In support of actions to contain the COVID-19 virus, The Indianapolis Public Library has announced that all locations as well as bookmobile services will suspend services after 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 until further notice. All public programs and special events at the Library are also suspended.
The InfoZone, the Library’s branch within The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
The decision by the Library’s Board of Trustees and Library leadership was made in conjunction with similar decisions by Marion County schools and other institutions to help prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of Library patrons, staff and volunteers.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” said Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes. “We are closing to protect the health of our city, staff and patrons for whom we care deeply. Closing sooner will offer greater benefit to the social distancing effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronaviris.”
During the period of closure, individuals can still visit the Library online at www.indypl.org to explore its vast collection of electronic resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies and music, and a host of research tools, all free with the use of a Library card.
In addition, any overdue items during this time will have extended due dates until the Library reopens. Any items placed on hold will remain for patrons to pick up upon reopening. Also, reference service, staffed by Library specialists, is available at 317-275-4184 during most regular Library hours.
Patrons are encouraged to visit the Library’s online blog and social media channels for updates on the closure and tips on using online resources.