Jacksonville’s downtown library to reopen after relocation of antibody treatment site

Downtown library’s reopening still unclear despite dip in antibody treatments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Public Library’s main location downtown will reopen to the public next month, the city announced Tuesday.

The library has been closed since it became a site for monoclonal antibody treatments on Aug. 17.

“We are fortunate to have a dramatic reduction in COVID-19 cases in the @CityofJax, allowing us to move the monoclonal antibody treatment to an alternate location,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

The antibody treatment center will move to the Joseph Lee Center at 5120 Perry St. on Dec.10. The hours of operation will remain the same: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To date, 11,352 patients have been able to receive the free Regeneron antibody treatment at the library site, according to the city.

“The Monoclonal antibody site provides a COVID-19 treatment that has and will continue to save Jacksonville lives,” Curry said in a statement. “I want to thank Governor (Ron) DeSantis for his support in providing this life-saving treatment to our citizens as we continue to fight against COVID-19.”

The library location will remain operational through the close of business on Dec. 9. Beginning Dec. 10, crews will begin thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the facility at all touchpoints and fogging the space with an aerosol process called Evaclean.

The main library downtown will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Dec. 13.