COVID-19 Information & Resources
updated December 7, 2020
The number of COVID-19 cases in our area is climbing. The Library will remain open at this time, although due to staffing shortages, we may have to restrict services or reduce hours at branches with little notice. During this time, you have many options for how to access library services safely. For our book lovers, Curbside Pick-Up and Grab & Go Books are safe alternatives and save you time! For our computer users, check out a device and print/fax/scan with Curbside Tech. There is also free WiFi in our parking lots.
To keep everyone safe, please wear your mask, practice social distancing, and as always, wash your hands. By working together we can make sure to keep everyone (and ourselves) safe and healthy.
Here is what you need to know about current library services:
Curbside Pick-Up and Curbside Tech are available at all branches.
All SJCPL branches are open select hours for browsing and indoor computer use. Click here for more information about what to expect.
Masks must be worn at all times while in the library.
We are happy to see you, but please limit the amount of time you spend in the branch.
Seating is not available. Relax outside on the library patio at Centre, German, Francis, Lakeville, and North Liberty. Outdoor seating is also available at LaSalle, Western, and Tutt.
Beginning on December 14, we will be changing our service hours. All locations are open for curbside service with select hours for browsing and indoor computer use. Seating areas remain closed.
Select library meeting rooms are open for virtual meetings and appointments. This service is available at Francis, Centre, and German Branches. Find information and guidelines here.
Check out our calendar of events for virtual programs. For virtual storytimes, visit our Facebook page or SJCPL Jr. YouTube channel.
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 unemployment, SNAP, TANF, HIP, and rental assistance forms or ask questions about resources.
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.
Fast Facts | What you need to know about COVID-19
Have questions about COVID-19? If you develop any of the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call 211.
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, body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, and sore throat. Symptoms may be similar to other respiratory infections.
There are several COVID-19 vaccines in the advanced trial stage.
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.
Stay Up To Date with Trusted Sources
St. Joseph County Department of Health - Find the most recent SJC Public Health Orders, general resources for dealing with COVID, downloadable handouts for businesses
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) - In addition to public updates and local resources, this website has the Indiana COVID-19 Dashboard and Map. See what the weekly color-coded score means for our community here.
Regenstrief Institute COVID-19 Dashboard - Up-to-date metrics and data about COVID-19 hospitalization rates, cases, and testing in Indiana.
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - This website includes information about symptoms, testing, vaccines, stress, and what to do if you are sick.
How to Reduce the Risk of Getting Sick or Spreading the Virus to Others
Wear a mask. Mask Up Michiana!
Practice social distancing (keep 6 feet between you and another person).
Avoid indoor gatherings.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your face.
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.