"Library Express" launches Monday

Updated: April 08, 2021 10:43 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 05:37 PM

Do you remember the last time you stepped foot into a branch of the Duluth Public Library? It's been about a year since the pandemic closed their doors, but it's time to get back inside!

At two branches, there is a "Library Express" program launching Monday, April 12. People will be able to pick out books and materials and check them out, pick up holds and get library cards. 

"Library Express is meant to be a real quick in and out service, and not the kind of service where you linger to read the newspaper, or kids use the play area," said Library Manager, Carla Powers. "Those days are coming, but they're not here quite yet. Right now, it's just grab your items and be on your way so the next person can come in and grab their items."

The Mount Royal and West Duluth branches will have open hours on weekdays. 

Mount Royal

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 1 - 7 p.m. Wednesday

West Duluth

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 1 - 7 p.m. Tuesday

Curbside pickup and computer use will still be available at the main library downtown. 

"We have had to adapt our own services, and I am so proud of Carla and this team at the library," said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. "What they've been able to do, to protect resident health, staff health, and still provide services -- not in the same way, not in the way we'd love to do." But Larson says it's important for Duluthians to understand how crutial these library services are to the community.

"We believe that you need these services -- how hard we are working to provide them in a way that protects your health and safety and our staff," said Larson.

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