In response to the growing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, the Everett Public Library will close both Library facilities to the public beginning tonight, Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. These closures will remain in effect until at least Tuesday, March 31.
Until 6 p.m. today, the Library is open for limited service. We are practicing social distancing and are allowing patrons the ability to check out materials and pick up holds. We request that you stay home if you are ill.
Decisions like these do not come easy, as it means a temporary loss of access to the services and gathering spaces the Library is known for providing to so many in our community. However, this does not mean a complete shutdown of Library services. We will continue to provide digital services and will be piloting two new service models: curbside pickup and home delivery.
Starting Saturday, March 14, curbside pickup will be available at both Library locations Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Customers can use curbside pickup to pickup items that have previously been placed on hold. For more details on how to use curbside pickup please visit epls.org/wecare.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, customers can request items to be delivered to their home. Items will be delivered within 48 hours, Monday – Friday. For more details on home delivery please visit epls.org/wecare.
Everett Public Library offers many electronic resources that can be accessed 24/7, when you can’t get to the Library or you’re stuck at home. Visit www.epls.org/apps to learn how to borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and your favorite magazines using the Libby app. Borrow comics, music, and shows on Hoopla and stream movies and documentaries using Kanopy. Consider learning a new skill with Lynda.com or a language with Mango. The library also provides remote access to several databases, including news resources (Newsbank and ProQuest) and health information from trusted sources (Consumer Health Complete, Medline Plus, and Merck Manuals).
Already have items at home?
For those of you who have borrowed Library materials in your possession, do not fear the due date – we are extending loan periods during this time, so you do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation.
I want to express my gratitude for your continued support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our operations because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back into our buildings when it is safe for our communities to gather again and rebuild a sense of normalcy.
Everett Public Library Director