What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Carnegie Public Library and Jeffersonville Branch Library remain closed through at least April 6 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. All library events were cancelled for this period of time, and all item due dates were extended until at least April 7.

We are closely monitoring local and state developments, seeking input from local health and community leaders, and observing the recommendations from our state and national library organizations. Our goal has been, and will remain, to do everything we can to preserve the health and safety of library employees, their families, and our community. During this time, library staff are taking advantage of continuing education opportunities, creating online content from home, keeping up with daily operations and building maintenance, and are wholeheartedly looking forward to a return, as soon as is safely possible. Until then…

“Stay home to checkout” during this time of social distancing. The Ohio Digital Library (ODL), our consortium for e-books, and digital audio and video, has more than 440,000 copies of more than 179,000 individual titles. The ODL is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Log in with your Carnegie Library card and PIN to start reading today. Don’t have a library card? Immediately following our closing announcement on Monday, library staff began work to create online library card registration. Go to www.cplwcho.org/ecard, and complete the form. Library staff will email you a library card number and PIN. E-Resource cards never expire, and are valid for online circulation only.

After the library reopens, if you wish to borrow physical materials as well, please bring in a photo i.d. to gain additional borrowing privileges. If you already have a library card, you have access to all of the above-mentioned services. If you are not sure of your PIN, or have lost your card, please submit a query through the “Contact Us” option on the library’s web site. Are you new to using e-books and online databases? The library’s Guiding Ohio Online Tech Tutor is still available to answer your questions. Message us on Facebook, the library’s website, or email kcottrill@seolibraries.org, and she will get back with you as soon as possible.

Finally, if you manage a “Little Free Library” and are in need of books, the library is here to help. Let us know what you need, where you are, and how to contact you. We’ll make arrangements to get your little library re-stocked in no time.

Our doors may be closed, but we are “here” to help! Our online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Information about all of our resources can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director