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PCPL Coronavirus Response

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

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

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.