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Toledo Library Closes Locations for Coronavirus Prevention

Posted about 18 days ago by Library News


What if I can't pick up my holds before the Library closes?

Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again.

Can I pick up my holds using the 24/7 Lobby Lockers?

After Saturday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m., the lobby lockers will be closed. Your holds will still be there when we reopen.

What about hold requests that haven't been filled?

You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing. Requesting has been disabled in the catalog, and we have asked for Toledo PL to be removed from the drop down menu in the SearchOhio and OhioLINK catalogs.

What do I do with my materials that are due while the Library is closed?

Just keep them! Return your materials after we open again - you do not need to renew online. We don't have fines, so don't worry! We have renewed all materials checked out that were not billed with a rolling due date six weeks out. Materials return notices and collection agency calls/letters have been disabled.

Can I still borrow electronic materials?

Yes! Our entire online eMedia collection including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use with your Library card. If you don't have a Library card, sign up for one today and get instant access to these materials! We also have numerous research tools and great digital historical collections that you can access.

How long will the Library be closed?

At this point we are unsure, but our Leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates here and on social media as they become available.

How will the Library ensure returned books and materials are safe to be redistributed should someone borrowing materials be diagnosed with coronavirus?

The Library is currently reviewing potential measures. According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We will take every precaution to keep all materials and surfaces safe when the Library opens again.

How do I get a hold of the Library if I have another question?

Our phones are currently not being answered, however you can use the chat on our website during the following days/times:

Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 9 p.m.

What if I purchased tickets for Authors! with Madeleine Albright?

If you purchased tickets to Madeleine Albright at one of our branch locations, please email our finance office in order to receive a refund: If you purchased tickets online through Eventbrite, your tickets have been refunded. Please allow up to 7 days for your bank account to reflect the refund.

Which services/offerings will not be available while the Library is closed?

The following services and offerings are currently unavailable and requests are not being processed while the Library is closed:

  • All in-person services (Passports, Dog Licenses, Homework Helper, etc.)
  • All department-associated services (Obituaries/Local History, Making, Computers, etc.)
  • Assignment Alerts
  • Book Kits (By-request and Pre-Selected)
  • Childcare Kits
  • Community Photo Album
  • Discovery Passes
  • Homebound Application for Mobile Services
  • Local Author Submission
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Printing to the Library
  • Suggest a Purchase
  • Test Proctoring
  • Volunteer Application

Toledo Library to Close Locations for Coronavirus Prevention

In evaluating information that indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, Library leadership is making the difficult decision to close all locations and Mobile Services to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15. We will continually reassess to determine the length of this closure.

The facts that support the decision:

  • The scientific community is in agreement that flattening the curve of new cases is essential to containing the virus’s spread
  • The exponential growth in cases in areas without aggressive containment is a sobering lesson in taking early action
  • It is consistent with the governor’s call for all K-12 schools to begin a three-week Spring Break on Monday

Our concern is that closings are inevitable, but the longer we delay closing, the less benefit we get from this difficult decision. We are also hopeful that this decision will give other organizations the confidence to close in order to maximize the benefits of social distancing.

The Library's leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. Follow the Library on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check the website for the latest updates.

- Jason Kucsma
Executive Director, Toledo Lucas County Public Library