(BATESVILLE, AR) – The Independence County Library will reopen to the public on April 13 for browsing and checking out materials. The library will limit the number of people browsing to eight (8) persons at a time. Areas of the library that encourage socializing will remain closed until further notice. This includes the play areas of the children’s department and the reading lounge.

Public computers will continue to be available with the current restrictions in place, but appointments will not be necessary.

The Library will also continue to offer curbside service for patrons who wish to check out materials. Curbside service is available Monday through Thursday 9am to 6pm, Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

The Bad Boy Café featuring T’s Boxed Lunches will reopen on Monday, May 3, with extended hours and will offer coffee and snacks in the afternoons, Monday through Friday.

Library Director, Vanessa Adams, wishes to express her deepest appreciation to the library board for their support during the pandemic, as well as a heartfelt thank you to the citizens of Independence County for their patience and understanding. Adams stated, “Our entire library staff have missed our patrons and appreciate how kind they have been during this stressful time. Now that the staff who wished to be vaccinated are receiving their second dose of the vaccine next week, we feel that it is safer to reopen the library.”

For continued updates on the library’s status, visit the library’s website at: www.indcolib.com. You may also email inquiries to: info@indcolib.com or call: (870) 793-8814, ext. 1. Visit the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates and video story times.