St. Joseph library

Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library has reopened to the public, with restrictions in place. 

Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library and Benton Harbor Public Library entered phase four of their post-pandemic plans Monday, reopening their doors to the public.

The St. Joseph library at 500 Market St., St. Joseph, will be open from noon-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It will not be open on Saturdays.

Curbside service is still available for patrons who prefer to place holds and pick up their books. Patrons should approach the alley from Pearl Street and go to the staff entrance door off the alley.

The door is staffed from noon-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Those who plan to visit the library should know:

  • Those older than 2 will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Patrons are asked to limit visits to no more than one hour.
  • No more than 100 people, including staff, will be allowed inside at one time.
  • Food and beverages will be prohibited, unless medically necessary.
  • Patrons must practice social distancing, remaining at least 6 feet away from others, and follow guidelines within the book stacks.

Computers, printing, copier and fax services will be available, with computer use limited to an hour per day.

Returning items should be placed in the outdoor book return. The items will be quarantined for 72 hours.

The library asks that patrons not bring any book donations right now. Since there wasn’t a spring book sale, it doesn’t have space for more donations.

The library will be closed this Friday.

For more information, call 983-7167 or visit

Benton Harbor library

Only 10 patrons will be allowed at a time in the Benton Harbor library, 213 E. Wall St., Benton Harbor. Those older than 2 are required to wear masks.

The Children’s Department will not be open. Junior books are available through the curbside form on the library’s website. Curbside services are also available for people who don’t feel comfortable coming into the library.

Computer appointments are encouraged due to the limited number of computers that are available. Due to social distancing guidelines, staff will be unavailable to help with the computers.

For more information, visit