Library Actions for COVID-19
UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020:
The Pittsylvania County Public Library will CLOSE to the public at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18.
Consistent with the emergency declarations at the national, state, and local level to limit the possible spread of COVID-19, all branches and the bookmobile service of the Pittsylvania County Public Library will close at 6:00 pm today and remain closed until the current public health emergency warrants reopening.
Fines will be waived during this period. Book drops will remain open to return materials.
Staff will be available from 10:00am until 6:00pm Monday through Friday to provide public phone assistance and curbside pickup of library materials.
The library’s free WiFi is available within a limited range outside each of our buildings and citizens are invited to access it from their cars.
Details of the curbside pickup service will be provided on the library’s website, our Facebook page, or via the phone later this week. Library staff will also look for other ways to provide services to the public remotely. Please make use of our large collection of e-resources and databases for the public on our website.
Update March 13, 2020:
Out of concern for the health and safety of our patrons and their families, and in line with the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency and request for social distancing, the Pittsylvania County Public Library is implementing the following actions, effective immediately and continuing until April 30:
- Canceling all public programs involving gatherings of any number of people at all branches, including story times, exercise programs, and other events.
- Canceling all public outreach programs such as story times at schools and day care providers.
- Canceling all meeting room reservations. Individuals may still use study rooms on a first-come, first-served basis.
- No food or coffee will be provided or sold at library branches.
- Further increasing our already enhanced sanitation procedures to include wiping down materials as they are returned and holding them for 24 hours before returning them to circulation.
We appreciate that these actions will disappoint many library users, but we hope that taking these steps will contribute to reducing the spread and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to keeping the library a safe place for our patrons to visit.
Patrons and visitors are encouraged to participate in these health and safety precautions by washing their hands or using hand sanitizer, avoiding crowds, and staying home if they are feeling unwell.