Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, all Richmond Public Library locations will reopen to the public. Learn more about our Expanded Access and what to expect on your next visit to the library.

Expanded Access

Welcome Back to RPL

Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, the staff of Richmond Public Library will reopen libraries to the public. To ensure safe access for all and make social distancing easier, library locations will provide limited hours and reduced access. Properly worn masks (covering both the nose and mouth)are required for all visitors aged 5 and up. RPL will continue reopening in phases; we will also keep offering digital programs for those who cannot visit a local library.

Building access will be limited to 30 minutes in branches and 60 minutes at the Main Library.This includes computer access and browsing items for checkout. Study tables and opportunities for leisure reading will not be available yet during this phase. Meeting and study rooms, as well as the Innovation Lab and Memory Lab at the Main Library, will also remain closed at this time.

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The Library Needs Your Help to Stay Safe

The danger of COVID-19 has not passed. We ask that visitors please respect and observe the following safety protocols during their visit:


If you've been falling ill or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from visiting RPL locations.

Masks must be worn properly at all times for any visitors aged 5 and older. All RPL staff are required to wear masks as well.

Temperature checks and signing in will be required to enter the library.

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself, other visitors and staff. Furniture and public access computers have been rearranged to maximize social distancing.

Library staff are providing disinfectant wipes should you wish to wipe down your computer.

Once your business at RPL is concluded, please exit promptly. We are currently limiting the number of people in all library buildings, and want to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy their visit.

Available Library Services

RPL’s curbside service has proven to be immensely popular and will continue at all branch location during normal hours. However, curbside service will be discontinued at the Main Library as part of this phase of reopening.


Using the Computers

Computer access with limited session time will be available at each of our locations.

Printing Services

  • Curbside Printing is still available for each library location, except Main Library.
  • In person printing and faxing services are available for each location.

Got Another Question?

Please contact us by calling or using our Ask-A-Librarian messaging service for the latest information.

Curbside Printing Services

Curbside printing services are offered at each location except Main Library. Those wishing to print at the Main Library must use the computer lab to print.

Faxing Services

Faxing will continue to be free.

Notary Services

Limited notary services. Please visit our Locations page and choose your branch to learn more or call your local library for more information.


Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms and study rooms are not available.

Reservations cannot be made for these spaces.


We cannot accept donations of books at this time.

Circulation Services

Circulation services are available. Grab & Go style browsing and checkout available.

Libraries Still In Curbside

  • Belmont
  • Broad Rock
  • East End
  • Ginter Park
  • Hull Street
  • North Avenue
  • West End
  • Westover Hills

Holds Pickup

Holds can be picked up inside each library or through participating libraries offering curbside services.

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are available.

Reference Assistance

All reference assistance is available at each library location.


How Will Social Distancing Be Enforced?

  • Furniture and public computers have been removed or rearranged in some branches to help maintain 6 feet between people. Plexiglass shields have been installed at select service points,and floor markers help maintain proper distancing. We ask patrons to please respect these measures for the safety of our staff and other patrons

Why Aren't You Open Longer?

  • We have a multi-stage plan and are working to restore service as efficiently, effectively,and safely as we can. At this time we are open with limited capacity and reduced hours of operation in order to encourage social distancing and to mitigate against infection. Most Library buildings and curbside pickup are available Monday through Saturday, from 10AM to 5PM. All locations are closed Sundays.Please check your specific branch for further details.

When Do You Expect to Resume Full Service

  • RPL staff are eager to resume services as soon as possible. We’ll be guided by the direction of state and local officials as well as the Richmond Public Library Board of Trustees.

I Returned a Book But It Still Says It's Checked Out. What Happened?

  • We are quarantining items for 24 hours after they are returned. You can expect a delay before your account is updated. You will not incur any charges for the delay; as of February 2020, Richmond Public Library no longer charges overdue fines.

Do You Clean All Returned Materials?

  • Guidance from the Virginia Department of Health has advised quarantining materials for 24 hours. After this amount of time the virus is inactive and cleaning would be unnecessary and potentially harmful to some items.

I Have Books to Donate. Where and When Can I Drop Them Off?

  • Please hold on to any donations right now. We have limited staff and volunteers to process them. Watch our website, emails, and social media for updates as to when we can accept donations again.

What Is Happening with Library Programs?

  • Programs are currently being offered online. Check our online calendar for all upcoming events.

Can I Bring My Children to the Library?

  • For now, we are asking that any children coming to the library be supervised by a responsible adult at all times for their safety and the safety of others. Masks are not required for children under the age of 5; we leave that decision to caregivers and parents. While we currently do not have any in-person programming at the library, many of our virtual children’s programs can be found on our website or our YouTube channel.