The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, is reopening to the public beginning today (May 23), as closure orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted for some public venues.
The Library will operate with new safety measures and at no more than 50% capacity, in compliance with North Carolina’s “Phase 2” reopening requirements.
“We are excited to be able to reopen the Billy Graham Library, and to have the ‘Journey of Faith,’ Graham Family Homeplace, and the outdoor Memorial Prayer Garden all available for guests to enjoy,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “I think they will be blessed by seeing what God did through my father’s life and how He is continuing to work today.
“God is still in the life-changing business; His Gospel was not shut down during this pandemic. During uncertain times, like this coronavirus, people need to hear more of God’s love and the hope available through His Son, Jesus Christ, not less.”
The 50% capacity measure means no more than 300 people will be touring the Library at a time. The facility will have hand-sanitizing stations in place, signage reminding visitors of 6-foot social distancing guidelines and a “one-way” aisle as well as touchless interactive elements for the Library’s “Journey of Faith” tour. A contactless payment option for its snack bar and bookstore is also available. A full list of precautionary measures can be found at: BillyGrahamLibrary.org.
Library staff members are being screened daily for symptoms, including regular temperature checks, and the facilities are being sanitized throughout the day.
“Billy Graham was so often a voice of hope in the midst of crisis,” said Scott Holmquist, executive director of the Billy Graham Library. “Those who visit the Library and take the ‘Journey of Faith’ tour will hear the timeless truth that Billy Graham shared throughout his ministry that is still true today.”
Since it opened in 2007, more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world have visited the Billy Graham Library, and many have responded to the eternal hope of the Gospel during their visit. Admission to the Library and “The Journey of Faith” tour is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Library closed on Sundays. Admission is free.