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Libraries close today due to public health concerns

Libraries close today due to public health concerns

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library will close all locations to public access beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, and remain temporarily closed until further notice. Digital library services will remain open. The library has extended the expiration dates on all current library cards, and late fees or fines will be accepted by credit card online.

The Digital Library is open 24/7, and its robust collection of resources are all freely available to any patron with a current East Baton Rouge Parish Library card. Visit https://www.ebrpl.com/digital.html to get started! Browse and enjoy thousands of digital items like e-books, e-magazines, and e-audiobooks, plus streaming media including music, films, documentaries, and concerts. Stay in the know with online newspapers, magazines; acquire a new skill or broaden your knowledge with a variety of learning tools and platforms. Learn a new language with Mango and Pronunciator, and discover many other options for adults including fun resources such as CreativeBug, AtoZ World Foods, BrainHQ and so more.

Don’t have a Library card? Temporary virtual cards allow access to most digital products; see the “Library Services” tab atwww.ebrpl.com for more information.

Telephone reference and assistance with renewals and holds will be offered at each location, through 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and through 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit https://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/LocationsandHours.html for telephone numbers and hours.

Library staff are prepared to give assistance via telephone or email to eref@ebrpl.com, on the operation of mobile devices and downloading of content such as e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and streaming media. The Library website also contains many Infoguides that describe how to access downloadable media on a variety of mobile devices.

Library cards may also be used to check out books, magazines, audiobooks, BluRays and DVDs, CDs, WonderBooks, Playaways, Playaway Views, Playaway LaunchPads, and Arduino Kits. Library due dates and renewals have been adjusted to allow patrons longer loan periods.

Drive-through Pickup/Drop Off windows are available at the Main Library on Goodwood located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd., and the Fairwood Branch located at 12910 Old Hammond Hwy., with these hours:

Main Library at Goodwood

  • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday
  • 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Fairwood Branch

  • 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday
  • 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Announcements related to establishing temporary curbside service at the remaining 12 locations will be made on the Library’s website. Library administration will periodically reassess closures in accordance with governmental and healthcare guidelines.

All Library programs and events have been canceled. Tools and resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Infoguide athttp://ebrpl.libguides.com/coronavirus. To learn more about the Library and any of its free programs, events and resources, call (225) 231-3750, or visit us online at www.ebrpl.com.

“This was an extremely difficult decision. We realize many people rely heavily on the Library and its services. We will be continually reassessing the public health situation as it evolves over the next several weeks. We will still deliver services by phone, remotely, and via the drive-through/pickup windows, and plan to develop new approaches to help our community during this difficult time,” said library director Spencer Watts.

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