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Toledo Library to close locations beginning March 15 for coronavirus prevention

Library to Close Locations for
Coronavirus Prevention

In evaluating information that indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, Library leadership is making the difficult decision to close all locations and Mobile Services to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15 - with the last day of service to the public on Saturday, March 14. We will continually reassess to determine the length of this closure.

The facts that support the decision:

  • The scientific community is in agreement that flattening the curve of new cases is essential to containing the virus’s spread
  • The exponential growth in cases in areas without aggressive containment is a sobering lesson in taking early action
  • It is consistent with the governor’s call for all K-12 schools to begin a three-week Spring Break on Monday

Our concern is that closings are inevitable, but the longer we delay closing, the less benefit we get from this difficult decision. We are also hopeful that this decision will give other organizations the confidence to close in order to maximize the benefits of social distancing.

During this situation, the Library’s online services are also available for cardholders, including our vast collection of digital materials such as eBooks, eMagazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows, as well as research tools for online learning.

Additionally, voting on Election Day at Heatherdowns, Kent, Locke, Mott, Oregon, Point Place, Reynolds Corners, Sanger, Washington and Waterville will continue as these are not mass gatherings.

The Library's leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. Follow the Library on social media (FacebookTwitter) and check the website for the latest updates.

Jason Kucsma
Executive Director, Toledo Lucas County Public Library