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 this 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. The current direction from the County Administrative Office, based on recommendations from the Fresno County Department of Public Health, is that the Library close to the public to implement social distancing and help minimize risk of transmitting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.

All Fresno County Public Library branches will be closed beginning March 18, 2020 and continuing through April 14, 2020. Closure dates are subject to change.

Our current plan is to:

  1. Prioritize the safety and health of our staff and patrons
  2. Plan ahead for changing circumstances
  3. Implement ways to serve the community remotely during the closure

During the Library closure:

  • No fines or late fees will be assessed on any library materials
  • All due dates will be automatically extended through April 20, 2020
  • We ask that patrons not return any materials to the Library's branches or bookdrops, which may be locked; Instead, simply hold on to any library materials until the Library opens for business
  • All holds will be suspended and will resume when the Library reopens
  • The library's WiFi (wireless internet) is currently available and accessible outside of our library branches. Please practice responsible social distancing when connecting to the network near our buildings.
  • All programs, classes, and events are cancelled. This includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.
  • Library eServices staff will be updating the website and ensuring online services and databases remain seamless.
The Library's abundant eResources, including research databases, digital magazines and newspapers like The Fresno Bee, OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, Kanopy streaming videos, and Freegal streaming music will continue to be available 24/7 with your library card from the Library's website.

The Library will be answering the following library phone lines in order to 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:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Woodward Regional Library: (559) 600-3135
  • Betty Rodriguez Regional Library: (559) 600-9245
  • Clovis Regional Library: (559) 600-9531
  • Fig Garden Regional Library: (559) 600-4071
  • Sunnyside Regional Library: (559) 600-6594
  • For assistance with cards and more complicated reference questions, please call the Central Library at 600-READ (7323) READ Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.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 Enlish, 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.
  • Practice social distancing
  • 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: Currently all library branches are closed. All programs, classes, events have been cancelled, including the use of community meeting rooms. We are now offering a plan of service 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.

Library Materials Cleaning: Collection materials will be cleaned before re-opening to the public, but there is no way for the Library to ensure that all materials and surfaces are continually disinfected as people touch them through the day. 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.

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.