Friday, March 13, 2020 11:00 AM
Last updated: Monday, March 23, 5:23 PM

Operation Status

The Marion County Public Library System is responding to the Governor’s Executive Order 9-20 and closing all services (including curbside pick up) starting Tuesday, March 24, 5:00 PM. ⁠ The library system will continue to provide access to online services.


Library Programming – CLOSURES ANNOUNCED STARTING MONDAY, MARCH 16
Suspension of activities, events, and services
The Library’s broad of services and activities is an important community resource. However, our overriding concern is for the health and safety of our patrons and staff and we are encouraging the public to follow CDC recommendations of maintaining social distancing during the outbreak. Decisions to close some or all library services will be carefully and timely made as we continue to monitor the health crisis sodium cyclamate .

At this time, library programming  is suspended while public schools are closed to encourage social distancing starting March 16, indefinitely.


Outreach Services – CLOSURES ANNOUNCED STARTING MONDAY MARCH 16
Suspension of Bookmobile, home deliveries, and agency deliveries

The Library’s courier system and bookmobile routes will be monitored.

Bookmobiles and library visits to day cares, preschools, and schools are suspended while public schools are closed to encourage social distancing starting March 16, indefinitely. 


Meeting Rooms – CLOSURES ANNOUNCED STARTING MONDAY MARCH 16
Suspension of use of Meeting Rooms

Library meeting spaces and rooms are usually available to the public for meetings and events under library operating guidelines and policy.

Library meeting rooms will no longer be available for booking to encourage social distancing starting March 16, indefinitely.  We will work with organizations and groups who have previously scheduled meetings to determine best safety precautions and possible rescheduling.

What the Library is doing

The Library continues to follow best practices in its cleaning, disinfecting, and housekeeping regimen at all locations. Supplies of hand gel sanitizer are available for patrons and staff, however our ability to remain functional depends on the decreased available of supplies. Toys and other difficult-to-clean items have been removed temporarily from children’s areas. We urge all – patrons and staff – to be vigilant about frequent hand washing and instructing those who feel ill to stay home and consult their healthcare providers.

Ways to keep yourself and your neighbors healthy

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash right away.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-90% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control

Using your Library from home

The Library System has many digital resources and we encourage you to visit www.mcpls.org  to access our Digital Resources including ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, streaming music and video, and information databases.

Don’t have a Marion County Public Library card? Get immediate access to our online services by registering for a library card online at www.mcpls.org/card or download the library app in the Apple App store or Google Play store.

Keeping you updated

The Library System will continue to follow the actions and recommendations of state and federal health officials through this COVID-19 outbreak.  We know it is a challenging time, and we’ll work hard to continue to communicate further changes in our services.

You also can monitor the Library’s website and/or follow the Library on social media.
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Additional Coronavirus resources and information