Fears of spreading COVID-19 have shuttered the Bellaire Library until at least May 2 — but the clever librarians have taken a page from restaurants’ survival strategy and instituted a remote ordering and curbside pickup system to keep their patrons well fed at a time they most crave a diet of distractions.
Anyone with a valid Bellaire City Library or Harris County Library card — that would include users of the county’s West University Library — can go to the Bellaire site here or call 713-662-8160 to put library material on hold. Included are all genres of children’s, young adult and adult books, audio books and DVDs.
The patron will be notified when it’s available, and s/he can come to the library at 5111 Jessamine St., park in one of the designated spots, call to notify the staff, and check out. Returns are done simply through the book drop in front of the building.
Curbside pickup hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Telephone reference and circulation services will also be available during those times.
For more, call or visit the website at https://www.bellairetx.gov/657/Library.
An institution in the community for 69 years, this isn’t the first time Bellaire’s library has come to its patrons’ rescue during an emergency. After Hurricane Ike, when there were widespread outages throughout the area, staff filled high demand for computer use and even set up charger strips for cell phones and other electronic devices. They also provided countless services after Hurricane Harvey.