CHENNAI: Five months after the enforcement of lockdown measures, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday permitted all the libraries, except part time libraries, to function from September 1. All libraries except branch and village libraries will function from 8am to 2pm on all working days.
In an order, chief secretary K Shanmugam said the government had examined the proposal of the director of public libraries in detail and permitted the libraries to function following the standard operating procedures.
“The three sections — lending section, reference section and own book reading section — shall alone be permitted to function in Connemara Public Library, Anna Centenary Library, district central libraries and full-time branch libraries,” the order said. Lending section shall alone be permitted to function in branch and village libraries.
The Directorate of Public Libraries run 4,638 libraries in the state, including 1,926 branch libraries and 1,915 village libraries.
Libraries which are in the containment zones across the state shall not be reopened during the lockdown period and readers from containment zones should not be allowed to use the library. Own book reading section users will not be allowed to share their books, laptops and other things with other readers.
Persons above 65 years, with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 15 years will not be allowed to use the library.

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