COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
03/17/2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOSSIER PARISH LIBRARIES BRANCHES TO CLOSE MARCH 18 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
As questions and concerns continue to rise about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the library's Board of Control voted to close all Bossier Parish Libraries locations. The closure will be effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.
"In our hearts, we want to remain open for our community's needs," stated Heather McEntee, Director of Libraries for Bossier Parish Libraries, "but we can't risk the health of our community and staff." The Executive Board for the American Library Association stated in a March 17 press release that, "Keeping libraries open at this time has the potential to harm communities more than help."
During this closure, patrons are encouraged to utilize the library's online resources. With a library card and internet access users can download eBooks, listen to audiobooks, stream movies, read the latest magazines, learn a new language, brush up on photography skills, work on craft projects, and much more; online tutorials are available for instruction on how to use these resources. Additionally, during this time, Bossier Parish Libraries will offer online card renewals and the option to receive an e-card to access these online resources.
"Based on the recommendations of the American Library Association, as well as local, state, and national health officials, we have decided to close to the public so that we can do our part to minimize the impact of this virus in our local community," added McEntee. "We have enacted emergency protocols and library staff will be on paid emergency leave as they are home with their families during this global crisis."
The administration of Bossier Parish Libraries will closely monitor the news regarding COVID-19 and make a determination regarding reopening as the situation continues to develop.
Library Services Available to You
- Effective March 18, all library locations will be closed until further notice.
- We do not charge overdue fines so please don't risk your health simply to meet due date deadlines; you won't be charged for items being overdue.
- Of course we have tons of online resources available to you that you can enjoy free from the comfort of you own home. With your library card and internet access you can download eBooks, listen to audiobooks, stream movies, and more movies, read the latest magazines, learn a new language, listen to music, brush up on your photography skills, work on craft projects, learn handlettering, and much more free and from the comfort of your own home! We even have online tutorials to teach you how to use these online resources!
- We know that kids are facing a month off from school and many parents are concerned about loss of what they are learning in school. We offer many educational resources to help including many available via OverDrive.
e-Cards & Library Card Renewals
If you need to renew your library card or don't know your PIN submit a library card renewal request.
If you do not have a library card but would like to access our online resources, you can apply for an e-card. (Applicants must live, work, go to school, or own property in Bossier Parish and be school-aged or older.)
Doing Your Part
The CDC provides these tips for how you can help to prevent the spread of illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Information & Resources
As questions and concerns continue to rise regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, a lot of misinformation is making its way around.
"...fighting misinformation with accurate information is a library's purpose." (Lisa G. Rosenblum, Director of King County Library System)
Our librarians have put together this list of factual information and resources to help alleviate your questions and concerns.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also put together a COVID-19 resources page where they post daily updates. WHO also addresses some of the most common myths surrounding the coronavirus and corrects those myths with facts.
The Louisiana Department of Health takes a look at the COVID-19 outlook for the state of Louisiana and the Louisiana Office of the Governor posts regular updates from Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards.
The State Library of Louisiana also has put together a Louisiana Public Library Emergency Status Blog to keep you up to date on the status of your library within Louisiana.