May 27, 2020

As of 8 a.m. on May 27, many Alabama public libraries are making plans to reopen amidst the Covid-19 crisis. The following is a list of public libraries with such plans as Alabama enters a recovery phase from stay-at-home orders.



Services Limited to:

Open or Pending Opening Date


Curbside Services

May 4

Anniston-Calhoun County

Curbside Services


May 6



After May 9 (Tentative)


Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Wednesday & Friday; 10am - 7pm Thursday. Maximum of 30 persons in building. Computer access limited to 30 minutes. Social distancing in place.

May 18


Installing sneeze guards. Public computers shut down until the end of May. Patrons may still access WiFi.

We will circulate books, make copies, send fax and try to be as helpful as possible. 

Staff is required to wear masks.

May 11 (Tentative)

BB Comer Memorial

Limited services with computers six feet apart. Library staff pulls books for patrons.


May 6

Blanche R Solomon Memorial (Headland)

Normal hours. Curbside service. Limiting patrons.

May 4

Carl Elliott Regional

Carl Elliot Regional Libraries (Arley, Carbon Hill, Double Springs, Haleyville, Jasper, and Sumiton) will remain closed until June 1.

June 1


Making plans to be open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm with curbside service only.

May 6

Cherokee County Social distancing guidelines established. Six feet tape guidelines applied to floor. In-person programming canceled. Meeting room access prohibited. Maximum ten people allowed with five in computer lab at once. May 4



May 1

Citronelle Memorial Ten person maximum allowed, including employees. Masks mandatory. Sneeze guard installed at front desk. Three public computers in use. Sanitized after each usage. May 18


Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm with limited access.


Cullman County


May 1

Dadeville Installing plexi barriers around circulation desk. Maximum ten person in building at once. Six feet social distancing and face masks encouraged. Programs and book club meetings canceled through summer. Considering offering curbside service. May 1


Observing six-foot distancing requirement. Opening every other computer terminal to maintain proper distance. Limiting persons to ten total (including staff). No programming. Circulating books. Wearing masks and gloves.

May 4

DeKalb County


May 15 (Tentative)


Curbside delivery. Computers available by reservation only for critical needs.  

May 4

Dothan Houston County

Planning to transition from curbside only to reopening building on May 18. Will reopen with limited hours (Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, and Saturday (10am – 2pm) with limited services and no access to study or community rooms. May 18 (Tentative)

Emma Knox Keenan

Regular hours of operation. Children’s room, book sale room and restrooms closed. Public limited to accommodate six-foot distancing. Self-checkout.

One computer available with 20 minute time limit.

We request parents and guardians to check out books for children instead of bringing them inside.

May 1


Regular Hours. Limited patrons and time of visits. Check-ins/Check-outs, limited computer usage(designated ones), and professional services only. Curbside service to patrons who must call ahead or visit online to reserve materials. Facility rearranged  to maintain six-foot distancing, 50 percent occupancy, and sanitation guidelines. Book drops open.

May 4

Eufaula Carnegie

Library reopening with new policies and procedures to limit patrons and staff to Covid. Patrons encouraged to keep library visits to 30 minutes or less. Use curbside service if possible. Maintain six-feet social distancing. Computer time limited to one hour per day. Keep children close at all times.

May 18


Limited services and no meeting rooms.

May 18

Fort Deposit

Staff working.
Monday and Thursday: 9am - 1pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm


Gadsden-Etowah – All Branches

Book drops now open at all three locations. Library will not open to public until May 18. Individuals may reserve and make a contactless pick up of materials at the main library entrance. 

On May 18, all three library locations will open to the public with limited access, limited services, no children, and no public computers. Library will operate at 50 percent capacity. Protective barriers/shields will be installed at circulation desks. All safety precautions will be followed (masks, gloves, social distancing, signage, disinfecting surfaces, etc).  Only one set of public restrooms will be available.

May 18

Gardendale (Jefferson County)

Open with all services available.

May 6



May 18 (Tentative)

Greenville-Butler County

Limited services and no meeting rooms. May 18


Curbside service from 9am – 2pm with building remaining closed. Making plans to reopen in phases to be determined. May 18

Hokes Bluff

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with no programming. Social distancing strictly enforced. Limit of 10 persons in building at all times. May 18

Horseshoe Bend Regional

Bookmobile resuming with one person/family allowed at a time. Building not open to public. Library passport service to resume in June by appointment only. June 1

Huntsville Madison  County – All Branches

Staff working. Curbside service available.

May 4


Open with reduced hours. Seniors and at-risk library hours from 10am - 11am. Limit of 15 patrons at a time. Circulation services only (no programs or meetings). Children's library closed. Wi-Fi available in parking lot. Social distancing in place.

June 3

Lawrence County

Curbside service available. Summer Library Program will be online.

May 26



May 12 (Tentative)

Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial

Limit of 30 persons. Computer time limted to 20 minutes. No programs. Masks recommended. Surfaces cleaned every 20 minutes. April 30
Lineville Computers spaced to allow social distancing. June 1


Open May 11 with reduced hours (10am - 6pm).

No more than five patrons in the building at once. Face coverings mandatory. Patrons must wash hands before entering the main library. Six foot mandatory social distancing enforced. Curbside service available.

May 11 (Tentative)

Marshall County Cooperative


May 15 (Tentative)

Mary Berry Brown Memorial

Limited basis. Open to four adults at a time.

No circulation of materials.  Accepting returned items. 45 minute computer access.  No children allowed.

May 4


Limited to one person in library at a time.

May 4

Montgomery City-County

Curbside services. Potential mid-May opening for limited numbers for 30 minutes at a time

Mid-May (Tentative)


Five persons allowed at a time. Returned materials quarantined for 72 hours. May 18


Call ahead for online reserve curbside service. Book drop open.

May 4

Oxford Phase one includes removal of porous surfaces, enhanced sanitation, six feet tape markings, mask use, four day fine grace period, new circulation procedures, staff will bring copies/faxes to patrons, community room groups must social distance, all outreach canceled. May 18


Curbside service. Children's librarians preparing 
"Grab 'N Go" packets.  

May 19


Curbside service. Modified opening schedule.

May 18

Rainbow City

Book return open. Returned materials quarantined for 72 hours. Curbside service available Monday - Friday from 9:15am — 4:30pm.

May 18


Curbside service.

May 15 (Tentative)


Regular hours. Limited service and no programs. Maintaining social distancing restrictions.

May 5



May 1

Sardis City


May 20 (Tentative)

Selma-Dallas County

Open 9am to noon. Curbside service offered from noon to 5pm. 

May 18

Steele One family allowed in building at a time. Hand sanitzer is available. Still undecided on programs. May 4


Limited services. Curbside service and email available.

May 18 (Tentative)

Tallassee Community

Building at half capacity. Summer reading program will begin in June.

May 6

Town and Country

Open regular hours (Monday - Friday, noon to 5pm)

May 19

Town Creek


June 1

Tupper Lightfoot Memorial (Brundidge)

Open regular hours with limited services. Limiting patrons. Library stacks closed to patrons. Limited computer access. Plexiglass shields installed.  Library will provide individual kits (curbside or pick-up) to those registered for the summer reading program. 

May 6

William Bradford Huie (Hartselle)

Call-ahead curbside service. Working on plan for restricting patron access in the building. Limiting computer access to permit social distancing.

 May 18 (Tentative)