Photo: the Annex
Flint Public Library continues a phased re-opening at Courtland Center with the addition of computer and genealogy services.
Beginning August 6, patrons can visit the Annex, a secondary space at Courtland Center occupied by Flint Public Library. Computers and printers for public use have been set up in the Annex as well as the resources for genealogy research. Due to the social distancing requirements 10 computers will be available for public use with a one-hour use limit.
The Annex is open the same hours as the library: Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The library will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
“This is the next planned phase of our re-opening,” says Kay Schwartz, library director.
“We know that public computers are an essential service,” Schwartz added. “We provided more than 31,000 hours of computer use last year, in addition to the Wi-Fi that patrons could access throughout the building. We have located genealogy with the computers because so much of the research is digital. Both of these high-touch resources required us to think carefully about cleaning procedures in light of COVID-19. That’s why we waited a little longer to re-open this service.”
Flint Public Library began its re-opening on July 23 with a Browse & Go service for books, music and DVDs. So far, the number of in-person visitors has been light but steady.
“We thank every visitor who has helped us maintain public safety by following the guidelines,” said Schwartz. “Those same guidelines will be in effect for the Annex, including the one hour time limit. We will continue to give each visitor a brochure that explains our safety procedures.”
The Library will post updates about the re-opening on its website, fpl.info. This website will be updated regularly as services change.
Flint Public Library’s temporary location is at Courtland Center (4190 E. Court St., Burton). Visitors should use Entrance A and then look for the Library signage. Plenty of free parking is available.
Flint Public Library has served this community since 1851.