Library COVID-19 Updates

Updates on library operations, services and resources
June 29, 2020

Updated: July 31, 2020
Schedule your curbside pickup, no appointment needed
 
Starting July 31, a total of 26 locations, including Central Library, will offer curbside pickup and return service.  To simplify service, no appointment will be necessary. Patrons can visit their library location during curbside hours of operations once they receive a notice that their holds are available. Upon arrival, patrons can text the library and staff will prepare the materials.
 
Hours have been expanded at most locations to Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note: Curbside service at Isleton Library will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Nonie-Wetzel Courtland Library will offer this service Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. Walnut Grove Library will be available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.mElla K. McClatchy Library and Orangevale Library are not available for curbside service at this time.
 
Please note that book drops are not available at this time, and no donations are being accepted.
 

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Updated July 14, 2020
Curbside pickup by appointment now available at 25 locations

Starting July15, North Sacramento - Hagginwood Library will offer curbside pickup by appointment. Scheduled curbside pickup of library materials is available at 25 locations. Patrons may also return materials to these locations at anytime without an appointment during hours of operations. 

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Updated June 29, 2020
Curbside pickup by appointment now available at 24 locations

Starting July 2, Isleton Library will offer curbside pickup by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Noon to 6 p.m. Nonie-Wetzel Courtland Library will offer this service starting July 3 on Wednesdays and Fridays from Noon to 6 p.m. Patrons can also return items to these branches during hours of operations. 

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Computer temporarily appointments suspended
Starting July 2, we are temporarily suspending computer appointments for the next few weeks following public health directives to limit indoor in-person services. Thanks to all of our staff and patrons who helped us launch this service. We’ll resume appointments once we can ensure the safety and protection of our patrons and staff.

Updated: June 25,2020

Computer appointments available at 2 locations

Starting June 25, Sacramento Public Library will offer computer appointments at the Carmichael Library and Colonial Heights Library. The pilot program is available at these locations Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.  Patrons may also return materials to these locations at any time and pickup materials by appointment during hours of operations.
 

 
Updated: June 18, 2020

 

Computer appointments pickup by appointment available at 22 locations

Starting June 18, Sacramento Public Library will offer scheduled curbside pickup of library materials at 22 locations. Patrons may also return materials to these locations during hours of operations. 

Curbside pickup by appointment is now available at Arcade, Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights, Del Paso Heights,  Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Franklin, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Martin Luther King, Jr., McKinley, North Highlands-Antelope, North Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna and Walnut Grove locations. This service is available by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Patrons can also return items to these branches during hours of operations. 

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Updated: June 10, 2020

Curbside pickup by appointment available at 20 locations

Starting June 11, Sacramento Public Library will offer scheduled curbside pickup of library materials at thirteen locations. Patrons may also return materials to these locations during hours of operations. 

Curbside pickup by appointment is now available at Arcade, Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Martin Luther King, Jr., McKinley, North Highlands-Antelope, North Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna and Walnut Grove locations. This service is available by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Patrons can also return items to these branches during hours of operations. 

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Updated: May 26, 2020

Curbside pickup by appointment available at 13 locations

Starting June 4, Sacramento Public Library will offer scheduled curbside pickup of library materials at thirteen locations. Patrons may also return materials to these locations during hours of operations. 

Curbside pickup by appointment is now available at Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights,  Elk Grove, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Martin Luther King, Jr., North Highlands-Antelope, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Sylvan Oaks and Walnut Grove Libraries. This service is available by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Patrons can also return items to these branches during hours of operations. 

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Updated: May 26, 2020

Curbside Pickup by Appointment Available at 8 library locations

Starting May 26, Sacramento Public Library will offer scheduled curbside pickup of library materials at eight locations. This service is available at Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial Heights, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, North Highlands, Sylvan Oaks and Walnut Grove Libraries. Curbside pickup by appointment is available Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Patrons may also return materials to these locations during hours of operations.

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Updated: May 15, 2020

Introducing curbside pick up by appointment

Sacramento Public Library launched curbside pickup of library materials on hold at select locations by appointment only. The pilot program is available at Sylvan Oaks Library and Belle Cooledge Library branches Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Patrons can also return items to these branches during hours of operations. We will expand scheduled curbside service to more branches in phases.

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Updated: April 30, 2020

Libraries will remain closed in alignment with public health orders

All library locations will remain closed through May 22, in alignment with the latest state and local public health orders. Material due dates, hold pick-up dates and library card expiration dates will continue to be extended. Please check your library account to view your new date. All in-person services will continue to be suspended.

Our virtual library doors will remain open
We will continue to serve our community with digital services and have launched new virtual programs including storytime, book clubs, live reading recommendations, happy hour and more.

Digital Services  
 

Virtual Program Schedule 

At-Home Learning  

 

Updated: April 9, 2020

All library locations will remain closed through May 1, in alignment with public health orders.

Material due dates, hold pick-up dates and library card expiration dates will continue to be extended. Please check your library account to view your new date. All in-person services will continue to be suspended.

Our virtual library doors will remain open
We will continue to serve our community with digital services and have launched new virtual programs including storytime, book clubs, live reading recommendations, happy hour and more.

