COVID-19 Information & Resources
updated May 15, 2021
SJCPL is committed to keeping our staff and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Library is now open during our regularly scheduled business hours, 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 regularly scheduled business hours for browsing and indoor computer use.
We encourage you to wear a mask while inside the library. We are happy to provide a mask for you, free of charge.
Limited seating is available until June 1. Relax outside on the library patio at Centre, German, Francis, Lakeville, and North Liberty. Outdoor seating is also available at LaSalle, Western, and Tutt.
The Friends of the Library Book Store is now open regular hours: Every Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Fridays.
Select library meeting rooms are open for virtual meetings and appointments. This service is available at Centre, Francis, German, and North Liberty Branches. Find information and guidelines here.
This service is currently available for personal use only. Group meeting reservations cannot be made at this time.
Beginning July 6, all branch meeting rooms will be available to all groups. Groups can start booking meeting rooms on June 1. To book a meeting room, click 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.
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.
Several COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Schedule an appointment at ourshot.in.gov, or call us at (574) 282-4646 for help.
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.