Staying safe at the Library

Up-to-date details on using the library

The Round Rock Public Library welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There is limited seating, floor decals on the ground to designate where people should stand while in line, and Plexiglass shields at service desks and check-out. Please be courteous and mindful of others and practice proper social distancing by allowing at least 6 feet of space between each person. We are encouraging patrons to spend 30 minutes or less at the library.

Among other service changes are:

  • Face coverings for individuals age 10 and older are required by city ordinance in public places in Round Rock when adequate social distancing is not possible.
  • A limited number of public computers is available. Computer use is limited to 30 minutes, once a day. Printing is $.20 a page for black and white; $.50 a page for color.
  • Mobile printing is available.
  • Study rooms, Meeting rooms, Literacy room and Computer classroom are closed.
  • The Family Place play area closed.
  • Book donations are not accepted.
  • Interlibrary loan service is available. (Expect longer than usual processing and transit times, and potentially shorter than usual loan times.) 
  • Courtesy phone is unavailable.

Virtual programming will continue with no in-person programming.

The Library’s curbside pickup service, located in the Sheppard Street parking lot, is available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Here’s how it works:

  1. Library will notify patrons by text or email that their holds (up to 5 items) are available to pick up.
  2. Patrons will have 7 days from receiving the notification to use curbside to pick-up items.
  3. Use the link found in your email or text notification to schedule your day to pick-up. This form can be filled out anytime up to 9 a.m. the morning of pick up.
  4. Enter the Sheppard Street parking lot and pull up to a staff member. Remain in the vehicle, put on your mask, and roll down the passenger-side window to tell staff members your full name.
  5. Items will already be checked out. Staff will retrieve items and take them to your vehicle.
  6. Returns must be made at the outside book drop at the opposite side of the building. No exceptions.

Printing Options

A limited number of public computers is available. Plus, wireless printing is available. To claim submitted print jobs, please come to the second-floor print station to print out.

Printing Guidelines

    • Printing is $.20 a page for black and white; $.50 a page for color. 
    • For wireless printing jobs, we are not able to print password-protected documents or documents requiring logins into accounts.

Any questions, please contact us at 512-218-7000.

Library FAQs

How is City of Round Rock’s face covering ordinance able to remain in effect?

The action taken by Round Rock City Council was by emergency ordinance under Section 3.14 of the Round Rock City Charter. This action does not require approval by the State, and as such is outside the scope of the Governor’s orders related to COVID-19.

How long will Round Rock’s ordinance stay in effect?

The expiration of the current ordinance is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021. Emergency ordinances are effective for 60 days after the date they go into effect or are extended and require 5 out of 7 Council members’ votes to pass.

In what cases must I wear a face covering?

Individuals over the age of 10 must wear face coverings when not able to maintain 6 feet social distancing both inside public or commercial buildings and outdoors, except in the following cases:

  • When you can maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • When exercising or engaging in physical activity.
  • When in a building or participating in an activity that requires security surveillance or screening, such as banks.
  • While consuming food or drink.
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk.
  • When outside with a group of only members of a single household.
  • When other mitigation strategy, such as plexiglass, provides adequate separation.

Why should I wear a face covering?

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. Wearing a face covering protects our fellow community members and helps keep our local businesses open.

What are the consequences for violating the ordinance?

The first instance of violation of the ordinance will result in a verbal or written warning. After receiving a warning, subsequent violations of the ordinance are subject to a fine of $200 for each violation.

You can read the Ordinance in full online.

Ordinance

Can you get COVID-19 from books, DVDs or other library materials?

RRPL has taken the next step forward to return to our pre-COVID service model. Effective, February 22, the Library discontinued the quarantine process for returned library materials. Materials returned to the library will be checked-in and returned to the collection without quarantine.

Library customers who are exhibiting COVID symptoms are encouraged to keep items at home. No overdue fines are accruing at this time.

In a recent update, the CDC noted that the virus spreads easily between people, but it does not spread easily from touching surfaces. The CDC advises that the best way to protect yourself—and others—is to maintain a distance of six feet, wash your hands often, and wear a mask in public. Learn more here. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can leave your borrowed library material untouched for at least 72 hours.

Are you accepting donations?

Sorry no, we cannot process donations at this time. 

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