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Covid-19 Update (November 18, 2020)

With the temporary closure of Alabama public schools and following federal and state recommendations to avoid clusters of population within a space, many member libraries have temporarily suspended public access to the library facilities. The services available at the libraries vary based on decisions made by their respective city and library administrators. For the most up-to-date information regarding the services available at your local public library, please contact your local library directly.

What about my holds?

Holds will be kept at the library until the libraries reopen for public access. Some of the libraries are offering curbside service for you to pick up holds. See below for libraries that offer a curbside pickup service.

Can I still request items from other libraries?

Yes.

What if my library card is expiring?

You can renew your library card for the full 2 years online or you can contact your local library directly.

What library resources can I access?

There is a wealth of resource available to you 24/7.

What if I do not have a library card?

Get a temporary e-card.

Why are items still on my account even though I returned them?

Please allow up to 7 days for your account to update, as all materials will be quarantined prior to check-in. Note: Fines for materials that were originally due between March 15 and June 1, 2020 have been waived. If it has been over a week, contact your local library.

What if I still need help?

Your local library is the best source of up-to-date information. If you still have questions, send an email to Tobin Cataldo at tobin.cataldo@jclc.org.


 

Adamsville 205-674-3399

Open to the public with normal operating hours.

Bessemer 205-428-7882 *The Bessemer Public Library will be closed until further notice.

Open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Curbside service: patrons can request to reserve items for curbside from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. but curbside service runs from 2:00 p.m.-4 p.m. Also, patrons can reserve a computer from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to use from 2:00 p.m.-4 p.m.

Birmingham (BPL) 205-226-3600

Most BPL locations are closed to public. Central is open for In-Person services Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. More information about In-Person, http://www.cobpl.org/locations/central/COVID-19.aspx.

Curbside service at Avondale, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m, Central, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Five Points West, Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Springville Road, Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  More information, http://www.cobpl.org/services/curbside.aspx

Book drops open at Avondale, Central, Five Points West, and Springville Road.

Botanical Gardens 205-414-3920

Closed to public. Curbside hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   

Center Point 205-536-7750

Open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Clay 205-680-3812

Open to the public with normal operating hours. They will accept returns from any other libraries and the book drop is open.  Masks are required. NO curbside service. Only 40 people are allowed in the building at one time.

Fultondale 205-849-6335

Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Gardendale 205-631-6639

Open to the public with normal operating hours.

Graysville 205-674-3040

Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Homewood 205-332-6600

Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Curbside Pickup is available Monday-Saturday. For more information, https://homewood.libnet.info/v/assets/16

Hoover 205-444-7800

Curbside Pickup is available Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. http://www.hooverlibrary.org/curbside
Building is open for pick-ups, browsing and computer use Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (No tables or comfortable seating is available. Meeting rooms and quiet study remain closed. 1 hour time limit. Masks required.)

Hueytown 205-491-1443

Curbside service offered Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and library will be open the same hours. The library is open for all services including browsing the stacks, using a computer, making copies, sending faxes, and notary service. Saturday hours have been suspended at this time.

  • The maximum number of patrons in the library at any given time is 25 per Hueytown Fire Department guidelines. Social distancing guidelines of 6 ft apart should be observed at all times.
  • Patrons must wear a face covering while inside the library. Face masks are available to purchase at the front entrance for $2 for those who do not have one.
  • Patrons are limited to one hour in the library per day regardless of their reason for visiting.
  • We have been taking computer appointments since July. Computers are now available without an appointment, but patrons must sign in at the desk to be assigned a computer. Computer terminals are disinfected after each use. Staff members are limited in their ability to assist patrons on the computers due to social distancing guidelines, so please bring someone with you to assist whenever possible.
  • Returned materials must still be quarantined for 72 hours, and all fines will be waived. Patrons are to place items in the designated return bins. Items may not be handed to a staff member directly. Please note that items may not reflect returned until they are processed after the quarantine.
  • Curbside delivery has been available since June and will continue to be available for our patrons who prefer to not come inside. Patrons may call, message, or email us to have items pulled. They can call us at (205) 491-1443 when they arrive at the library to have their materials placed outside for them to pick up.
  • The public restrooms are out of service at this time.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available at the entrance and in the computer area.
  • The library Board reserves the right to fall back to earlier phases of the Phased Reopening Plan should situations warrant.

