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.


July 16, 2020

We take our responsibility very seriously to keep our patrons and staff safe and healthy while providing the best possible service. Over the past few months we’ve continued to closely monitor health trends and have worked to try and stay ahead of complications that the COVID-19 epidemic creates for our daily operations.

That being said we’ll need to make some adjustments.

This week we’ve been adding additional staff to our evening cleaning regimen. This crew has been working diligently to deep clean the entire public area at the end of each day, once the library has closed.

We have worked hard over the past several months to keep surfaces wiped down throughout the day but feel like it’s in everyone’s best interest if we thoroughly clean the library to a degree that is difficult to do when patrons are inside the building. This will help ensure that when we welcome our high-risk patrons in the building the following morning, the library is the safest that it can be.

In order to accommodate this shift in personnel, the library will only be offering drive-thru services on Saturdays. You can still call and reserve up to ten items to be picked up through the drive-thru, but browsing the stacks will not be allowed on Saturdays at this time. However, patrons can still use the computers but they will need to call ahead as it will be by appointment only and time will be limited.

Staff will be available by phone and through 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. If you need access to our WiFi, you can enjoy our covered patio area near our auditorium.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are only trying to do what is best for our patrons and our staff and our library. We want to be as mindful of this situation as possible in order to keep our doors open and accessible. Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands, and please continue to wear your masks.

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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