Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Suspends In-Person Services
Until the Library is able to safely open, fines and fees are waived on all checked items. Managers are preparing virtual programming.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) took the preventative measure last week of temporarily closing its system of 19 locations due to concern of the COVID-19 virus.
There have been no documented reports of any patron or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Patrons are still able to continue to enjoy the library items they have already borrowed before the temporary closure. Officials are asking patrons to hold onto all previously checked out materials until library buildings are safely able to open. During this time, CLP is relaxing its borrowing policy, suspending all late fees and extending due dates. Library Managers are exploring streaming and virtual programming, as well as brainstorming ways to provide library service in a way that is safe for staff and the community.
Patrons in need of library materials can always access a vast collection of digital materials free with any Allegheny County library card, including eBooks and downloadable audiobooks; streaming TV and movies; magazines, music and more. Collection Development Department Managers are in the process of working in collaboration with eResource vendors to increase access to online books and audio. Instructions to download material is available on the Library’s webpage carnegielibrary.org/eresources.
In the past few days, Library Managers have been inundated with questions concerning library cards, fines, holds, eResources and more. An FAQ has been developed to alleviate patron concerns. A Community Resource Guide with reliable information about the pandemic and how residents can protect themselves from exposure is also being updated.
Library officials continue to monitor news and updates provided by the CDC, Allegheny County Health Department and the PA Department of Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic daily. As the situation, changes the Library will provide updates at carnegielibrary.org/coronavirus.