Posted June 29, 2020
Bull Street Library will be temporarily closed effective Monday, June 29, 2020 in accordance with Live Oak Public Libraries' internal guidelines and safety protocols.
We learned that a staff member at Bull Street Library tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend.
Bull Street Library will undergo professional deep cleaning and disinfection. Staff who were in close proximity will self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days. Bull Street Library is expected to reopen to the public with limited services the week of July 6, 2020, with the help of staff from other library locations.
These steps are taken as a precaution and based on internal processes set in place to help minimize spread of disease. The health and well-being of customers, staff, and the wider community remain priorities for the library system.
Most Live Oak Public Libraries have been open to the public with limited services and safety measures since June 15, 2020. Protective practices are in place to reduce contact yet still provide access to resources.
Other library locations are scheduled to be open with their current operating hours.
Posted June 15, 2020
Live Oak Public Libraries will open with limited services and safety protocols starting Monday, June 15, 2020.
Posted May 26, 2020
Live Oak Public Libraries is now accepting returns of checked-out materials at specific locations starting May 26, 2020.
Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, all library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. Bookdrops are closed as well.
Express Drop-off service will be available by appointment, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, at the following locations:
These locations are also offering Express Holds Pickup by appointment during the same operating hours. The Pickup / Drop-off process is easy and involves little or no in-person contact.
To schedule an appointment, customers may contact their library by phone or online at liveoakpl.org/appointments. When you arrive for pickup/drop-off, please follow all instructions and safety guidelines in order to protect yourself and others.
Returned items will be quarantined before they are checked in, so it will take several days before customers see the materials removed from their library account.
While library buildings are closed, please remember due dates are extended, overdue fees are waived, and library cards are renewed. And Live Oak Public Libraries is open online. Visit liveoakpl.org and follow @liveoakpl on social media for information, resources, virtual programs, and more.
The health and safety of our customers, staff, and community is our top priority. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we carefully work toward a phased reopening.
Posted May 11, 2020
Live Oak Public Libraries will begin offering Express Holds Pickup service by appointment only at specific locations starting the week of May 11, 2020.
Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, all library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice.
In order to protect the well-being of library customers and staff, Express Holds Pickup will be available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, at the following locations:
Customers will be notified by their library that materials are available for pick up. After receiving a notification, the pickup process is easy and involves little or no in-person contact with others.
Customers at libraries not currently offering Express Holds Pickup service may arrange to pick up their materials at another library location.
Until library buildings reopen, please remember:
Live Oak Public Libraries continues to develop plans for a phased opening that balances service with safety. We will share updates on our website liveoakpl.org, Facebook @liveoakpl, and Twitter @liveoakpl.
Thank you to the community for your strength and support throughout this trying time.
Posted April 24, 2020
While some business restrictions may be changing, medical guidance is consistent, and Live Oak Public Libraries’ commitment to the well-being of our communities, customers, and staff is the same.
Live Oak Public Libraries remain closed in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. We are open online and continue to provide virtual services while our buildings are closed.
As we move forward, we are planning a phased opening that will allow for expansion of services while maintaining necessary safety protocols. We want to gradually and thoughtfully increase access without increasing risk.
These are uncertain times, but we know that libraries will play an important part in the recovery that follows this crisis. Live Oak Public Libraries is working hard right now to better position ourselves to serve the needs of our communities in the future.
We appreciate your understanding and support in this process. Throughout these past several weeks, you have shared your ideas, concerns, and words of encouragement. Thank you. We are getting through this together.
Posted April 10, 2020
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lives across the world. We all must do our part to help slow the spread of this disease. In order to protect the safety and health of our staff, patrons, and the communities we serve, Live Oak Public Libraries will remain closed until further notice.
Throughout this time, the library system continues to support customers remotely. Library cards that were due to expire have been extended and due dates for books have also been extended. Overdue fines are waived during the closure period. Please wait to return your materials until the library reopens.
