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PCPL Coronavirus Response

UPDATE 6-19-20: We're continuing our curbside delivery service and virtual programming.  The library's renovation project is well underway.  Construction is anticipated to end in September, and reopening plans will be shared at that time.

Follow our Facebook page to learn about all our programs and events!  Learn more about the services we're providing at this time in the following article: http://www.pulaskipost.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6991

UPDATE 6-5-20: As the library's construction project continues, so too does curbside delivery.

We have a number of virtual programs planned for next week!  Check them out here.  Follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop.

UPDATE 5-29-20:  Did you know that we're hosting virtual events every week?  It's true!  Visit our Facebook page see what's happening online at the library.

We're enjoying bringing items to you with our curbside delivery service.  Our front book drop is open for returns.  Learn more about all that here: https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/curbside-delivery-resumes

UPDATE 5-4-20: As of today, we are restarting our curbside delivery service.

With curbside delivery, you can reserve items online or by phone.  We’ll gather your items, let you know when they’re available, and bring them to you using a contactless transfer stand.

Learn more about curbside delivery here: https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/curbside-delivery-resumes

Our front book drop is also open for you to return materials.  No items need to be returned immediately, but if you do want to bring things back this week, please see the schedule on our curbside page.

While the library building itself is not opening to the public yet, we hope that these services help you get the library materials you need!

UPDATE 4-21-20: Indiana's Stay-at-Home order has been extended through May 1st.  The library building is closed while this order remains in effect.

That said, we're working hard and looking forward to resuming curbside delivery service once the order has been lifted!

Due dates for all library materials have been extended until June 1st.  Our book drops are currently closed due to construction.  Please hold on to your items for now!

This week (April 19-25) is National Library Week.  Check out the digital resources on our site to see all the ways your can "Find the Library at Your Place."  And follow our Facebook page to check out some fun online activities you can take part in this week!

Read through our previous updates to learn more and find links to all sorts of useful information.

UPDATE 4-3-20:  Even though the library is closed, we are still working for you!

Read more to learn about what we're doing and to find links to information about taxes, unemployment, and more.

Indiana's Stay-at-Home order has been extended through April 20th.  The library will remain closed for the duration of this order.

Staff members have been reaching out to regular library patrons, participating in virtual training sessions, and putting together always-accessible digital resources.

The library has also been coordinating with other local organizations, from helping the Pulaski County Health Department get the word out about needed items, to loaning iPads to the hospital so that patients can keep in touch with loved ones.

No books or other items will be due until the library resumes normal services.  You do not need to renew your materials – we are not charging late fees at this time.  Our book drops are currently closed – please hold on to your items for now!

Learn about all the ways we have expanded the offerings of our digital services: https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/digital-services-expanded

Individual tax returns are now not due until July 15th.  Learn about the tax changes and find tax forms here: https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/taxes-and-covid-19

Learn about the changes to Indiana's 2020 primary election and how you can vote by mail at https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/voting-indianas-2020-primary-election

If you need to file an unemployment claim, visit www.Unemployment.IN.gov. You can request assistance from Northwest Indiana's Work One by calling 574-330-0545.

You can contact Indiana 2-1-1 for help finding a variety of resources quickly, easily, and confidentially.  Dial 2-1-1 to connect to a navigator for help with food, shelter, loss of work, mental health, and more.

Visit our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest library news: https://www.facebook.com/pulaskilibrary/

UPDATE 3-23-20: In accordance with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's Stay-at-Home order, we will be temporarily ceasing all in-person library services, effective Wednesday, March 25th.

Learn more about what this means and the library services that are still available at https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/library-services-during-stay-home.

Our local State Senator Ed Charbonneau has compiled a list of useful COVID-19 informational resources, including information about resources for Hoosier schools and students, how to file unemployment claims, and where to find child care assistance.

UPDATE 3-16-20: In accordance with the latest guidance, we are closing the library building to the public until further notice.  However, we still plan to continue to offer library services to our patrons in a variety of ways.

Learn about our new curbside delivery service! https://www.pulaskicounty.lib.in.us/curbside-delivery

We'll post more information about all our continuing services in the coming days.

Original Post 3-14-20:

The Pulaski County Public Library is implementing new policies and procedures to keep people safe and continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of utmost concern.  We have been in communication with the Pulaski County Health Department to create an appropriate response to COVID-19.

We’ve taken a proactive approach to ensuring the library remains a safe place to visit.  In addition to elevating our normal cleaning regimen, we’re thoroughly disinfecting all shared, high-traffic areas, such as computers, counters, and doors, daily. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also put away toys and games for the time being.

In accordance with our Epidemic Response Policy, the library is currently in an elevated level of service with new rules and procedures.  Some of the changes at this time include:

  • Due Dates Extended: Any physical materials currently checked out will have their due dates extended until the end of our elevated service.
  • No Unaccompanied Children: Children are still welcome to visit the library, but they must be accompanied by an adult parent or caregiver over the age of 18.
  • Events and Meetings Suspended: All upcoming in-person events at the library have been suspended. We will do our best to reschedule canceled events as circumstances allow.
  • Quick Browsing Encouraged: Patrons are encouraged to keep their visits to the library brief. Time on library computers is limited to 30 minutes.
  • Curbside Delivery Available: Patrons who do not wish to enter the library building can reserve materials online or by phone (946-3432) and call the library to arrange for curbside delivery.  A staff member will bring the materials to the patron's vehicle.

Because we know many people are spending more time at home these days, we’re enhancing our digital offerings.  We’ve increased the monthly checkout limit to 12 items on Hoopla, and we're expanding our collection on OverDrive.  All of our digital services can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

We do not have plans to close the library at this time. [UPDATE: We have closed the library as of 3-16-20.]  That said, if the coronavirus situation worsens, we may take the step to close the library building.  We are listening to public officials and working with the local health department to stay apprised of the latest updates.  We will let you know on our website and Facebook page if we do need to take additional steps.

Be aware that there is a lot of false information about COVID-19 being shared.  You can always trust information from your local library. In addition, these resources contain unbiased and useful information:

At this time, our elevated service is expected to last until at least April 6th.  We’ll keep you informed as this situation progresses.  We are all in this together. Stay healthy and stay safe.