News Release, Calvert Library
As you know, Calvert Library has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. This is a constantly evolving situation and we continue to track information from county, state and federal health officials to ensure Calvert Library practices reflect new information as it is available.
At this time, Calvert Library has decided that curbside, phone reference, and mobile services will end today, March 16 at 7 pm. Please do not return your materials until we re-open. We hope to resume regular library operations on Monday, March 30, but as this is an evolving situation, we will continue to evaluate. The health of our staff and customers is our top priority as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19.
We recommend that you keep informed with reliable sources. Several can be found on the library website.
Keep Yourself and Community Healthy
- Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six feet away from other people.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for 20 seconds.
- If unable to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that is a minimum 60-90% alcohol.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow. Discard the tissue immediately.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and take care of yourself.
During this temporary closure, we are taking several steps to ensure library services remain available:
- Library staff will continue to answer email reference questions as well as post useful information on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Wifi will still be accessible in portions of our parking lots.
- Downloadable movies, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and music continue to be available.
- You should hold on to the library materials you currently have until we re-open. We will extend due dates to the end of April and remember, Calvert Library does not charge late fees.
- Any library cards that would have expired this month through May 1, have been extended to June 1, 2020.
Calvert Library from Home
- Temporary library cards are available online: If you don’t have a library card, register for one online for immediate access to our digital library. We have extended these temporary cards to be valid for 90 days to access all library ebooks, eaudiobooks, downloadable movies, TV shows, music, and online resources. Once the library is open again, you can come in to verify your address and receive your permanent physical library card.
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