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The Riverside County Library System is pleased to announce that we are reopening most of our libraries for limited library service beginning February 8, 2021. For the safety of you and library staff, please adhere to our new COVID-19 Code of Conduct (English Version Spanish Version), in addition to our standard Library Code of Conduct (Click Here). Other information regarding our limited reopening can be found below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the hours my local library will be open?
Most libraries will go back to their normal hours of operation but it will vary per location. Libraries providing only Express Service will have limited hours. Please contact your local library for current Express Service hours.

Are all locations reopening for Limited Service?

Not at this time. The following libraries will NOT be reopening:

  • Canyon Lake (Closed)
  • El Cerrito (remains closed)
  • Glen Avon (Express Service available)
  • Grace Mellman (remains closed)
  • Lakeside (remains closed)
  • Romoland (Express Service available)

Can I still use Express Service?
We will continue offering Express Service for a limited time at most locations. Contact your local library to verify service and schedule pick up times.

What about the bookmobiles?
The Bookmobiles will resume service beginning Monday, November 9. Please see the West County Bookmobile and Coachella Valley Bookmobile for more information.

Visit Coachella Valley Bookmobile page here.

Visit West County Bookmobile page here.

Will I have to wait in line to get in?
While we do not anticipate needing to do so, we will have limited capacity for all libraries in order to allow for proper physical distancing for the safety of you and library staff, so it is possible staff will require you to wait until there is adequate space inside.

Can I make a reservation to come at a specific time?
Because we do not anticipate reaching current building capacity limits, we are not accepting reservations at this time.

Am I limited to how long I can be in the library?
Yes. Every patron is allowed to stay in the library for a maximum of 1 hour per day, to allow for limited computer use and/or sufficient time to locate materials and check them out.

Are computers available?
Limited computers will be available in most locations, with a 1 hour/1 session maximum use allowance per day.

Can I bring my own computer or laptop?
All locations will have limited or no seating available in order to keep library usage to a minimum. While you can bring in your own device, there will be no place to sit or plug in, and you will still be limited to the one-hour maximum time limit.

Are masks/face coverings still required?
Yes, masks or face coverings are still required for both library staff and patrons. If you forgot to bring your mask, staff can provide you with one. Please note that face shields cannot be used as a substitute for a cloth face mask or covering, as outlined in the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance.

 Are you accepting donations?
We are not accepting donations at this time and until further notice.

Can I use a study room or meeting room?
Study rooms and meeting/community rooms will be unavailable until further notice.

Will you be resuming storytime and other programming?
We will not be holding in-library storytimes or other programming until further notice. We are offering a wide variety of virtual programming, such as live literacy programs, storytimes, online book clubs and much more, as well as occasional outdoor events, so please check our website for updated information.

Branch Contact Numbers

(951) 763-4216 

(951) 849-8234

(909) 795-9807

Canyon Lake 
(951) 244-9181

Cathedral City 
(760) 328-4262

(760) 398-5148

Desert Hot Springs 
(760) 329-5926 

(951) 273-1520 

El Cerrito 
(951) 270-5012 

Glen Avon 
(951) 685-8121 

(951) 682-1507 

Home Gardens 
(951) 279-2148 

Idyllwild (951) 659-2300 

Indio (760) 347-2383 

La Quinta (760) 564-4767 

Lake Elsinore (951) 674-4517

Lake Tamarisk 
(760) 227-3273 

(951) 678-7083

Mead Valley
(951) 943-4727

(760) 396-2363 

(951) 735-5329 

(951) 928-0769 

Palm Desert 
(760) 346-6552 

Paloma Valley 
(951) 301-3682 

(951) 657-2358 

(951) 682-5485 

(951) 325-2090 

San Jacinto 
(951) 654-8635 

Sun City 
(951) 679-3534 

Temecula Grace Mellman 
(951) 296-3893 

Temecula Public Library 
(951) 693-8900 

Thousand Palms 
(760) 343-1556 

Valle Vista 
(951) 927-2611 

(951) 471-3855 

(951) 789-7324