Roanoke County Libraries plan to reopen

The Roanoke County Public Library (RCPL) plans to reopen four of its buildings this fall. The South County Library, the largest and most used location in the system, will reopen first, with a date set for Monday, September 28. Hollins, Glenvar and Vinton Libraries are expected to reopen in the coming weeks, as buildings are prepared. and rehired staff.

Southern County will be open by reservation to county residents, Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with visitors not to exceed 25% normal occupancy. Customers can make reservations for one hour time slots from

September 23 via the library’s website,, or by calling 540-772-7507. The library will close for cleaning from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day.

Upon arrival, customers will receive information about the new protocols. Masks are mandatory for anyone over the age of three and will be available for free at the library, along with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

The library will be a little different and the services will be limited.

  • While in the library, patrons can browse the collection, use computer stations, and request staff assistance via a barrier or from a distance of 6 feet to meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Carts will be placed around the library for all items that have been handled but not selected to be taken home.
  • Meeting rooms and other enclosed spaces will remain closed.
  • On-site programming will be restricted to the outdoors with social distancing requirements. For a list of upcoming events, please visit the library website.
  • All virtual programming and curbside pickup and drop-off will continue. ? Adjustments are also underway to reopen drive-thru windows.

There are six libraries in Roanoke County: South County, Bent Mountain, Glenvar, Hollins, Mount Pleasant, and Vinton. For more information, call (540) 772-7507 or visit

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