Lorain Public Library System continues to serve your library needs while taking steps to maintain the safety and health of our staff and patrons during the recent discovery of COVID- 19 (Coronavirus) in Ohio.  
 
We are in regular communication with Lorain County Public Health and are monitoring information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.  We will continue to take our guidance from these trusted information sources. 
 
We have always practiced safe hygiene throughout our system. Our branches are cleaned every 24-hours by a professional janitorial company. We have recently implemented enhanced sanitizing efforts, including installing hand sanitizer stations in each branch and ramping up routine disinfection for high touch surfaces.  
 
We encourage staff and patrons to be mindful of their person-to-person contact and practice social distancing when possible by avoiding handshakes and utilizing our self-check machines.  
 
We encourage any concerned patrons, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure. Lorain Public Library System has a multitude of resources accessible from the comfort of your home including e-books, newspapers, magazines in a multitude of languages, videos and online learning platforms: https://www.lorainpubliclibrary.org/eLibrary 
 
Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following resources: 
Lorain County Public Health
Ohio Department of Health
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

As of March 11, we have temporarily suspended programming at local nursing homes and senior living facilities based on recommendations from the Governor’s Office and Lorain County Public Health.

As of March 12, Lorain Public Library System is suspending programs and meeting room reservations at all branch locations effective through April 11. All six branches will continue to be open their regular business hours.

The decision came after Governor Dewine’s press conference encouraging social distancing; the practice of limiting non-essential person to person contact. “We are heeding the advice of Governor Dewine and taking this precaution to keep our staff and patrons safe and do what we can to limit the spread of this virus,” says LPLS Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz “We are still open for patrons wanting to get a book or DVD or use the computer and we encourage patrons that have a home computer or other device to utilize the resources available on our e-Library."

March 13 LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CLOSING TEMPORARILY 

Lorain Public Library System is temporarily closing its branches as of 6 p.m. Friday, March 13. All branches will reopen for their regular hours on Monday, April 6.

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 are 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.