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Library Expands Public Access, Fully Opens for Services

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gaston County Public Library (GCPL) announced today that it will expand public access at the Main Library and its branches, beginning Monday, Feb. 22. All library locations, except the Ferguson Branch Library and TECH@Lowell, will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Ferguson Branch Library (located at Erwin Center) will be open Monday-Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and TECH@Lowell will not be open on Saturday. Because the safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority, a face covering is now required for all persons entering the library buildings, and everyone must practice social distancing protocols. For those who cannot or choose not to wear a face covering, we request that you take advantage of online and Curbside services.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in January, the GCPL limited its services and the public’s access, allowing only patrons with computer appointments to enter the building and continuing to offer Curbside Service.

Now, the libraries will be fully open for all of its services, such as selecting items for check out, making photocopies, sending or receiving faxes, and using Wi-Fi or computers. However, makerspace devices at BC@BC and TECH@Lowell will continue to be unavailable at this time.

Due to limited capacity requirements, the library staff is requesting that all patrons limit their time inside the libraries so that staff can serve as many people as possible.

Curbside Service will still be available at all library locations by appointment only. For appointments, hours of operation, or if you have any questions, call your local library location or visit the GCPL website at