Coronavirus (COVID-19) | All Library Locations Closed

Updated: 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Richland Library is committed to welcoming and serving the community while also offering a safe environment for both customers and staff. 

Based on the growing numbers of reported cases, involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), in South Carolina and across the country, all 13 Richland Library locations will be closed temporarily starting Monday, March 16. 

For customers who have borrowed library materials in your possession, we are extending loan periods during this time, so you do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation. 

For customers with limited access to high-speed internet or broadband services, our WiFi will remain on and does extend to areas outside of 12 of our 13 library locations with the exception of Richland Library Sandhills.

Additionally, our digital resources are always available to download to your e-Ready device. With the touch of a button, you can have both entertainment and educational opportunities at your fingertips like:

We will be sure to keep customers and staff informed of any updates. Please continue to check RichlandLibrary.com for the latest library news; trusted resources and coronavirus information; and digital entertainment and educational recommendations.

Please remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation.


Updated: 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020

Richland Library is committed to welcoming and serving the community while also offering a safe workplace. We are aware of the growing numbers of reported cases, involving the Coronavirus, across the country, and we do not take this health threat lightly. 

Beginning Monday, March 16, all in-person library services other than materials pick-up will be suspended at all 13 library locations. 

While all library locations will be open normal operating hours, there will be no prolonged use of the library including computer use, meeting room use, program attendance or extended browsing. 

Customers are encouraged to:

  • expedite browsing
  • use self-checkout 
  • take advantage of our holds pick-up windows at Ballentine, Northeast, St. Andrews and Sandhills when applicable

For customers who have borrowed library materials in your possession, we are extending loan periods during this time, so you do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation. 

Additionally, the Garden Level entrance and Café at Richland Library Main will be closed to customers, and all library outreach services have been suspended to help protect vulnerable populations. 

We will be sure to keep customers and staff informed of any updates. Find trusted resources and Coronavirus information, here

Please remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation.

 


Updated: 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020

Richland Library is committed to welcoming and serving the community while also offering a safe workplace. We are aware of the growing numbers of reported cases, involving the coronavirus, across the country, and we do not take this health threat lightly. 

At this time, all 13 Richland Library locations are open and operating normal hours. 

As we continue to monitor information from the CDC, SCDHEC, SC Governor’s Office and Richland County regarding COVID-19, here’s how we’re adjusting our regular practices and services in response: 

  • We're cleaning and sanitizing all libraries as much as possible.
  • We're also making hand gel sanitizers available for library users.
  • As an added level of precaution, Richland Library is removing all toys, Legos and kits from the children’s area of all libraries.
  • We're modifying outreach services to limit activities on our Learn Freely Bus. 
  • We're modifying by request our Books to You homebound services, which take place at adult group homes as well as in individual homes.
  • We are beginning the process of postponing/canceling larger library events on a case-by-case basis. Our website will note events that are postponed or canceled.

We will be sure to keep customers and staff informed of any updates. Find trusted resources and coronavirus information, here

Please remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation.