Update March 27, 2020
We at The Indianapolis Public Library hope you are safe, healthy, and observing recommended social distancing in support of our community. The information below is an update on how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. We are extending our closure indefinitely, until further notice.
We hope that life can get back to normal soon, but rather than setting a date and then extending it again, at this time it seems best to plan to remain closed until local and state health officials deem it appropriate to reopen public gathering places. We hope that our next all-patron email contains good news, and will share updates as they come.
2. Online resources and materials at indypl.org are widely available.
Many of our vendors and partners have made e-materials more accessible, and we have moved funds from our print materials budget into our e-materials budget to help meet the needs of our patrons while our doors are closed. Additionally, we are working with schools and through our website to support e-learning initiatives for students, parents, and teachers.
3. All in-person Library events are all postponed or canceled, through early May.
Unfortunately this includes several important and exciting events including our McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Kadir Nelson; the grand opening of our new Martindale-Brightwood Branch; groundbreaking for the construction of our new West Perry Branch; upcoming author talks with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Urist Green; Library Foundation Indy Library Store book sale; multiple Census help days; and all of our in-branch activities such as workshops and storytimes.
We know that our patrons, staff, and volunteers care deeply for our free public activities, and we are very disappointed to cancel them without a clear idea of when we might be able to reschedule. We are actively working to adjust our summer reading program so that it can continue despite the challenges of all this uncertainty.
4. Due dates for checked-out physical materials will continue to be extended until we reopen.
Please keep the Library items that you have checked out, and plan to return them after we reopen. Do not worry about accruing any late fees during this time - we will be exceptionally forgiving during this difficult time.
5. You can contact us if you have questions.
On one hand, these decisions have been difficult to make because we are so committed to providing open access to our community. On the other hand, the decision is made easy because it is clear that this is ultimately in the best interest of public well-being.
Please keep yourself and others safe, continue to monitor your health, check for updates at the Indiana State Department of Health website, and consider our online materials mentioned above to help fill the time. We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen.
Jackie Nytes, CEO
The Indianapolis Public Library
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is making updates to their website as new information becomes available. You can sign up to receive updates by email.
If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 please contact the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at:
For more information:
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, including fighting diseases and supporting communities and citizens to do the same.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies, especially in vulnerable communities.
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