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The health and safety of our patrons and staff is the Salt Lake City Public Library’s number one priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation very closely, particularly as it relates to the impact on public spaces, public gatherings, and best practices.


UPDATE 3/27/20: After reassessing the current situation involving COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all City Library locations will remain closed until further notice. This decision aligns with official health guidance from both the County and State that stresses the importance of social distancing and avoidance of mass gatherings.

All events, programs, and outreach have been cancelled, along with meeting room reservations, through Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

The Library continues to provide virtual services and access to our electronic collections, including eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music, movies, research databases, learning platforms, and more. We have moved funds in order to buy more eBooks and eAudiobooks for our collection. We have also created an online registration process for new library cards, to make it as easy as possible to access our services.

At this time, we are not offering access to the Library's physical collections (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.), and ask that any materials that are already checked out not be returned until further notice. As always, no late fees will be charged. For updates, follow us on social media: 

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UPDATE 3/13/20: As a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The City Library will close all locations from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29. On March 27, we will re-evaluate the situation to determine if we need to extend the closure beyond March 29. 

  • All programs, events, outreach, and meeting room reservations have been cancelled through Sunday, April 19.
  • Due dates for all checked out materials have been extended until the Library re-opens. We will not be collecting materials deposited in our bookdrops; patrons do not need to return their materials by the scheduled due date. As always, the Library will not charge late fees. Patrons can disregard notices of overdue items from now through March 29. Patrons can still place holds on items, but will not be able to pick them up until the Library re-opens.
  • All InterLibrary Loan (ILL) requests are suspended until further notice due to the closure of libraries across the United States and Canada. This includes new requests for our patrons as well as loans to other libraries.

At this time, the Library has no reason to believe our staff or patrons have come into contact with Coronavirus. Like many other organizations and institutions, we are striving to do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus. 

The Digital Library is always available for cardholders, including our vast collection of eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks, music-streaming, and learning resources.


UPDATE 3/12/20: Salt Lake City Public Library will be canceling all events from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 19. We will also cancel all meeting room reservations beginning on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 19.

We will be reevaluating this timeline for meeting room availability on Friday, March 27.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Library open?

All City Library locations will remain closed until further notice.

All events, programs, outreach, and meeting room reservations have been cancelled through September 1, 2020.

The Library will continue to follow the direction, instruction, and guidance of health agencies, including state and county health departments, World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For updates, follow us on social media:





or sign up for our e-newsletter.


I forgot my PIN. How do I retrieve it while the Library is closed?

If you know your Library Card number or Username, you can reset your PIN here, or you can chat with us during available hoursMon–Fri · 6am–9pm
Sat · 7am–7pm
Sun · 10am–7pm
.


What if I forgot or lost my Library Card number?

Please register for a new card online.


Will the Library be offering holds-to-go?

Given our current knowledge about how long the Coronavirus lives on a variety of surfaces, we are not offering access to the Library's physical collections (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) at this time. We are asking staff to stay home, and do not feel it would be prudent to ask staff to handle materials or pass those materials on to patrons. Our outdoor book drops are closed. Please keep any materials that are already checked out until further notice. As always, no late fees will be charged.


Where can I return my items?

At this time, we are not offering access to the Library's physical collections (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.), and ask that any materials that are already checked out not be returned until further notice. As always, no late fees will be charged.


Who needs to be on high-alert?

  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis or a symptomatic case in the last 14 days.

How does the virus spread?

The CDC reports that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

How do I protect myself?

The CDC recommends following these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of Coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Who is most at risk?

The CDC reports that older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious Coronavirus illness.


Where can I find the most up-to-date information for Utah?

Coronavirus.utah.gov

If you're worried about whether you may have Coronavirus, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Trained healthcare experts can help answer your questions and numerous language translations are available. Healthcare providers may also call the information line for help.


There is a lot of misinformation out there, who are some trusted resources?

How can I stay up-to-date on Library actions related to Coronavirus?

Updates will be posted on this webpage and on social media.





We will also send updates to e-newsletter subscribers.



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