A message from Leah Rudder, Library Director:
March 16, 2020
In cooperation with state and local efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19, the Laurel County Public Library will be closed until March 30, 2020. We’ll continue to monitor and re-evaluate over the upcoming days.
Please understand that this decision was not an easy one, as we know the Library is a huge part of our community. We are one in a very large number of libraries across the Commonwealth that are doing their part by temporarily closing their doors.
The Library has up to 10,000 patrons visiting each month, and that number drastically increases when school is closed. In addition to this, the Library has a circulation rate that can reach 30,000 items per month. Given these facts, the Board of Trustees, along with myself, feel that closing the Library temporarily will allow for us to do our part regarding separation and social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We’re actively working on additional methods that will allow the Library to continue providing the excellent services our patrons expect. Keep an eye on our website and our social media as we make these methods available in the upcoming days.
If you haven’t already tried our digital media collection, we couldn’t think of a better time to start. We’ve increased the download limits to 15 items per service which means you could check out up to 75 items in total! All you need is your library card or a digital library card to get started.
Another way we’re making the library available to patrons is offering a Drive-Thru Pickup Service. Patrons can either go online or call and place hold requests, then drive through to our window located beside the book drop and pick up items. In addition, we’ve also increased our hold limit from 3 items to 10.
We ask everyone to not feel compelled to return the items that you already have checked out. No fines will be accrued if you decide to wait and return items until the Library re-opens. However, if you want to return the items that you have checked out, bring them to the outside book drop and please don’t hand them directly to a staff member.
All items that are returned will be cleaned with hospital-grade sanitation cleaners and placed in quarantine for 96 hours. During this time, our staff is sanitizing all surfaces of the library to ensure that we’ll be ready to re-open with a safe environment.
Staff will be available by phone and our online chat service via our website to answer questions regarding how to register for a digital library card and how to utilize our online digital collection.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep washing your hands.
Director of the Laurel County Public Library