COVID-19 Update 3/22/2020 [LIBRARY CLOSED AS OF 3/17/2020]

UPDATE: 3/22/2020

Library to fully close to the public entirely, beginning March 24th through at least April 6th

Earlier today, Governor Mike DeWine announced a Stay at Home order issued by the Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton. This order has made it official that all non-essential organizations and businesses were to be closed, and that everyone in the state that is not an employee of an essential organization or business should stay inside their homes aside from essential activities, including obtaining supplies, getting health care, outdoor activities where social distancing is maintained, or to care for another person. This order will go into effect at 11:59 PM on the evening of Sunday, March 22nd.

Libraries are not expressly mentioned in the order as to whether or not they are essential. Though it has been our honor to remain providing limited services for as long as we could this past week, with the governor’s order, the seriousness of the coronavirus situation has come into full focus. That being said, the Guernsey County Public Library will close entirely to the public and will cease all limited public, in-person services beginning Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, and will be entirely closed through at least April 6th, 2020, per the Stay at Home Order.

All digital services will remain active, so you will be able to borrow digital books, magazines, music, movies, and more through the Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla Digital. If you need help accessing these, be sure to give the library a call Monday, March 23rd, or look at the help pages linked on our website.

Our library exists to serve Guernsey County residents, and we will absolutely be doing that again as soon as possible. The pandemic has shifted the foundation of our society, but we will pull through, and we’ll be giving you physical books, DVDs, Launchpads and more the moment that we can.