Pittsylvania County Library

Free COVID-19 Tests Available

Update January 11, 2022:

***All branches have temporarily run out of at-home Covid-19 tests.

We are sorry to report that the Virginia Department of Health program to provide COVID-19 test kits through libraries, including the Pittsylvania County Public Library, has encountered some supply chain issues and will not be able to resupply us until these are resolved. We are currently out of kits and do not know when we will get more in — it might be several weeks. We will post here and on our social media as soon as we have more test kits available for first come, first served curbside delivery.

Additional opportunities for testing can be found on VDH’s website.

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Pittsylvania County Public Library (PCPL) will serve as a distributor of free at-home COVID-19 test kits beginning in November/December 2021. The kits, provided by VDH, are intended to provide rapid testing for the presence of the SARS-COV-19 virus when completed properly under the supervision of VDH staff. In order to administer the test, an individual must have a test kit, some form of photo ID, a computer or smart phone with a forward-facing camera, and an internet connection to the VDH. Tests may administered using a smart phone from a car in the library parking lot in order to use the library’s WiFi to connect with VDH, but individuals may not use the library’s public access computers to take the test under VDH supervision.

There are three methods to get pick up an at-home test from the library:

a. Call or email the nearest library branch and request a test
b. Library staff will ask the caller for a pickup name and an arrival time
c. Library staff will place the requested test with the caller’s name on it outside the front entrance of the library for the caller pickup at the appointed time
d. This service is not offered during the last 30 minutes of each day so that staff may prepare for closing

a. Stop by the nearest library branch when it is open and call the number posted outside the front door
b. Request a test kit
c. Library staff will bring a test kit out to the car
d. This service is not offered during the last 30 minutes of each day so that staff may prepare for closing

a. Bookmobile patrons may call and request a test for pickup at their usual stop
b. Individuals may approach the Bookmobile and request a test kit from staff (DO NOT ENTER if symptomatic or there has been known exposure to a person infected with COVID-19), subject to availability

Anyone who may have been exposed or be symptomatic for COVID-19 SHOULD NOT ENTER THE LIBRARY for any reason.

• You do no need proof of county residency or a library card to request a test kit.

• No kits will be given to anyone who enters the library to request one. Kits must be requested on the phone or via email for contactless delivery.

• No COVID-19 test kits can be taken or administered inside the library using library computers, personal devices or phones. However, our locations do provide a strong Wi-Fi signal in parking lots.

• Library staff cannot answer health questions. Please refer to your doctor or the Virginia Department of Health.

About the Test

The virtually-guided Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test is designed to be used in the privacy of an individual’s home, with digital test results available in 15 minutes. Rapid antigen tests expire, and are meant to be used immediately, not saved for a “just in case” scenario.

The at-home test kit uses the eMed digital platform to facilitate and verify the test with the Virginia Department of Health. To take the COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home test, individuals will need an internet connection, an internet-enabled device with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, and speaker for the testing session, and a valid photo ID to show the eMed virtual guide. Once the test has been completed, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes, and eMed will report the results to VDH.

Information about who should be tested is available at the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

Learn more about this program from the Virginia Department of Health: