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Library Updates During COVID-19 Crisis
This page will be updated frequently with local and library-related information.
To translate the information on this page, please click on the "Translate" button on the far right at the top of this page.
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For ongoing updates from the City, as well as county, state, and national resources, please visit the City's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information webpage. Information is available in English and in Spanish.
Para actualizaciones de la Ciudad de Longmont, y para recursos del condado, estado y nacionales, por favor visite la página Web de Información de Coronavirus 2019 de la Ciudad.
Use these links to jump down this page and see the information you're interested in:
- General Library Updates
- Answers to Your Questions
- Things to Do While the Library is Closed
- How You Can Help Our Community
- Sign Up for the Library eNewsletter
- Postponed Library Programs
- Staying at home is turning out to be quite the challenge isn't it? We have two new webpages to help you stay occupied and positive -- one for children, teens, and families (Mom, I'm Bored!) and one just for adults (Boredom Busters). They're chockful of ideas, so click away!
- Trying to understand what all the orders around COVID-19 mean? This can help.
- In light of continuing concerns around transmission of the novel coronavirus, the City has announced that the Library will be closed through April 19, 2020. Fines will be suspended during this time. All current holds will be honored until 8 days after the Library reopens, and all materials currently checked out will be due three weeks from the date the Library reopens.
- All library programs scheduled through May 10, 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. Please watch our calendar and programs pages for updates.
- BIG NEWS! Through June 30, 2020, you can get an Instant Digital Library Card that will allow you to access most of our digital eBooks and eAudiobooks even if you don't have a physical library card yet. Get all the details here.
- The Boulder County District Attorney's Office is spreading the word about some criminals who are taking advantage of people's anxiety and fear related to COVID-19. See the informational flyer in English or Spanish.
- Right now connectivity is more important than ever. Longmont's municipal broadband/internet provider is here to help those who can't afford internet service. See the announcement on their webpage.
- Our local businesses and restaurants need our support. Take a look at the Longmont Chambers' "Take Out Takeover" page for a list of local restaurants that are still serving. To see which businesses are open and need your support, check out the Longmont Downtown Development Authority's List of Open and Active Businesses.
- Wondering how to access City services during facility closures due to COVID-19? It's easy. Just click here.
- Wondering how to get in touch with us? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or email us.
- Discovery Passes have been discontinued until further notice.
- The Civic Center is closed, so donations to the "Say Yes to the Red Carpet Dress" event for teens have been halted for now. We'll keep you updated on that and all our other April programs.
- The Library will be closed through Sunday, March 29. In the interest of keeping residents and staff safe and healthy during the current public health crisis, the City of Longmont has closed many City facilities, including the Library, through Sunday, March 29.
- All Library programs scheduled through March 29 have been cancelled, with the exceptions noted below.
- Library staff are still working at this time, cleaning and sanitizing rooms and materials, working on projects that they don't often have time to work on, and preparing new programs and ideas for when we reopen. A few staff are teleworking, and some high-risk staff are self-isolating, but most are in the building, as busy as ever.
Are there any library resources I can use while the Library is closed?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books and eAudiobooks, online language learning, online book groups, online subject learning, plus all kinds of eMagazines and the online version of the New York Times. See more information about our online resources below.
What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials have been extended to 3 weeks after the day that the Library reopens. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.
Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
Both outdoor book drops will be closed during this time period.
What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?
Holds that are listed as ready for pick-up will be held for you on the hold shelves until 8 days after the Library reopens. Please disregard the "pick-up by" date listed in your account.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
If your account comes up for renewal, our policy is to confirm the information in your account and then renew your card through 2032.
I have a question about my account. Is there anyone that can help me?
If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources please reach out to Ask a Librarian.
How can I find out the latest news about the Library reopening or additional closures or cancellations?
Watch here for additional announcements, or follow us on Facebook at Longmont Public Library and on Twitter at LongmontLibrary.
Didn't find the answer to your question here?
Email us at Ask a Librarian.
Visit our Boredom Busters webpage with lots of ideas for kids, teens, adults, and families!
Also, don't forget to complete your U.S. Census online.
Online passcodes have been mailed to local residents. Completing the Census is important because it determines how many Representatives our area will receive in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as our share of Federal funding dollars. It's safe, private, and important!
Longmont residents have always come together in time of need. We have weathered major flooding, record-breaking snow, previous flu outbreaks and many other surprises.
As we all spend more time in our homes, please keep in mind those less fortunate who might need community support, and consider giving to local non-profits. The City of Longmont has created a webpage to help connect those who want to help with those who need it. Check back regularly for more information and resources to donate to.
Subscribe to our eNewsletter and you'll be among the first to hear any Library news during this time.
Most Library programs scheduled during the Library closure have been cancelled, but a few have been postponed instead, and we plan on rescheduling them when the Library reopens.
- After announcing an initial cancellation of the program, Library staff received feedback from patrons that they would really miss having the PEEPS program this year. Staff convened and realized that PEEP dioramas - those fun, little, patron-created vignettes depicting favorite literary scenes using marshmallow PEEPS as the figures - would be the perfect crafting project for people staying at home to avoid coronavirus spread. Plus, everyone needs a little something to look forward to in this uncertain time, and the PEEPS program always delivers plenty of smiles.
- So, if you're practicing social distancing but can get your hands on the items necessary to make a diorama, have at it! Trust us when we say that PEEPS last forever, so you can make yours now and participate whenever the program is held. Watch the Library website for announcements of how the program will proceed after our public health crisis is over. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay six feet away from each other. We hope to see all of you - and your PEEPS dioramas - at the Library soon.
- Complete contest rules and entry forms can be found here.
Meet Suffragette Lucy Stone - POSTPONED
- This program (originally scheduled for March 24) has been postponed. Watch here for further updates.
- Join Lyda Mary Hardy for this first-person living history portrayal of Lucy Stone.
- It was Lucy Stone who converted Susan B. Anthony to the cause of women’s suffrage. Stone was the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree, and soon after, she began to lecture for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, at a time when it was forbidden for women to speak in public. Admitting that, “I was a woman before I was an abolitionist, I must speak for the women,” Stone spent her life devoted to women’s issues.
- For ages 16+.