Digital Services  

 

New Virtual Programming

  • Storytime: Join us live on Facebook every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. We’ll also share new videos on our website every Tuesday morning so you can continue learning at home.

  • Live Reading Recommendations: We will give you a personalized book recommendation live on Facebook every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Happy Hour:  Grab your favorite beverage and cozy on up for a fun-filled discussion covering books, movies and more. Join us on Zoom every Thursday night at 5 p.m.

  • Book Clubs: Check out our growing schedule of virtual book clubs on Zoom.

  • Spring into Reading Challenge: During the month of April, log your reading minutes and complete activities to earn spring-themed badges.

Virtual Programs  

 

At-Home Learning Resources
Parents and caregivers check out our at-home learning resources to keep your students on track. We also have tools for educators.

  • Students can get homework help and work with a live tutor online.

  • With Bookflix, kids can practice reading skills with animated and read-along ebooks on a variety of topics for every interest.

  • Scholastic’s ScienceFlix pairs short videos on a variety of science topics with informational text that can be adjusted between three levels of complexity so you can match the right text complexity to your reader.

  • Overdrive has a full collection of children’s nonfiction on a variety of topics including space and engineers, and informational ebooks with a variety of activity suggestions from making, baking, building and coding. Currently, a library card can check out up to 60 ebooks at a time.

  • National Geographic Kids offers videos, books, and back issues of National Geographic Kids magazines with info all about animals, history and world cultures.

  • Tumblemath is a collection of read-along books and pdfs of titles that cover a range of math skills from addition to graphing and measuring.

At-Home Learning  

 


Updated: March 27, 2020

Libraries will remain closed in alignment with government guidelines

All library locations will remain closed through April 10, in alignment with the governor’s shelter-in-place order.

Material due dates, hold pick-up dates, and library card expiration dates have been extended. Please check your library account to view your new date. During this closure, we have temporarily disabled new holds on physical items. You can still place holds on ebooks and audiobooks.

Although all in-person services will continue to be suspended, our virtual library doors never close. We encourage you to continue using our digital services and check out the new Bonus Borrows from Hoopla. If you don't have a card yet, simply apply here.

We will continue serving our community beyond the library walls. During this time while you are all at home, we are here to keep you connected. In the coming days, we will be launching new virtual programming including book clubs, live book recommendations, storytime and more.
 
Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Updated: March 23, 2020

Library Accounts, Book Drops and Other Frequently Asked Questions

We want to thank you for bearing with us as we continue to adapt to COVID-19 and its impact on library services. We are here for you and are diligently working to connect you to a suite of resources to help you get through this difficult time

Although our branches are closed, we are available to answer your questions via phone, email or chat.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding My Account

Will my library card expire?
Any library card with an expiration date of Jan. 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020, will now remain active until June 2, 2020. If you cannot access the library, you can reach our customer care team by dialing (916) 264-2700 or (800) 561-4636.

Can I drop my library items off at library book drops?
Book drops remain closed during the library closure. We will let you know when the library and book drops reopen.

What if my items are due during the library closure? Will I accrue late fees?
All materials due from March 1 – May 31, are now due on June 1. We are not able to extend due dates for items previously billed, Link+, and Library of Things; however, when we reopen, we will be flexible and waive fines when items are returned

Will I still be able to pick up my hold when the library reopens?

We will extend the period that all items remain on hold so that you have adequate time to pick up your hold after the library reopens. Please disregard the pick-up date listed on your hold notice and in your account

What can I do about my Library of Things or Book Club Kit reservation?
Patrons who have reservations during our closure are being notified and encouraged to rebook items when the library reopens. We do not have a recommended date at this time, as we don’t know how long we will be closed. We are creating book clubs in Hoopla to help fill the gap. When we reopen we will honor reservations as best we can, and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Can you increase Hoopla and OverDrive lending limits while the library is closed?
You can now check out 60 titles and reserve 30 titles in OverDrive. We have also bolstered this collection to ensure maximum availability.

Although we are unable to increase Hoopla lending limits due to its pricing model, Hoopla will soon provide a list of 1,000 titles that can be borrowed without counting against your 5 monthly checkouts. We will announce these titles when they are made available next week.

Are you still accepting donations during the closure?
No, we are not accepting donations at this time.

What about my passport appointment?
All library passport appointments have been cancelled through March 31, as California passport agencies are closed to the public until further notice.

Find info about renewing your passport

Can I make a passport appointment for a future date?
We are not accepting passport reservations at this time. Reservations will be available when our facilities reopen. All appointments must be made through the library website .

​Additional community resources can be found here.


Updated: March 19, 2020

Meals at the Library temporarily suspending after today's service

To align with today's order from the Sacramento County Health Officer, we will be temporarily suspending Meals at the Library until further notice. Our school district partners are doing a great job serving thousands of students and we encourage you to take advantage of their meal services. Find a location near you. When the order is lifted, we will explore resuming meals as part of our service to the community.

FAQs

How long will the library be closed?
On March 18 the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board announced the closure of all library branches through March 31 due to health concerns. We are continuing to follow COVID-19 developments closely and will determine if additional closures are needed. 

