Lexington Public Library Announces Additional Branch Opening

Dan Koett


Lexington Public Library Announces Additional Branch Openings


Lexington, Kentucky (August 13, 2020) – The Lexington Public Library today announced that it will reopen its Beaumont, Eastside, and Tates Creek branches at a reduced capacity on Tuesday, September 8. These branches will join Northside which reopened in July. Temporary operating hours for these branches will be Monday-Saturday from 11am-6pm, and the Library will continue to monitor and follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials. 


Curbside service will remain available at all Lexington Public Library locations for those who prefer not to come inside the buildings.  Curbside customers should continue to place their items on “hold” using the Library website at www.lexpublib.org or by calling 859-231-5500, and they will receive a notification when the items are ready.


Over 30,000 items were borrowed in July, plus a record high of over 70,000 digital items including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines through the Library’s Libby and Flipster apps.


The additional location openings will further expand access to all areas of Lexington and enable customers to browse library materials, access public computers, fax/scan, printers, and other services.  Library programs will continue to be conducted online only through the Library’s social media pages and website. 


“Our efforts at the Northside Branch created a roadmap for safe library services across the city,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “Our staggered reopening plan is a fluid one and is designed with the safety and wellbeing of all library stakeholders as our number one priority.”  


Detailed information will be updated regularly on the Lexington Public Library’s website at www.lexpublib.org as well as on their social media pages @lexpublib.

About the Lexington Public Library

The Lexington Public Library serves a merged city-county jurisdiction of 300,000+ people through a central library, 5 neighborhood branches, an active Outreach department, and rapidly expanding virtual services.  In addition to traditional library services, we support a digital studio with a full array of video and audio editing equipment for customer use; an art gallery; state of the art theater for live performances, movies, and presentations; a job lab where customers can get personalized help with resumes and job applications; a bilingual homework help program; a library YouTube channel; and a "Book a Librarian" program for customers who need in-depth research assistance, reader’s advisory, or help with their digital devices.  Whatever your age or interest, you can expand your horizons and exercise your brain by visiting the "people's university" – your local public library.  Here you will find resources, programs, and experts to help you explore any topic you desire.  Lexington Public Library is ready to welcome you!


Dan Koett


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