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SoVaNow.com / October 15, 2020


Both local branches of the Halifax County-South Boston Public Library will remain closed for the foreseeable future after the library board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the months-long shutdown.

Heading into the October monthly meeting, library directors were asked to vote on a plan to reopen the South Boston and Halifax branches on a limited basis. The meeting agenda called for a discussion on allowing patrons to browse and check out materials via appointment-only visits. But library director Jay Stephens, who suggested the move, told the board that he no longer favored the partial reopening in light of recent developments in Halifax County related to the pandemic.

“Due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area this week, I don’t think we are ready to allow patrons to browse the stacks of books,” said Stephens.

The board took Stevens’ advice and voted unanimously to stay mostly closed.

The library system is continuing to serve people who need to fax documents, make copies, or set appointments for computer use or tutoring. The board will address the possibility of allowing visits by patrons to check out books next month.

The library board also voted to recognize Election Day as a national holiday and stay closed on Nov. 3.



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