Main Library closed until Friday, January 22

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Friday, January 8—Late this afternoon, we learned a staff member working in the Main Library has most likely been infected with COVID-19, based upon their symptoms and the infection of another close family member. That staff member was most recently in the Main Library on Wednesday, January 6. Because of a shared physical working environment, an entire team has been exposed and all affected staff will quarantine for the next two weeks. The building’s staff areas will be disinfected and sanitized by our professional cleaning company.

As a result, the Main Library building will be closed to all staff and patrons until Friday, January 22. For the next two weeks, our self-service Grab-and-Go service for physical materials will be suspended. Returns will not be accepted. Due dates will be extended.

Notified that you have items for pickup? We will hold onto your items until we reopen the Main Library. You can ignore hold cancellation notifications. Questions about individual items? Please contact us »

While we very much regret having to make this decision, we cannot safely operate our physical space under these conditions and until our team is able to return to work. Thank you for your understanding and please be safe.

Expected to return Friday, January 22: Self-Service Main Library Lobby Returns & Holds Pickup


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