Libraries start process of reopening

Mar 1st, 2021 | By | Category: News

The Lakewood branch of the Pierce County Library System has reopened for technology services with computers, Wi-Fi and printers, marking the first in-building service for the PCLS public since the pandemic started.

People can make appointments or visit during technology service hours. The building will be open Sunday 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed for cleaning 1-3 p.m.), Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed for cleaning 1-3 p.m.), and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (again, closed for cleaning 1 to 3).

Starting Feb. 22, the limited technology access in the meeting room of the Lakewood branch is part of a pilot project for reopening libraries according to the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. Other PCLS branches are closed to in-building access until further notice, but curbside and online service continues.

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Georgia Lomax, executive director of PCLS, said the Lakewood branch was chosen for the start of in-building technology use because “this location serves communities with among the lowest in-home access to technology in the county.” The goal is to “help lessen the digital divide that has grown more sharply during the pandemic,” she said.