COVID-19 concerns prompt Indianapolis library restrictions

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You’ll still be able to go to the public library in Indianapolis, but you soon won’t be able browse the shelves for a book.

Starting on Dec. 21, the Indianapolis Public Library’s branches will restrict in-person services to curbside pickup and limited computer use. But in the hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19, the library system will until further notice not allow people to just walk to aisles looking for something to read.

Curbside pickup will be available to the public during normal business hours and people can still use the library’s online catalogue or contact the library directly to reserve a book and arrange a pickup time. And people can still use the library’s computers on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the library will impose a one-hour time limit for computer use.

The Indianapolis Star reports that curbside pickup will be available to the public during normal library hours. People can use the library’s online catalog or call a library directly to reserve a book and arrange a time to pick it up.

The new restrictions come at a time when Indiana has seen a significant rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus.

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