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Libraries Reopen

Libraries Open with Limited Services

Live Oak Public Libraries will open with limited services starting Monday, June 15, 2020.
 
Due to public health concerns, Bull Street Library will be closed Monday, June 29 and reopen the week of July 6, 2020.

 

Limited Opening

All library locations will be open to the public, with the exception of Forest City Library, Port City Library, Tybee Library, W.W. Law Library, and West Broad Library, all of which are undergoing renovations. 
 
Library hours are:
- Monday, 10 AM – 7 PM
- Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM
- Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM 

 

Express Services

At this time, available library services include:
  • Pick up / drop off materials: Customers may check out and return materials using self-checks and bookdrops. Front-door express pickup service is still available by appointment. Call your library location for assistance.
  • Public computers and internet: Customers may use a limited number of public computers for up to one hour per person per day. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wireless internet is also available both inside and outside of library buildings.
  • Print, copy, fax: Services are available by request. Fees apply.

 

Safety as Priority

The safety of customers and staff is our highest priority. As we increase access to the community, adjustments to library operations are necessary due to concerns for public health. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation with the following:
  • There will be a limited number of people allowed in buildings at a time.
  • Signage will remind customers about symptoms, social distancing, and proper hygiene.
  • Services will involve little or no person-to-person contact at this time. Plexiglass shields are installed at service desks.
We request that library visitors follow these guidelines, in order to protect themselves and others:
  • Wear a face covering. 
  • Limit visits to 1 hour per person per day.
  • Maintain a minimum 6 feet in physical distancing.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Library staff are also expected to comply with safety requirements:
  • Pass screening before entering buildings.
  • Wear personal protective gear, including masks, gloves, and aprons as appropriate.
  • Respect social distancing and hygiene measures. 
  • Follow protocols for regular cleaning of surfaces and equipment.
  • Quarantine materials for 72 hours before check-in.
Meeting room use, group gatherings, in-person programs, outreach services, and book donations are still suspended.

 

Library Accounts

While libraries are providing limited services, we are offering greater flexibility with user accounts:
  • Overdue fees are waived and due dates are extended.
  • Library cards are renewed until September 30, 2020.
  • Digital-only accounts and new library cards are available.
Please be reminded that the quarantine of returned materials will result in a delay of items being removed from your account. You will not be fined for additional days that returned items are quarantined.

 

Virtual Programs

Live Oak Public Libraries provides virtual programs and services that all ages can enjoy at home. We invite you to visit our website and social media for the latest updates on activities this summer.

 

Commitment to Community

Live Oak Public Libraries remains committed to the community, especially as we face these difficult days together. We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this phased process. Thank you for looking to the future and going on the journey with us.
 
We are excited to welcome you back to the library.

Express Holds Pickup

In order to protect the well-being of library customers and staff, Express Holds Pickup will be available by appointment at the following locations. Library visitors may drop off materials in Book Drops:

  • Bull Street Library – 912.652.3628
  • Carnegie Library – 912.651.1973
  • Garden City Library – 912.644.5932
  • Hinesville Library – 912.368.4003
  • Islands Library – 912.897.4061
  • Midway-Riceboro Library – 912.884.5742
  • Oglethorpe Mall Library – 912.921.2082
  • Pooler Library – 912.748.6979
  • Rincon Library – 912.826.2222
  • Southwest Chatham Library – 912.927.4079
  • Springfield Library – 912.754.3003

The pickup / drop-off process is easy and involves little or no in-person contact with others. Please follow all safety guidelines and instructions at your library.

  1. Make an appointment by phone.
  2. Visit your library to pick up and/or drop off your items.
  3. Enjoy your materials at home.

Library users can place holds by logging in to their PINES account or calling their library location.  You will be notified when materials are available for pickup. Customers at libraries not offering express services may arrange to pick up materials at another library location.  

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.