Advisories, Library

Hayward Public Library Reopening Plan

April 27, 2021

The downtown branch of Hayward Public Library (HPL) will reopen to the public for limited walk-in services on Monday, May 3.

Through the new HPL Express walk-in service, library users will be able to enter the downtown branch during two-hour, limited-capacity sessions and will be required to follow all safety protocols, including social distancing and mask requirements.

Available HPL Express services include self-service check-out of materials and hold pick-ups; new library cards and payment of charges; computer use for a maximum of one hour per day; browsing the collection; reference assistance; self-service copying, scanning and printing; and Wi-Fi access. HPL Express hours at the downtown HPL branch are:

  • Monday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A total of up to 125 patrons will be allowed in the building during each two-hour HPL Express session.

Learn More About HPL Express

Other ways to use the Hayward Public Library

HPL to Go

The Hayward Public Library provides curbside pickup of library materials through a new HPL to Go program. 

Through HPL to Go, library users may request items to pick up outside the Downtown Hayward library by going online at or calling (510) 881-7980 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Pickup will be available between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday outside of the Downtown Library north entrance between the library and Watkins and Mission streets garage. Pickup for the Weekes Library Branch will be available 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

Learn more About HPL To Go 

COVID-19 safety rules

Library visitors also must follow all current COVID-19 safety rules issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department for Retail Stores and Shopping Centers, as well as all posted signage and verbal instructions from staff.

  • Entering and exiting the building through the garage side entrance
  • Wearing appropriately fitting protective face covering/mask required for all visitors two years of age and older
  • Observing of social-distancing guidelines within the library or while waiting to enter
  • Sanitizing hands upon entering the building
  • Staying home if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
  • No eating or drinking within the library
Questions about the Hayward Library Reopening Plan, Contact: or (510) 881-7980