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After over a year with no in-building service, the Pierce County Library System has reopened three of its libraries. The Graham and Steilacoom Pierce County Libraries reopened Tuesday, June 8, and the Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library followed on Wednesday, June 9.

The libraries are opening with limited services to start, but visitors can come into the buildings to browse bookshelves, check out books, and movies or magazines.

According to a release, Pierce County Library executive director Georgia Lomax said they are thrilled to welcome people back safely inside the library buildings.

“We know people have been eager to visit their libraries and search for and discover books and movies on their own. We took time to consider and create the best possible experience — to ensure the public and staff members are safe,” Lomax said in the release.

Visitors will have access to computers or for scanning and faxing. Seating is limited and is reserved mostly for people using computers.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, study rooms, conference rooms, and meeting rooms will be closed. Visitors are also encouraged to limit their time in the buildings, as capacity is limited. Online classes and events will continue to be offered.

These three locations were selected because they represent a breadth of the library’s service area in geography, size of buildings, and are good models to learn from.

The library plans to open 18 of its 20 locations for browsing services throughout the summer. Curbside pick-up of books, movies, and other items will be continued at 19 Pierce County locations.