Greene County Public Library COVID-19 Response FAQ

This post was last updated at 4:00 a.m. on June 19, 2020.

Is the library open?

All community library locations will reopen to the public on June 22, 2020. Libraries will be open for their regular hours.

Our makerspace and local history archive are currently open by appointment only.

  • To make an appointment for Spark Place, please call (937) 736‑7092.
  • To make an appointment for the Greene County Room, please call (937) 352‑4000.

Do you offer a special time for seniors to safely visit the library?

Yes. We're reserving the 10 – 11 a.m. hour for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

Are masks required in the library?

We encourage library visitors to wear face coverings when possible. All library staff members are required to wear face coverings while working.

Is curbside pickup service still available?

Yes. You can continue to request library materials for curbside pickup if you prefer to borrow items without entering the building.

Will there be a Summer Reading Club this year?

Yes! All ages are invited to join us for our first online-only Summer Reading program.

How should I return items I've checked out?

Please return library materials using our outdoor book drops. To reduce the spread of COVID‑19, each returned item will be quarantined for 96 hours before being removed from your account.

I returned a book recently, but it's still showing up on my library account. Will I be charged late fines?

No. We quarantine all returned items for four days and adjust the date of return accordingly once the items are checked in. There may be a delay before your library account updates, but you won't be charged late fines for the quarantine period.

Are public computers available?

Library computers are available by appointment for one-hour sessions.

When will in-person library programs resume?

All in-person events and meetings held at Greene County Public Library locations are canceled for the time being. We're following Ohio Health Department guidelines by delaying a return to in-person programming.

In the meantime, visit our events calendar to find fun library programs you can take part in online.

Will Volunteer Income Tax Assistance still be available this year?

No. All VITA programs and sessions at the library have been canceled for 2020.

Are meeting and study rooms available?

Meeting and study rooms are unavailable, and room reservations have been canceled.

Are Outreach Services still available?

On the advice of public health experts, our Outreach Services are serving some populations while following best practices for safety.

Can I check out a maker kit or telescope?

Library materials from special collections aren't available to borrow at this time.

Are interlibrary loan materials still available?

Due to COVID-19 closures across the state, SearchOhio and OhioLINK are temporarily unavailable for requests. Items requested through WorldCat may be delayed.

Do I need to clean library materials before they’re returned?

We're quarantining all library materials after they're returned and using best practices to disinfect them. You don't need to clean the items you've borrowed.

Where can I find the latest news on the library’s COVID-19 response?

Visit to find our most recent update.

Why did you close the libraries in spring?

We followed the advice of the Greene County Health Commissioner to help protect our community and slow the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Where can I learn more about the coronavirus?

We recommend visiting the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites to learn more about COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and those around you.

I have another question that wasn't answered here. How can I get in touch with the library?

You can call or visit your community library to speak to a staff member during our regular hours.

If you'd prefer, you can also contact us online. Please understand that it may take us a little longer than usual to respond to your message. We appreciate your patience.