Greene County Public Library COVID-19 Response FAQ

This post was last updated at 3:52 p.m. on March 31, 2020.


Is the library open?

No, all Greene County Public Library locations are currently closed.

Why did you close?

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

Can I still get books and movies from the library?

Physical library materials aren’t available while we’re closed, but you can download ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines from our digital collection. Access to all of our online resources is free when you sign in with your Greene County Public Library card.

Can you suggest ways my kids can keep reading and learning while they’re home from school?

Yes! While the library is closed, our website will highlight online resources for different age groups at the top of our pages for Kids, Teens, and Preschoolers.

Will I be fined for overdue materials while the library is closed?

No. Due dates on all physical library materials you’re currently borrowing will automatically be extended until after we reopen. This includes items borrowed through interlibrary loan (SearchOhio, OhioLINK, and WorldCat).

Can I still return items I've checked out to the library while you're closed?

In compliance with the governor's stay at home order, all Greene County Public Library book drops will be closed starting March 23, 2020. Please wait to return any physical materials you've borrowed until the library reopens.

What will happen to my items on hold that were waiting to be picked up?

Once the library reopens, you’ll have an additional five days to pick up any holds that were ready for you when we closed. You don't need to request the items a second time.

When will the library be open again?

All of our library locations are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The nature of this public health emergency means plans can change quickly, though, so please check our website for any updates before heading to the library.

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

Visit greenelibrary.info/covid-19-plan to find our most recent update.

When will in-person library programs resume?

All events and meetings held at Greene County Public Library locations have been canceled while the library is closed.

Will Volunteer Income Tax Assistance still be available at the library this year?

All Volunteer Income Tax Assistance events held at Greene County Public Library locations have been canceled while the library is closed. Once we reopen, VITA program coordinators and the IRS will decide whether tax assistance services can resume at the library before this year’s filing deadline.

Are Outreach Services still available?

On the advice of public health experts, our Outreach Services are currently unavailable.

Are meeting and study rooms available?

Meeting and study rooms are unavailable while the library is closed, and room reservations have been canceled.

Will the library’s WiFi stay on while the buildings are closed?

Wireless internet access is still available 24/7 from outside all Greene County Public Library locations while we're closed. However, we ask that you comply with any current Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order guidelines, and only leave your home for essential reasons.

How can I sign up for a new library card while you’re closed?

Ohio residents who don’t have an existing Greene County Public Library card should follow the instructions on our Get a Library Card page.

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

Greene County Public Health has advised us that library materials are not a concern for the spread of the coronavirus.

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 fill out the contact form on our website, or send an email to comments@gcpl.lib.oh.us. Please understand that while the library's closed, it may take us a little longer than usual to respond to your message. We appreciate your patience.