While the libraries in Ferndale, Berkley and Huntington Woods still are not open to the public, each is offering curbside pickup for its customers.

While the libraries in Ferndale, Berkley and Huntington Woods still are not open to the public, each is offering curbside pickup for its customers.

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All local libraries offering curbside pickup for residents

By: Mike Koury | C&G Newspapers | Published July 6, 2020


OAKLAND COUNTY — Libraries have slowly begun to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it might be a while longer before they are open to the public.

As of press time, all three libraries in Ferndale, Berkley and Huntington Woods, respectively, are open only to staff. For patrons looking to use their local libraries, all three have started offering curbside pickup.

The Ferndale Area District Library started offering curbside pickup June 15. Its hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

“We’ve created times for mornings, afternoons and evenings on different days to try to hit everybody that we can with our schedules,” Director Jenny Marr said.

Outside of its pickups, Marr stated that the library is in phase three of its six-phase reopening plan. The next phase limits in-person services inside the library, but she doesn’t know when they might hit that benchmark.

“We don’t have any idea when we’ll be progressing to the next stages,” Marr said. “We’ll be watching the state, the county, the Health Department, seeing where we are and making the decisions based on what will be in the best interest of the safety of everyone who visits the library, as well as our staff.”

The Berkley Public Library’s curbside pickup started June 22, and its schedule is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It currently is in phase one of its three-phase reopening plan, where the building will remain closed to the public.

Director Matt Church said the library also will deliver any materials that a patron wants to check out. People can do so by calling the library and scheduling a drop-off for a specific time.

“If people in Berkley would like something dropped off on their porch, we’d be happy to do that,” he said. “So far, most people have opted for the curbside pickup. So we just check the items out to them, put them in a bag on a table by the front door, and then they stop by during our curbside hours, grab it and go.”

Church said further opening up the library is something they will keep playing by ear by watching city, county and statewide trends, and taking it week by week.

The Huntington Woods Library, which also operates as the library for Pleasant Ridge, began its curbside service June 15. The hours for pickup are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.    

Director Anne Hage said patrons can either call the library or go online and place their materials on hold.

“They’ll get a notice that says it’s ready. Then they will call us and we’ll check it out to them, put it on a cart that’s outside,” she said. “It’s contactless. We don’t have any interaction with the patron.”

Much like the other libraries, Hage doesn’t know when the library will reopen to the public.

“We’re kind of still evaluating the situation,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of comments from people saying, ‘I hope you continue curbside service even when you open’ because they don’t want to come into the library. And when we do open, we are limited to 25% capacity. So that means it would be three staff and nine patrons. So we have to monitor how many people come in and out of the building.”

The Ferndale Area District Library’s website is www.ferndalepubliclibrary.org and its phone number is (248) 546-2504. The Berkley Public Library’s website is www.berkleymich.org/departments/library and its phone number is (248) 658-3440. The Huntington Woods Library’s website is www.huntingtonwoodslib.org and its phone number is (248) 543-9720.