COVID-19 related Information

Curbside Pickup and Computer Use by Appointment

Due to the high rate of COVID-19 community spread, all library locations currently have only curbside pickup service and computer use by appointment available.  If you would like to use a computer, copier, or fax, please call the location you would like to use to set up an appointment.  Limited one-hour appointments are available. A face covering is required for customers and employees inside the library.

Curbside Pickup of library materials is available at all FCDL locations during open hours. Customers can request items by phone or through the Library’s online catalog.  Once you have been notified that your materials are ready for pickup, visit the branch location where the items are held, park in the designated space, and call in to have staff deliver your checked out materials to the trunk of your vehicle.

Outdoor book drops remain open. All returned library materials are isolated for at least 4 days before they are checked in by a staff member. After 4 days, staff will check in returned materials. The Library no longer charges fines for late materials, so no fines will be assessed on returns. Please understand that when you return materials, they will still appear on your account as this process occurs.

Thank you to all of our customers, friends, colleagues, and supporters who have expressed their concern and understanding during this uncertain time.

The Fairfield County District Library hopes to resume full service as soon as possible, but will continue to abide by the recommendations of local and state health officials. The situation with the coronavirus is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our services through our website and Facebook page.

 

Digital Resources and Online Programming

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Fairfield County District Library has been working diligently to provide online programs and digital resources to our customers.  Look for online programs on the library’s Facebook page. Borrow a book or movie from Hoopla. Checkout eBooks and eAudio titles on Libby. The library has a wide range of services you can access from home, all found on our Digital Services webpage. If you do not have a library card, you can sign up for one to access digital services.

 

Safety Precautions

Please know the safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to the Library. In order to comply with state guidelines, all library employees and customers are required to wear a face covering while in a library building.

Other safety precautions include the installation of plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizer available for staff and customers, and the rearrange of work spaces to allow at least six feet of distance between employees. All returned materials are isolated for at least 4 days before they are handled by staff.   We are frequently cleaning ‘high touch’ surfaces and continuing to routinely clean and sanitize our library locations.

 

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  • Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Trusted Information Sources

Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9am – 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Centers for Disease Control

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.