A year into pandemic, Spokane libraries are welcoming patrons back inside

Spokane’s public libraries have been lending out books by the thousands throughout the pandemic, but they’re only now beginning to welcome patrons back inside.

Spokane Public Library announced this week that its branches will be open with regular hours for in-person browsing – without a reservation – at all of its locations on Monday.

In doing so, the city’s library joins the Spokane County Library District, which opened the doors to its 11 locations for in-person browsing on March 8.

Both library systems are limiting the capacity of their branches in accordance with state guidelines and have a slate of COVID-19 protocols in place, but the transition to open

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