Hours and Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 Department of Public Health.

FCPL is offering walk-in services at all branches and 24/7 services through our website. Please call your local branch for available curbside service accommodations and procedures if that option is best for you. Please continue reading to learn more about the service options available to you at this time and important information to know before visiting any FCPL branches. Check our Hours of Service page here to see what days and times your local branch is open.

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 Fresno County communities healthy.

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

Safety Requirements when using any FCPL In-person Services

When using Library services:

  • Masks are strongly recommended for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please be respectful of others and keep a minimum distance of six-feet from those not in your party whenever possible.
  • Follow instructions given by Library staff and any Security personnel.

Review the COVID-19 screening questions at the door before entering the Library. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of any illness.

If you can answer "Yes" to any of the following questions, please do not enter the Library:

  • Have you been in close contact (longer than 15 minutes and within 6 feet) with a person who is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case?
  • Are you currently waiting for results from a COVID-19 test?
  • Are you experiencing new or worsening symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nose congestion, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had a fever (100.4), a sense of having a fever, or chills in the last 48 hours?

Options for Library Services

Check our Hours of Service page for days and times your local branch is open. Please call for additional instructions and information.

Curbside Services

Please call your local branch for available service accommodations.

Walk-in Express Services

Available at all locations during open hours
  • Computer Access - (Reserve here.)
  • Browsing
  • Reference
  • Photocopies
  • WiFi (available 24/7)

More Information about Library Services

  1. For general questions and help with Library cards by phone, please call the Central Library at (559) 600-READ (7323) or submit a question on our website, from the Contact Us page.
  2. Patrons may return materials to any Library bookdrop 24/7.
  3. FCPL 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 or those who are unvaccinated).
  4. The library's WiFi (wireless internet) is currently available and accessible 24/7 (normally available only during open hours) outside of our library branches.
  5. The Library is now offering in-person programs. A variety of virtual programs will continue to be added to our website and social media.
  6. Library eServices staff continue to update the website, ensuring that access to online services and databases remains seamless.
  7. The Library continues to offer opportunities to obtain a new library card without leaving home.
  8. The Library continues to answer phone lines, in order to answer questions about hours and on-site branch services, troubleshoot issues with existing library accounts, and offer assistance in accessing online resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, research databases and streaming content.
  9. We 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.

Information about COVID-19

To stay informed about COVID-19 cases, testing, and vaccinations 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. The Fresno County COVID-19 Data Dashboard shows the most current numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccinations are available here. To find out if you are eligible to make an appointment to get vaccinated, visit vaccinateall58.com and click on "Check your eligibility" or go directly to myturn.ca.gov.

This health crisis will require everyone to play a role during this challenging time, even as we see promising signs of recovery and a return to business as usual. To best protect your health and those around you, the FCDPH recommends following these simple practices:

  • Use a cloth face covering or mask that covers your mouth and nose, when outside the home
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and common use areas
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and 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.

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