June 29.  No fines or fees are being collected until after that date.  All returned materials will be quarantined according to the current guidance which is seen days before being returned to the shelves and available again to the public.

“Portland Public Library patrons currently have more than 25,000 books and videos circulating in the community,” said Sarah Campbell, the Executive Director of the Portland Public Library.  “We know that people are eager to return these items, though we want to also remind people that due dates are extended until June 29, so there is no immediate rush to return materials.”

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