LCPL open with limited services; Ashburn, Rust libraries have reopened

Loudoun County Public Library branches are open with limited capacity and services during the following hours: 
  • Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • ​Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A mask is required to enter the library and must be kept on at all times. If you do not have a mask or a face covering, one will be provided for you.
Contact-free Curbside Pickup remains available during operating hours.

ashburn and rusT reopening

Loudoun County Public Library is pleased to announce that the Ashburn and Rust libraries reopened to the public Friday, Sept. 11. The branches, which had previously been limited to Curbside Pickup Service since Aug. 31, have resumed operations in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Phase 3 guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ashburn and Rust libraries have been designated as sites for the county’s K-6 Distance Learning Child Care Program; however, the branches are not needed at this time. The Board of Supervisors will reconsider the use of the libraries at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15.

"We are delighted to reopen Ashburn and Rust libraries,” said Loudoun County Public Library Director Chang Liu. “Staff has finished the work needed to reconfigure the branches so our customers can enjoy the libraries while adhering to social distancing standards."

What's availablE

  • Browsing the collection (with one-way traffic flow)
  • Checking out materials
  • Teen Centers open for browsing
  • Using computers by appointment (stations are sanitized between customers). Call your branch to schedule a session.
  • Printing and copying
  • Picking up holds either in branch or through Curbside Pickup
  • Returns during branch hours
  • Interlibrary loan
  • WiFi access

Limitations and restrictions

  • Branches will operate at a reduced capacity to help ensure social distancing.
  • Face coverings are required for customers 10 and older. Disposable masks will be provided for customers who do not have one.
  • Storytimes and events remain online only. (See our calendar.)
  • Meeting rooms and study rooms remain closed.
  • Makerspaces are closed. Requests for 3D printing and other services are not available.
  • Public notary services are not available.
  • The Passport Office at Rust Library remains closed at this time.
  • The recording studios at Brambleton Library and Sterling Library remain closed at this time.

FAQ

How will social distancing be enforced?

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

What sanitization is being done to protect customers?

In addition to quarantining all materials for longer than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, LCPL cleaning crews have employed enhanced cleaning measures. Additionally, bins are available around the libraries where customers should place items that they have handled but decided not to check out. Those items will be quarantined before being placed back on shelves.

Why aren't you open normal hours?

We have a multi-stage plan and are working to restore service as efficiently, effectively and safely as is practical. At this time we are open with limited capacity and reduced hours of operation. Library buildings and curbside pickup are available Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All locations are closed Sundays.

When do you expect to resume full services?

We don’t know. LCPL staff are eager to resume as much of our services as possible, but we’ll be guided by the direction of state and local officials as well as Loudoun County Public Library’s Board of Trustees.

I returned a book but it still says it’s checked out. Is it lost? What happened?

We are quarantining items for 72 hours after they’re returned. You can expect at least a four-day delay before your account is updated. Please know that you will not receive overdue fines for any materials you have out or have returned.

Why can't I return books after hours? 

LCPL is only accepting returns during operating hours because it allows staff to guarantee that every returned item has been quarantined for more than 72 hours to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most items will not be handled by staff for four days after being returned.  

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 to receive and process them. Watch our website, emails and social media for updates.

What is happening with library programs?  

Programs are currently only being offered online. Check the online calendar for all the upcoming events. 

I'm trying to access my account online but I don't remember my PIN. What is it?

Your PIN is your birthdate in a MMDDYY format. For example, July 4, 1976 would be 070476.