Library Announces Phased Reopening

 The Meherrin Regional Library closed to the public on March 18th in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the governor’s stay at home orders. Since then the library has been working behind the scenes to bring books and services back to the community. While closed, the library staff have been preparing library facilities to promote social distancing; acquiring PPE for enhanced cleaning of books and other surfaces; converting the annual Summer Reading Program into a virtual experience; increasing online ebooks, newspapers, magazines and other offerings; installing contact-free locker pick up services; and developing plans to meet the community’s needs in a new normal.

Starting Monday, June 29th MRLS will be reopening its doors again to welcome patrons back to the library. The Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia, will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM until further notice (closed July 3rd for Independence Day). On closed days each library will continue to provide contact-free locker service and will be using that time to adapt to developing needs and sanitizing surfaces.

Face coverings and hand sanitizing will be required for all visitors entering library facilities during this initial reopening phase. Each library will have a ten patron building capacity. Because of this restriction the library suggests that patrons limit their visit to 30 minutes. Copier, fax, and scan services will be available as well as 30 minute public computer and printer sessions. Walk-ins are welcomed, however library use appointments will be accepted to minimize potential wait times.

For questions concerning library services contact the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539 or richardsonmemoriallibrary@gmail.com. The Brunswick County Library may be contacted at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or brunswicklibrary@gmail.com. MRLS is also found on Facebook at Meherrin Regional Library System.