Wherever you are, you can access virtual library services. Electronic resources are easy to access from any device and are available 24/7. Just go to liveoakpl.org/elibrary to find e-books, audiobooks, databases, videos, and more. The eLibrary has something for everyone for education, entertainment, and enrichment. You can learn a new language, build professional development skills, and find homework help.
For those who would like use e-resources but do not have a library card, you can apply for a free library account that gives you digital access to online resources. There are also many e-resources available for free even without a library card.
The library has expanded virtual programming for all ages. Engage in Storytimes and crafts on Facebook Live. Join the Books & Banter online book group to discuss what you are reading and get new ideas. Check out curated lists of reading recommendations for adults, teens, and kids. Explore new titles or rediscover comforting classics via e-book and e-audiobook formats.
The community can refer to Ready Resources for connections to help navigate this challenging time. Find links to local governments and schools, health and social services, learning tools, business resources, and additional virtual programming.
The library system is proud to support our neighbors and we look forward to opening our doors again as soon as possible. We are grateful for all those taking action to flatten the curve and we know we will get through this together.
As this situation is constantly developing, we will communicate any updates to our plans. If you have questions, you can contact us by email. Visit our website liveoakpl.org, Facebook @liveoakpl, and Twitter @liveoakpl for information and updates.
Updated April 1, 2020; Posted March 30, 2020
As public health concerns related to COVID-19 continue to advance, Live Oak Public Libraries will remain closed until April 27, 2020.
Although our buildings are not open, the community can still get support and expanded services through virtual library resources.
Live Oak Public Libraries is in contact with community partners as we monitor ongoing developments. Essential library staff are working to ensure continuity of operations. We will communicate any changes in our plans as we continue to evaluate decisions.
In this uncertain time, our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this crisis. Live Oak Public Libraries remains dedicated to the communities we serve. We appreciate the individuals, organizations, and institutions that are working hard to overcome this challenge.
Posted March 17, 2020
The public health situation surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly developing. Live Oak Public Libraries is taking further precautions to help limit the spread of the disease and to ensure the safety of customers and staff during this pandemic.
During this time, the Library will provide the following support:
The library system remains a strong community partner. This decision was made after careful consideration for the health and safety of library customers and staff as well as the wider community.
We are thankful that there are no confirmed cases in our region at this time, but we recognize how much this crisis is impacting lives. Our thoughts go out to all those who are affected.
LOPL will continue coordinating with community leadership as we monitor ongoing public health conditions. We will re-evaluate closer to April 1 to determine if the closure needs to be extended. Please follow our website liveoakpl.org, Facebook @liveoakpl, and Twitter @liveoakpl for updates.
Updated March 16, 2020; Posted March 14, 2020
Live Oak Public Libraries continues to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. We are following the guidance and recommendations of public health officials, including encouraging best practices for hygiene, social distancing, and cleaning in our facilities.
The safety of our staff and customers remains our highest priority. We also have a responsibility as a community partner, so we are implementing additional preventative measures to ensure the health of everyone in our libraries.
At this time, libraries remain open to the public regular hours; however, based on the latest information available and in an effort to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the following changes in library services are effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 through Monday, March 30, 2020:
We are watching developments and will continue to provide updates as we revisit decisions before March 30 or as needed. Please follow our website liveoakpl.org, Facebook @liveoakpl, and Twitter @liveoakpl for additional information.
As always, the Library’s digital resources are accessible for free online. E-books, audiobooks, movies, and more are available from any device at liveoakpl.org/elibrary.
Posted March 12, 2020
Live Oak Public Libraries is monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation is developing, we will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of public health officials.
The safety and health of library visitors and staff is our highest priority. Libraries are regularly cleaning surfaces and equipment, we are encouraging best practices for hygiene, including handwashing, and we have hand sanitizer available for patrons and staff.
At this time, libraries remain open to the public with regular hours and our programs are continuing as scheduled. We will continue to pay attention to community updates and keep you informed of any changes in library operations.
We also want to remind you that the library’s digital resources are always available online. E-books, audiobooks, movies, and more are accessible from any device through our website at liveoakpl.org.