Pleasant Hill is launching a new temporary library on Tuesday in the City Hall Community Rooms, providing patrons a safe, contact-less way to pick up materials from Monday to Saturday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrons are now able to place holds on materials, and from July 14 will be able to schedule pick-up appointments after receiving confirmation that their holds have arrived at the temporary site at 100 Gregory Lane. According to the library, appointments are not required to pick up holds, but are highly encouraged.

In order to pick up their holds, patrons are asked to call or text the number displayed on the sign at the front of the library upon their arrival. Staff will confirm the patron’s library card number and will collect the items, placing them in a bag that can be collected at the front door.

The unanimous decision to move the temporary library from the Senior Center at Pleasant Hill Park to the Community Rooms at City Hall stemmed from the concerns for public health and the vulnerability of those at the Senior Center.

The temporary library will be open while the new Pleasant Hill Library on Oak Park Boulevard is under construction. According to the Contra Costa County Library, the new library is scheduled to open in late 2021, with a collection of 70,000 items and various indoor and outdoor spaces for reading, storytelling, accessing technology, collaborating, creativity, and playing.

For questions regarding library services, Contra Costa County Library encourages contacting library staff via their online chat service from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by texting 925-290-7627.