Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Reopen

After almost 15 months of being closed to the public, the Goleta, Solvang and Buellton library branches have reopened to the public in limited capacity for Express Service. Library staff is happy to be able to serve patrons again in-person following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Express Service Library Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The hours are the same as Sidewalk Service, which remains open. Please note, the entire library is open at all three branches except for the restrooms. Each branch operates a little differently – you can find information below on your branch:

  • Goleta Library: Patrons are allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis and have 15 minutes to spend inside picking out material and checking it out on a self-checkout machine, using an Express computer, and/or browsing the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Up to 25 people are allowed in at a time.
  • Solvang Library: This branch can accommodate up to six people at a time. There are a limited number of public computers available. Solvang Library accepts reservations 24 hours in advance on the Library website (https://tinyurl.com/SolvangExpressService) and via telephone at (805) 688-4214.
  • Buellton Library: The Buellton branch can accommodate up to five patrons at a time. This branch also follows a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons can also call the Buellton Library at (805) 688-3115 if other accommodations are needed.

Patrons who choose to come inside the library must wear a mask (ages 2 and over) and maintain at least six feet of distance from others. There are gloves and hand sanitizer available at the entrance.

Sidewalk Service remains open Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for those who want to quickly grab their holds without entering the building. All programming continues to be held online only. Click here for the library Events Calendar.

For now, the material available to check out, whether in-person or through Sidewalk Service, will continue to only be from the Goleta, Solvang or Buellton branches. Black Gold Service will resume sometime in July. We will keep you posted.

We have missed you and can’t wait to see you back in the library!

Pictured: Marcos Martinez of the Goleta Valley Library ready to welcome patrons back in the building.