by Nick Garber 

Two more; Harlem libraries will reopen for grab and go pickups and returns

next month part of the library system's phased reopening plan.

Harlem, NY - Two more Harlem libraries are set to reopen for grab-and-go

service in September, the New York Pubic Library announced Monday, adding

to the list of branches that are resuming physical services after shutting 

down in March at the height of the city's coronavirus outbreak.

The 125th Street Library (224 East 125th St) and the Harlem Library  (9 West

124th Street) are two of the 20 neighborhood brancjes that will host grab-and-go

service starting Tuesday, Sept 8.

Those 20 branches represent the third round of the NYPL's phased reopening,

after the system opened eight branches on July 13 and 22 more on Aug. 3.

There will now be 50 branches citywide open for pickups and returns.

All visitors and staff will still be required to wear masks, physicallly distance from

others and adhere to capacity limits. Small  protions of the physical library space

will open for contactless pickup and returns, and browing will not be allowed.

Other Manhattan library branches reopeningSept.8 include the 96th Street 

Library on the Upper East Side, the Kips Bay Library on 3rd Avenue and the 

Columbus Library on 10th Avenue in Hell's kitchen.

The New York Public Library closed all of its branches on March 14 to help curb

the spread of rhew coronavirus outbreak as the city approached the peaks of

of its outbreak. The initial closure has a planned March 31 reopening, but

the closure was quickly made indefinite after the original announcement.

Library users will not accumulate fines on overdue materials, even if their 

library branches reopen for grab-and-go service,. Expanded online offerings

such as e-book checkout, research databases and virtual classes will

continue to be offered during the library]s phased reopening.

Brendan Krisel contribute to thie report

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