Curbside pick-up of library materials will begin Monday, May 11. The service will be available at five library branches: Francis, Centre Township, River Park, Keller Park, and North Liberty. To protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, very specific procedures for requesting and picking up items have been put in place. Click here for more information.
Curbside tech services will begin Wednesday, May 20. The service will be available at five library branches: German Township, Lakeville, LaSalle, Western, and Tutt. Curbside Tech includes drive-in laptop use and document delivery (faxing, copying, printing and scanning). To protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, very specific procedures for requesting and picking up items have been put in place. Click here for more information.
Curbside services are available Monday - Saturday, 2-6 p.m.
You may now return library materials to any SJCPL book drop.
All St. Joseph County Public Library locations will remain closed. The COVID-19 situation is continually developing, and we are unable to establish a clear date for reopening at this time. We will keep you informed and updated about any changes as soon as we can.
Here is what you need to know about current library services:
The Friends of the Library Book Sale, meeting room reservations and library programs are cancelled during the closure.
Chat with a librarian by calling 574-282-4646, Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.
The virtual reference desk is open. Make a 1-on-1 appointment to get help with government forms or ask questions about resources.
Due dates for all library materials have been extended to May 15.
WiFi is available in the parking lot of all library branches except the Main Library and Keller Park.
Connect with us at sjcpl.org or on social media — Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
With every decision we have made, we have the safety and wellbeing of our community and staff in mind. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Please stay safe, monitor your health and follow the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and check for updates at the Indiana State Department of Health website.
We look forward to seeing you as soon as we can. Until then, we will see you online.
Executive Director, St. Joseph County Public Library
What do I do with materials that are due while the Library is closed?
Don’t worry about returning anything. You can bring everything back when we reopen. You also don’t need to renew items online. The due date for all checked out materials will be extended until after we reopen.
Will I be charged for materials during the closing?
No! We will be forgiving all charges accrued while we are closed. Don’t worry about materials that you have checked out. Charges and fees will be forgiven for 2 weeks after we reopen.
What happens to holds that I placed before the Library closed?
They will be there waiting for you when we reopen.
Can I continue to place holds on items while the Library is closed?
Yes, you can continue to place holds online, or by chat, e-mail, or phone. Your holds will be filled once we reopen.
Can I still reach a Library staff member via chat, phone, and email while the Library is closed?
Yes, some assigned call center & branch staff will be available to answer questions 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Where are all the Library staff?
Some staff are working remote while the Library is closed. They are busy making book lists, ordering more eMaterials, answering your questions, and planning fun online Library stuff for the coming days.
How can I get updates from the Library?
Our website and social media—Twitter, Instagram or Facebook—will remain active with updates, information, and resources
This is a difficult and uncertain time. We are all in this together. The Public Library is here for you and can answer questions about where to find information about COVID-19.
Fast Facts | What you need to know about COVID-19
Coronaviruses are not new, but COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a new strain.
It was first detected in mid-December and has spread rapidly throughout the world.
Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory infections.
There are currently no vaccines or approved medications for COVID-19.
The individuals most at risk of infection are seniors (60+ years) or those who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.
How to Reduce the Risk of Getting Sick
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your face.
Practice social distancing (keep 6 feet between you and another person). Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time
When to call your doctor
Call your medical provider right away, if:
you have traveled outside of the United States and have symptoms—fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
you have come into contact with someone suspected to have COVID-19.
Have questions about COVID-19? If you develop any of the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call 211.
Trusted Sources of Information
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) website
The ISDH works to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers.
National Library of Medicine
The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library. It maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, including fighting diseases and supporting communities and citizens to do the same.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies, especially in vulnerable communities.
Resources from Other Public Libraries
Thanks to our friends at the Indianapolis Public Library, here are two lists to help you stay informed about the spread of COVID-19.
IndyPL Book Suggestions and Tips for Talking to Children: Books written by authors who specialize in distilling challenging or troubling concepts for children or who specialize in using illustration to communicate to them can be a great support.
IndyPL Topic Guide Coronavirus: Looking for science-based, non-clickbait information on the coronavirus? Wash your hands, don't panic, and check out the resources on this list to stay informed.