Library Closed In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Carthage Public Library is closing beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. This includes all programs and outreach services.

The decision was difficult to make. We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel that this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision and similar action being taken by other organizations will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and check our website for updates.

The Library will be open on until 12:00pm on March 18, 2020, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked NOT to return materials as the outside book drop will be locked. There will be no penalty, fines, or overdues during the time we are closed.

Patrons can still have access to the Library’s digital resources, which include e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, etc.  Library administration will be sharing on-line story times and resources through our Facebook page. WiFi coverage has been extended from 6am to 9pm seven days a week and can be accessed from outside the building. We will also be adjusting the network to improve coverage in the parking lot very soon.

Please know that the Library will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe for the public to use our facilities.