Los Altos main library offers lobby service beginning this week

The Santa Clara County Library District reopened its lobby service this week, which includes expanded offerings – in addition to contactless curbside service – at the Los Altos main library during specific hours Mondays through Saturdays.

The Los Altos main library will offer lobby service, but the Woodland Branch will not. Hours are 3-7 p.m. (lobby) and 3-5 p.m. (curbside) Mondays and Tuesdays; and 1-5 p.m. (lobby) Wednesdays through Saturdays.
“Lobby service invites patrons to safely enter the library to pick up holds and browse book bundles, best-sellers, movies and new collections,” county librarian Jennifer Weeks said. “No appointment is required, and with a limited browsing collection and bundles available, everyone can discover something new.”

Visitors who enter district libraries must be COVID-19 symptom-free, wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available as patrons enter and exit. Each library has self-service machines to check out items. Patrons must have their library card with them, or know their library card number and PIN, to use the machines. Visitors are asked to keep their visit to 10 minutes to allow as many people as possible to safely use the lobby service.

“The Santa Clara County Library District has been able to quickly adapt and evolve with the changing health and safety protocols to offer exemplary services,” said Mike Wasserman, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and chair of the Library Joint Powers Authority Board.

Patrons may still arrange contactless curbside service, where a staff member will bring items out to a vehicle. Appointments can be made online or by calling (408)

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