Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Pandemic News

Update, August 3, 2020

New results have been published for the second round of Battelle's lab testing for COVID-19 on common library materials. Compared to the results from round one, the results of Test 2 indicate that a longer quarantine time for certain types of paper materials, such as magazines and Children's board books, is required. Please be aware that because of the updated quarantine guidelines of 96-hours, combined with LCL hours, materials may take up to seven days to appear checked-in on your account. Please remember, LCL does not have late fees!

Update, July 16, 2020

Governor Mike Dewine and the Licking County Health Department officially declared Licking County as Red Level with Covid-19. Until the level is reduced, all customers must wear a mask when using Licking County Library. We Thank you for your adherence to this requirement and we look forward to serving you soon and stay safe.

Update, June 26, 2020

First, we want to thank you for your continued patience. We are happy to announce that our doors are opening at our Downtown Newark and Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) locations beginning Wednesday, July 15. All other LCL locations will be open for limited curbside services on specific days beginning the same day. Details on hours and days of the week can be found below. This is all a part of the 3rd Phase of Our Reopening Plan. 

The REopening Archives, Library and Museums (REALM) project from Battelle with partners Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has released its first report. Books and DVD cases are COVID-19 free after three days of quarantine. With the results of this report, we will continue to keep returned items in bins until we can safely handle them for the next customer.

As always, our 24-Hours Kiosks at Legacy Park in Hanover and at the COTC Pataskala Campus are open all hours, seven days a week for your browsing and borrowing needs. You can even have your holds delivered to lockers located there!

Questions can be directed to our website chat box, by calling 740.349.5523, emailing info@lickingcountylibrary.org or through Facebook and Instagram. We are eager to hear from you!


Details building openings:
Downtown Newark
Mondays - Thursdays
11am - 6pm

Saturdays
10am - 2pm

Johnstown
Mondays - Thursdays
11am - 6pm


Details on curbside services:
We are offering curbside pick-up of Library materials at all locations, on select days, beginning July 15. When you arrive in a LCL parking lot, call the number posted, and we will bring your things to you!

Hebron
Mondays - Thursdays
11am - 6pm

Buckeye Lake
Mondays | 11am - 6pm

West Newark
Wednesdays | 11am - 6pm

Utica
Thursdays | 11am - 6pm

*both Downtown Newark and Johnstown will still offer drive-up and curbside service.


Update June 4, 2020
Phase 2 of our “Reinstatement of Library Services” plan will begin on Monday, June 15. Due dates and Holds have been extended to July 1, 2020. 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | 11am - 6pm

  • Downtown Newark: drive-up window open
  • Johnstown and Hebron: curbside service available (when you arrive, there will be a number to call and we will bring the items to you)
  • Phones and Online Chat: available for questions and reference help

Open all day, every day:

  • Lockers: open for hold pick-ups at Kiosks anytime
  • Book drops: all locations open
  • Social media platforms and email for questions: info@lickingcountylibrary.org

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that information changes daily and we all must be flexible, patient and understanding. Our reinstatement plans are moving ahead more quickly than anticipated. We encourage you to place holds on books and DVDs using your LCL account or the "SEO Libraries App" on your device (found in your app store). 

While you are patiently waiting for our doors to open again, we urge you to participate in the Summer Library Program. There are fantastic challenges for kids, teens and adults alike. Reading Trackers for kids can be printed directly from our website or picked up from a Summer Station located on the front door of all of our locations. Teens and Adults can participate completely online with book reviews.  

We also have a fantastic reading recommendation service for the summer season called Great Summer Reads. Anyone can can receive suggestions for their next great read from the fabulous librarians at Licking County Library. Fill out the survey now! 

We are eager to see your smiling faces on June 15. 

- Babette Wofter, Director

 

Update: May 28, 2020
Due dates have been extended until July 1, 2020. There are no late fees at Licking County Library -- ever. 


Update: May 15, 2020
Book drops are opening at Downtown Newark and Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) on Mondays from 8am - 12pm and Thursdays from 2pm - 6pm beginning May 18. The book drops at the 24-Hour Kiosks located at COTC Pataskala Campus and Legacy Park Hanover will be open 24/7 starting Monday, May 18.

This is the first phase of Licking County Library's reopening plan. In addition to book drops opening, our Librarians will be available for questions through our online Chat found on the homepage of our website. The Chat hours reflect the book drop hours: Mondays, 8am - 12pm and Thursdays 2pm - 6pm. 

Customers can contact the library through email at info@lickingcountylibrary.org or through our Facebook and Instagram accounts at anytime. 

Due dates have been extended to June 1, 2020. All locations will continue to be closed to customers coming inside. We thank you for your patience as we navigate the safest and most efficient way to reopen our services.


Update: March 16, 2020
All Licking County Library locations will close today, March 16, at 5:00 PM until further notice. Library Administration will continue to watch developments and consult with state and local sources to determine a firm opening date.

This closure includes all meeting rooms reserved by the community, bookmobile service and homebound delivery. Library programs for children, teens and adults have been suspended until further notice. Due dates have been extended and book drops will be locked. Licking County Library is fine free and materials will not be due the days the Library is closed. If customers have items on the hold shelf, they will be available when the Library reopens. Patrons will not be able to return items during the closure.

The Library invites you to explore everything they have to offer digitally. Customers can download eBooks, audiobooks and stream movies and music online. Anyone can apply online and receive a Library card within 48 hours on our website, lickingcountylibrary.org, to be used for digital resources while we are closed.  

The health and safety of Library customers and staff is top priority. This is a difficult time and the Library hopes that this measure helps to curb the spread of this virus.  In the coming days, the Library will post various resources and other information on its website and Facebook page.