Irondale 205-951-1415

Building open for Limited Service Monday-Thursday 10 a.m-2 p.m. For more information go to https://www.irondalelibrary.org/ipl-express/

Curbside Service offered Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information, https://www.irondalelibrary.org/covid-19-updates/.  Reach out if you need help with your library card, information about online resources, a great book recommendation, or assistance with school assignments. 205-951-1415 or Librarian@IrondaleLibrary.org 

Leeds 205-699-5962

Closed to public. Curbside Service offered Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Curbside or drive-thru service for borrowing library materials, printing, and faxing.

Open for appointments Tuesday and Thursday. Patrons will need to make a 30 minute appointment to browse the collection or use a public computer. Under the current regulations, Leeds can allow 8 people in the building at one time.

Midfield 205-923-1027

Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m-3 p.m. They will be providing all regular library services. The staff will remain in the library until 6 p.m. After 3 p.m they will continue answering phone calls, provide notary service, and curbside service if needed. The maximum number of patrons in the library at any given time will be 25. Social distancing of 6 ft. apart should be observed at all times. Patrons must wear a face covering while inside the library. Face masks are available to purchase at the entrance for $2 for those who do not have one. Patrons are limited to one hour per day in the library (no exceptions). Due to social distancing guidelines, staff will be limited in assisting patrons. They have plastic shields in between each computer station. Patrons must sign in and wait to be assigned to a computer station. Each computer will be sanitized after every use. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided at the print release station. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, the circulation desk, and the computer area. They will have 1 public restroom available but no water fountains. Returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours. Fines will be waived as needed. They are looking forward to welcoming their patrons back to the library.

O'Neal Library (Mountain Brook) 205-445-1101

Limited building access, 30 patron capacity, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m-2 p.m. For more information, https://www.eolib.org/express

Curbside Pickup is available 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday & 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, https://www.eolib.org/curbside

Pinson 205-680-9298

Open for Limited Building Service Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Computers are only available by appointment. Only 10 patrons will be allowed in the building at one time. For more information, http://www.pinsonlibrary.com/covid-19-updates.html

Curbside service Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, http://www.pinsonlibrary.com/covid-19-updates.html

Pleasant Grove 205-744-1731

Open Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-12 noon.

Tarrant 205-841-0575

Open for in-house browsing, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no public computer access at this time). Curbside Service offered Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Simply pull up at the front of the library, call 205-841-0575 from your car, and staff will bring your materials out to you. For any questions or to place materials on hold, please call 205-841-0575.

Trussville 205-655-2022

Building open for browsing. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  To make your visit as safe and efficient as possible, here is some general information you need to know before visiting the library:

  • 30 patron limit
  • 1-hour browsing limit
  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others
  • Cash or cards for transactions over $5
  • Use hand sanitizer and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you're not feeling well, or use our curbside service instead
  • Donations will not be accepted at this time
  • You may pick up books and request materials from other libraries
  • Please use the outdoor book drop to return materials (the outdoor book drop is located in the parking lot between the library and community pool). The indoor book drop will also be available for returns.

Trussville Public Library is offering contact-less curbside service Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.trussvillelibrary.com/curbside-pickup/

Vestavia Hills 205-978-0155

Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Curbside service is available daily from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday (except holidays) https://vestavialibrary.org/curbside-pickup/

Walter J. Hanna (Fairfield) 205-783-6007

Open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 10 patrons at a time.

Warrior 205-647-3006

Open with the following guidelines:

  • Mask required Exceptions: medical condition and under age 2
  • Temperature Check and questions regarding symptoms at door
  • Hands Sanitizer
  • Time limit: 30 minutes per day

Warrior Fire Department will sanitize building each day at closing. More information, https://www.facebook.com/TheWarriorPublicLibrary/  205-647-3006

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