COVID-19


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.

The Fresno County Public Library is offering 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.

Delivery of services varies 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 hours of operation, 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.

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.

What is Fresno County Public Library doing?

  1. Most library branches have resumed limited services during reduced hours. These services include on-site checkout and return of materials and mobile printing options from library users' own devices.
  2. Patrons may return materials to Library bookdrops 24/7.
  3. Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours. Borrowers will not be charged fees for this quarantine period. Please note: Incoming items are quarantined to allow any virus that might be on the materials to become inactive before the materials are circulated to a new borrower. However, even with this precaution, 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).
  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. 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.
  5. All in-person programs, classes, and events are cancelled. This includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.
  6. A variety of virtual programs are continually being added to our website and social media. Virtual and "Take & Make" activities and crafts will continue during the fall.
  7. Library eServices staff continue to update the website and ensure online services and databases remain seamless.
  8. 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.
  9. Please call your local library branch during open hours with any questions you may have about holds or curbside services.
  10. For assistance with library 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.
  11. Para servicios en Español: (559) 301-6097
  12. At this time, only Library Staff are permitted to enter Library buildings.
  13. Prior to reopening to the public, all FCPL branches will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  14. 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.

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.

When using our curbside services, please:

  • Stay home if you're experiencing symptoms of any illness.
  • Maintain the CDC-recommended social distance of six feet from Staff and other customers while waiting.
  • Keep your visit as brief as possible.
  • Follow instructions given by Library and any security staff.
We also encourage you to, if possible, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Per major health authorities, it is possible to have COVID-19 without exhibiting any symptoms, and a growing body of evidence suggests cloth face coverings can help prevent people wearing them from spreading COVID-19 to others.

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: