The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library will be opening to the public beginning on 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 To ensure health and safety, we have made temporary policies such as limiting library capacity and new hours of operation.See below for the full list of new policies. Please call us at 361-362-4901 if you have any questions.

Temporary Library Policies

  1. Library is open 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday.
  2. Only 18 patrons allowed in the library at a time. 9 downstairs and 9 upstairs.
  3. Patrons must maintain social distance spacing of 6 feet.
  4. Masks that cover nose and mouth are required.
  5. In addition to our circulation services, there will be curbside service available through the phone and using holds on the library catalog on our website for all materials (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.).
  6. Bestsellers placed on hold must be picked up within an hour for curbside pickup.
  7. Only 5 computers will be available.
  8. Computer use is limited to one hour.
  9. Computer use must be reserved and are for business and study uses only.
  10. Computers will shut down at 5:30pm for cleaning.
  11. Copy, scan, and fax services are available until 5:30pm.
  12. All books taken off the shelf must be brought to the desk for quarantine. All books must be quarantined for 6 days before returning to the shelf.
  13. Bathrooms are closed to the public.
  14. Library programs are available online through Facebook, Discord, and Instagram. Check out our website or Facebook page for details.
  15. Notary services are suspended.
  16. Library play, study, and sitting areas are unavailable.
  17. No loitering.


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Hours of Operation:


9 am - 6 pm
9 am - 6 pm
9 am - 6 pm
9 am - 6 pm
9 am - 6 pm