Dear Patrons,

The safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to Fresno County Public Library (FCPL). We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, and the Fresno County Public Health Department.

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 the Fresno County Public Library will offer limited services at most branches, including the ability to place holds by phone, checkout and return materials, and obtain printouts using mobile printing options available from library users' own devices.

Exact details for the delivery of services will vary from branch to branch depending on factors such as the design of the building and accessibility of parking, as well as the availability of staff. At this time, only library staff may enter the buildings. For information about services at your local library branch, please call the branch during our new hours of operation, which are posted on the library's website and at each branch.

As always, FCPL's online services and eResources remain unchanged and available from our website 24/7, including research databases, digital magazines and newspapers like The Fresno Bee, OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, Kanopy streaming videos, and Freegal streaming music. FCPL continues to offer opportunities to obtain a new library card without leaving your home.

A few reminders about our services during this time:

  • No fines or late fees will be assessed on items that library users may have had checked out during the library's closure. Please return these items as you are able to.
  • Due dates on any items which were checked out will be extended through June 30, 2020 to give ample time to return items to a local branch.
  • Patrons may return materials to Library bookdrops 24/7.
  • Any items that borrowers had on hold before the library's closure will become active again with notifications going out as materials arrive at branches for pick-up.
  • The library's WiFi (wireless internet) is currently available and accessible 24/7 (normally available only during open hours) outside of our library branches. When connecting to the network near our buildings, please practice responsible social distancing and wear face coverings when possible out of an abundance of caution for everyone.
  • All in-person programs, classes, and events are cancelled. This includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.
  • A variety of virtual programs have been added to our website and social media, and an online Summer at your Library program is currently being planned to include online programs, Take & Make activities and crafts and Grab & Go lunches for youth ages 1-18 at certain library locations.
  • Library eServices staff continue to update the website and ensure online services and databases remain seamless.

The Library will continue to answer the phone lines in order to answer questions about hours and on-site branch services, create new library cards, troubleshoot issues with existing library accounts, and offer assistance in accessing online resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, research databases and streaming content.

  • Please call your local library branch during open hours.
  • For assistance with cards and more complicated reference questions, please call the Central Library at 600-READ (7323) or submit a question on our website from the Contact Us page.
  • Para servicios en Español: (559) 301-6097

What can you do?

To stay informed about the most current COVID-19 situation in Fresno County, with resources available in English, Spanish, Punjabi, Hmong, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Khmer, and Tagalog, please visit the Fresno County Department of Public Health webpage. This health crisis will require everyone to play a role during this challenging time.

To best protect your health and those around you, the FCDPH recommends following these simple practices:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. Please do not visit the library if you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing and wear face coverings when possible in public places like your library.
  • Stay home as much as possible to prevent catching or passing on the infection.

Please see the following links for additional information about COVID-19 and the best ways to protect not only your own health, but the health of your family and community:

What is Fresno County Public Library doing?

Library Services: Most library branches have resumed limited services with reduced hours. These services include on-site checkout and return of materials and mobile printing options from library users' own devices. All in-person programs, classes, events have been cancelled, including the use of community meeting rooms. We are now offering virtual programs on our website and variety of ways to assist customers remotely by phone, email, and through social media. Please continue to check the library's website for updates.

Library Cleaning: Prior to reopening to the public, the Library will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting at all library branches. At this time, only Library staff will access to the inside of the buildings.

Library Materials Cleaning: Library materials returned to the library will be "quarantined" in bags for a minimum of three days to allow any virus that might be on the materials to become inactive before the materials are available to borrow. The library cannot guarantee that library materials (or any library surfaces) will be 100% disinfected or germ-free at any given time. Only you can determine what is "safe" for yourself and your family. You will need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the Library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family, especially if you are in a high-risk population such as older adults or people with chronic medical conditions.

Next Steps: We are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying up-to-date on info from local, state, and federal health agencies and will continue to expand or limit services at the direction of the County Administrative Officer and with guidance from the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

We will continue to communicate any further impacts to FCPL and will post updates on the Library's website.

Thank you for working with us to keep FCPL and the Fresno County Community a healthy environment.

Raman Bath
County Librarian
Fresno County Public Library
Thanks. Stay safe, stay healthy.