Full browsing access is now at all three Surprise libraries beginning Monday, April 26.
The city’s library operator, Maricopa County Library District, is moving into its next phase of reopening at all county-run libraries, including Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive; Hollyhock Library, 15844 N. Hollyhock St.; and Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave.
In this next phase, customers can stop by the library during pop-in pickup hours to browse every shelf and all sections to find their next checkout, rather than a limited collection.
These are the current pop-in pickup hours:
The Asante Library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Information is at mcldaz.org/locations/asante.
The Hollyhock Library is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information is at mcldaz.org/locations/hollyhock.
The Northwest Regional Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdeays and 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Fridays and Saturdays. Information is at mcldaz.org/locations/northwest.
All three branches are currently closed on Sundays.
COVID-19 mitigation measures are still in place to ensure the library remains a safe space for the community.
In order to keep indoor gatherings safe and promote social distancing, in-person events, computers, sitting areas, and study rooms will not yet be available. Curbside pickup and a variety of virtual services will also remain available to community members still looking for contactless library services.
While in-library computers remain unavailable, customers can check out a Chromebook or Wi-Fi Hotspot to use at home. Library cardholders can put in a request for the devices online at mcldaz.org, by calling 602-652-3000 or by visiting their nearest MCLD library.
There are more than 250 of each device circulating throughout the county library system, and each device can be checked out for up to three weeks with the option to renew. More details can be found at mcldaz.org/about/connect.
Mobile printing options are also now available again. Customers can upload their files to an online printing portal and then stop into the library to print their queued documents using a kiosk. Printing costs 25 cents per black and white page and 75 cents per color page. Details can be found at mcldaz.org/about/printing.
MCLD works with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to determine whether its COVID-19 mitigation strategies are currently in line with CDC recommendations and make sense for the Maricopa County community.
Learn more at mcldaz.org.