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.
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 Facebook, Twitter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
National Public Radio (NPR)
COVID-19 – Virus Info (State and Local)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
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
The New York Times – Coronavirus News Updates
CNN – Coronavirus News Updates
Al Jazeera – Coronavirus
BBC News – Health News
The Washington Post – Coronavirus news
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
EPA Emerging Pathogen Guidance
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List N Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2