With pandemic restrictions lessening and vaccination opportunities widening, Oak Park’s Maze library branch will reopen next month. Located at 845 Gunderson Ave., the Maze library closed March 13 of last year due to COVID-19.
Over a year later, the branch will resume operations April 19 with limited services and hours, according to an emailed announcement from the Oak Park Public Library sent March 26.
The Maze will open April 6 as a polling site for the municipal election with no library services.
Come April 19, Maze’s new hours of operations will be 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, Maze will be opened 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library branch will remain closed on Sundays.
The library requires the wearing of masks and encourages patrons to maintain a six-feet distance apart from others, as well as limiting visits to under an hour. The building has a safety occupancy limit of 40 people. Staff will be available only by phone.
Seating will not be available; neither will access to meeting rooms and study spaces. In addition, there will be no programs, physical newspapers or laptop checkout for onsite use. However, patrons can check out laptops for use at home at the Main Library on Lake Street.
Resuming services at the Maze include picking up holds, browsing and self-checkout and returning materials with exterior book drops now open. Public computers are available for library cardholders only, who can reserve a spot ahead of visiting by calling the branch. Printing, scanning and copying services are also resuming.
The announcement stated the Dole branch will remain closed until further notice, due to its smaller square footage and lowered occupancy numbers implemented to prevent spread of the virus.
To determine when the Dole branch can resume in-person services, the library is monitoring infection rates as well as the vaccination completion status of its staff members.