Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As confirmed cases in the US are increasing, it forces all organizations, businesses, and communities to change their normal operations.


June 5, 2020

The time has finally come! We’re reopening on June 15th and we couldn’t be more excited to let our patrons back through the library door. Trust us…we’ve missed everyone so much. We still have state guidelines that must be followed in order to allow our patrons back into the building, so please take a second and read over our new guidelines.

These will be temporary and they’re subject to change, but please familiarize yourself so we can reopen in the safest way possible.

  • We’ll have limited hours for a while to give us plenty of time to fully clean and sanitize everything daily. These hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Special hours of 9-10am will be designated to our patrons who are more at-risk of COVID-19 such as our senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems. We ask that all other patrons plan their visits to begin after 10am.

  • A limited number of patrons are allowed in the building at the same time. This means that visits inside the building will be limited to 30 minutes for selecting books and one hour for computer usage. We know that everyone will be excited to come back to the library, but please be mindful of your time inside the building so that we can accommodate everyone.
  • All staff members will be wearing masks, so anyone entering the building will be strongly advised to do so as well. Be a good a library friend. This not only protects all the patrons, including yourself, but our staff as well.
  • Social distancing WILL BE REQUIRED. There will be signage throughout the library to remind everyone of this.
  • If you need to access Wi-Fi, you can access it from outside the building or by visiting our new “outdoor patio area” located on the auditorium side of the building. Study rooms will be temporarily closed.
  • The Kentucky Room will be open by appointment only, and only for one hour at a time. Reservations can be made by calling the library and asking for the Reference Desk.
  • There will be an information desk located in the entrance of the library to help remind everyone of time limits and other protocols, as well as answering any questions you have.
  • Most of our seating areas will be temporarily removed along with the toys from the children’s department to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help us remain compliant to these new guidelines.
  • We’re continuing our efforts to sanitize all items that are returned. Items that are returned are cleaned with a hospital grade solution and quarantined for 96 hours before they’re put back on the library shelves.

We completely understand if you’re still not comfortable coming inside the building, that’s why our drive-thru service will continue. You can reserve up to ten items by simply calling the library or by logging into our website. We’ve also added virtual bookshelves for those that like to browse our special collections.

We’re continuing to add interesting books, audiobooks, and movies and we’ve recently added many new services to our digital collection. If you’ve not checked out what’s new, you’re missing out. The digital collection can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If the epidemic has taught anything, it’s to be flexible and understanding. Please know that these changes will be temporary and if we remain compliant and everyone does their part, they’ll pass sooner than later. All guidelines are subject to change based on further instructions that we may receive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Leah Rudder
Director of the Laurel County Public Library

For more information on Covid-19, here are some helpful and reliable online resources: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services: COVID-19

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