Five public libraries in Fort Bend County will reopen to the public March 15 after being closed to indoor visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
George Memorial Library in Richmond, Cinco Ranch Branch Library in Katy, University Branch Library in Sugar Land, Missouri City Branch Library in Missouri City and Sienna Branch Library in the Sienna master-planned community will reopen with some limitations on March 15, County Judge KP George announced in a March 11 video.
Throughout the pandemic, the county has been fielding “hundreds of inquiries” about when libraries would reopen to the public, George said, adding that he was thrilled to announce the good news.
“Fort Bend County libraries have been playing a major role in our citizens’ lives … they do a lot of wonderful things for our community,” he said.
Sandy Johnson, Fort Bend County Libraries marketing and communications manager, said the libraries be open for residents to browse book collections, apply for library cards, use the computers and use study rooms on a limited basis. In addition, the libraries will continue to offer curbside pickup.
Visitors to the libraries will be required to wear masks and will get their temperatures checked upon arrival, George said.
Despite the reopenings, George urged residents to remember that COVID-19 is still present and spreading throughout the community and have patience with library staff.
“Our staff, our leadership in the library system, they are working so hard to make this happen, so be patient with us,” he said. “Be patient with them so that they can serve you better.”