Lorain Public Library System Closing Temporarily

Released On: 3/13/2020

Lorain Public Library System is temporarily closing its branches as of 6 p.m. Friday, March 13 until further notice.

The Avon and North Ridgeville branches, both of which are polling locations, will be open on Tuesday, March 17 due to Election Day. The branches will not be offering regular service on this day; simply access to the polls.

In a letter to the staff, Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz said, “I said that we will do what we can to limit the spread of this virus, and we were hoping that cancelling all programming and meeting reservations would be impactful. However, after gauging the reaction to both Gov. DeWine’s Thursday press conference and our announcement regarding the cancellations, it seems in the best interest of our staff and patrons to close temporarily.”

Diamond-Ortiz said typically when schools are closed, public libraries fill the gap and ramp up programming for children and teens but in this extraordinary instance, LPLS’s highest calling is working against our staff and the safety of our patrons. “We believe that the intent in closing the schools is to minimize contact so as to limit the impact on the healthcare system,” she said. “During the day our libraries are frequented by our senior and most vulnerable populations. To mix them with the inevitable influx of children seems to be contradictory to the advice of healthcare professionals.”

Diamond-Ortiz said in an attempt to best serve our communities and the students who rely on us, LPLS is purchasing an additional 200 mobile hotspots for students to check out at the start of next week. “We our happy to provide this support and I am proud that the community sees the value in what we are doing,” she said.

Our Clevnet partners will:

  • Automatically extend due dates for patrons to prevent fines or overdues
  • Automatically extend the hold pickup date for items available on the hold shelf
  • Automatically suspend holds for patrons for pickup at the library

The six branches of the Lorain Public Library System include the Main Library in Lorain, South Lorain, Avon, Columbia, North Ridgeville and Domonkas library in Sheffield Lake. Additional information and a vast array of digital offerings can be found online at www.LorainPublicLibrary.org/eLibrary