NEW YORK - The city's public libraries will reopen on a limited basis next month.
The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library plan to reopen 22 branches for grab-and-go service starting Monday, July 13.
Visitors will be allowed access to a small area of the open branches to pick up and return checkouts placed online or over the phone.
Masks must be worn and visitors must leave the libraries as soon as the pickups or returns are complete.
At this stage, there will be no browsing, in-person reference, or computer use.
The libraries will also not charge late fees for the time being.
This limited reopening is the first step in a phased approach to bringing back full service at the libraries.