The City of Winnipeg's libraries reopening next month could mean your overdue books need to be returned.

As of August 4, the city's libraries will be reopening to the public.

"All remaining Winnipeg Public Library branches currently closed due to COVID-19 will begin offering holds pick-up service and telephone service beginning Tuesday, August 4," the City says in a statement.

Libraries, with the exception of Cornish Libray while it is under construction, will be operating holds pick-up service and telephone service.

Along with the resumption of library services under its new operating standards, the City says it is reinstating a 60-day check out period for its patrons.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours.

"This practice is based on current research on the lifespan of COVID-19 on specific library materials."

While late fees have been waived for those who have taken out materials from libraries since March 16, the city says those who took books and other library materials after March 16 will not be charged new overdue fees.

Those who currently have materials to be returned will now have a new return date. The city is staggering these dates to avoid overwhelming volumes of library materials being returned.

Returns will be able to be done on the material's corresponding date during operating hours.