Oh happy days for book lovers who consider their local branch library a home away from home.

Hernando County officials are now allowing libraries to operate at 50% capacity. While maximum capacities are being raised to allow more patrons inside, the limited operating hours will remain in place for safety reasons, according to Kasey Kupcik, Hernando County public information coordinator.

“Limited hours to the public will allow for enhanced cleaning and continued monitoring of social distancing accommodations,” Kupcik announced in a media release detailing the changes. “All library locations will be closed for two hours, mid-day (12-2 p.m.) to accommodate for cleaning, shelving and other related tasks.

“Computers will be set up for social distancing and computer time will continue to be limited to 30 minutes per person, per day.”

Limited hours of operation for each library location, along with number of patrons allowed per facility at one time are:

• Brooksville/Main Library — 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Number of patrons allowed at this facility at one time: 44

• West Hernando Library — 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Number of patrons allowed at this facility at one time: 64

• Spring Hill Library — 9220 Spring Hill Drive

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Number of patrons allowed at this facility at one time: 50

• East Hernando Library — 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Number of patrons allowed at this facility at one time: 40

The library changes are not unilateral on the part of Hernando County, and are in accordance with the governor's executive order.