Will meal service continue?
We will be temporarily suspending Meals at the Library until further notice. Our school district partners are doing a great job serving thousands of students and we encourage you to take advantage of their meal services. Find a location near you.

How do I return my library materials?
During the closure all book drops will be closed. Any library items that have been checked out have had their due dates extended. Additionally, no fines will accrue during the closure. Please check your library account to obtain your new due date.

What services will be effected by the closures?
All in-person library services and programs have been suspended. This includes but is not limited to Zip Books, Link+, Recommend a Book, Makerspaces, passports, Mobile Library, Prom Drive, meeting room reservations, and events.

Are there any services available for me to use?
Yes. You can continue to enjoy the library’s digital services at any time including free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and more.

How often is the FAQ page updated?
We will be providing library updates on a regular basis. Stay connected with us on FacebookTwitter or by calling us at (916) 264-2700 or (800) 561-4636.


Updated: March 18, 2020

Sacramento Public Library Authority Board announces the closure of all libraries through March 31

At this time, all in-person library services and programs have been suspended with the exception of Meals at the Library.

All book drops will be closed and any library items that have been checked out have had their due dates extended. Please check your library account to view your new due date.

We encourage you to use our digital library resources, which will continue to be available to all library patrons. If you don't have a card yet, simply apply and get instant access to our digital resources.


Updated: March 17, 2020

Special Authority Board meeting announced for March 18

A special meeting of the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board will take place on March 18, to discuss extending closures for all libraries through March 31. Members of the public who wish to participate can join the meeting via video conference or in person at the Belle Cooledge Library. Due to public health recommendations, the audience will be limited to no more than 10 individuals.


Updated: March 16, 2020

All Sacramento Public Library locations will be closed through March 18

Ensuring your health and safety is a top priority for us. Out of an abundance of caution, all Sacramento Public Library locations will be closed through March 18 in response to public health recommendations.
 
During this time all book drops will also be closed. Any library items that have been checked out have had their due date extended by an additional four weeks. Please check your library account to obtain your new due date.
 
We encourage you to use our digital library resources, which will continue to be available at any time to all library patrons. If you don't have a card yet, simply apply and get instant access to our digital resources.

Additional community resources can be found here.
 
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.


Updated: March 12, 2020

Following the release of new state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel library programs and outreach through the end of March. No new meeting room reservations will be accepted at this time.

Currently, all library locations remain open to the public, along with digital services, which will continue to be available 24/7.

We are working closely with city and county authorities and with our school partners to keep our community informed. We will provide regular updates through our website and social media outlets as new information is available.


Updated: March 11, 2020

The library is taking the spread of COVID-19 very seriously, while simultaneously providing services and programs to the public. We are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local agencies daily. We are also working closely with city and county authorities and with our school partners to keep our community better informed. As we learn more details about COVID-19, we will provide regular updates through our website and social media outlets. Additional community resources can be found here.


Library Services and Hours

All Sacramento Public Library locations remain open.

Library Facilities 

Keeping you safe is our priority. The following is a list of steps we are taking to ensure a safe environment:

  • Professional daily cleanings

  • Regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces in public areas

  • Increased availability of hand sanitizers and tissues in high use areas

  • Elevated cleaning and sanitation measures throughout all of our 28 locations

In addition to following protocols recommended by the CDC, the library is taking extra precautions, including reducing in-person meetings, using technology to connect staff with the public, and removing children’s toys.

Digital Resources

You can continue to enjoy library services with digital access. The library’s robust digital services give cardholders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and more.

How can you help?

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce the risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to the prevention of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Cover your cough or sneeze

  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials

  • Vulnerable individuals, which are defined as 60+ years old or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and weakened immune systems are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick

Please refer to the CDC website for frequently asked questions.

​Staff Preparation 

On January 28, a safety brief was released to all staff about the emergence of COVID-19 that included information from the CDC about precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.

The library took additional measures to provide information to staff regarding safe work practices, including personal and environmental hygiene, patron education and protocols for absences due to illness.



Community Resources 

COVID-19 – Virus Info (National)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Department of State – Travel Advisory
National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health (NIH)

MedlinePlus

National Public Radio (NPR)

 
COVID-19 – Virus Info (State and Local)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Sacramento County
 
Información en Español
Biblioteca virtual en salud – Enfermedad por coronavirus (COVID-19)
MedlinePlus – Infecciones por coronavirus
 
Maps and Visualizations
ArcGIS Interactive Map – Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
CDC – Map of Countries with Confirmed Cases
The New York Times – Coronavirus Map
 
News Resources
The New York Times – Coronavirus News Updates
CNN – Coronavirus News Updates
Al Jazeera – Coronavirus
BBC News – Health News
The Washington Post – Coronavirus news
 
Press Releases
California Department of Public Health – 3/10/2020
California Department of Public Health – 3/9/2020
California Department of Public Health – 3/8/2020
California Department of Public Health – 3/7/2020
California Department of Public Health – 3/6/2020
California Department of Public Health – 3/5/2020
 
Disinfection
EPA Emerging Pathogen Guidance
American Chemistry – COVID-19-Fighting Products List
List N Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2