We have looked to other libraries around our city and around our country and have decided that the best way to serve you now is to close the library to the public. We cannot guarantee anyone’s safety from the virus and seek to err on the side of caution. We hope this will also help the community maintain the necessary social distancing that we are being asked to practice. We will not open until we have assurance that it is safe to do so.

During this time, we ask that you hold onto your library items. The book drop will be unavailable. This will be the same at area libraries across the city and county. We will not fine you for holding onto library materials during this time. If you have an item being held at the library, it will be held until we open to the public again.

We have several excellent electronic media options if you need something to read, watch, or listen to during these days of uncertainty. Try out the Libby or Hoopla apps in your app store or the Overdrive or Hoopla websites on your PC/Mac.

If you need information on the virus, we recommend the CDC website for national information. For local information, we recommend the St. Louis County Department of Health and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

If you have any questions, I will be answering emails and voicemails messages. Contact me at ggibbons@bplmo.org or 314-963-8636.

Gina Gibbons