The Library and COVID-19

This page will be updated with new information as we have it.

With our libraries closed to the public amid the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to make sure that our patrons know about their options for accessing library services and learning resources without visiting our physical sites. We care very much about our patrons, so we’re working to make sure that we can still have resources available to everyone.

Here’s the latest updates

  • The Bryan + College Station Library System will be closed through through April 7, 2020, due to the shelter-in-place order for all residents to further reduce the virus exposure.
  • The library system has extended due dates on library card registrations until the end of April, and items checked out will be extended through April 14.
  • All library patrons will be able to use online resources for free, including checking out digital books, magazines, audiobooks and more.
  • In the interest of safety, all book drops will be closed, and patrons are asked to refrain from returning books until the library system reopens. Please keep all checked out materials safe at home with you and your families. This includes ILL items.
  • The library system’s website, BCSLibrary.org, will be available through the closure, and streaming videos and resources are available on the library system’s social media pages.
  • The AARP Tax Foundation Tax-Aides have suspended services until further notice.

What the cities are doing

Information from the CDC

Library resources available online

Library resources available during the closure

Library Card Renewal

Other online resources to tide you over

(If you do not have a library card or are looking for additional content)

Interact with us on social media

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are there any library resources I can use while branches are closed?
Yes. Bryan + College Station Public Library System provides a wide variety of electronic resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, streaming videos, and more online resources for borrowing or viewing.

What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials will be extended. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.

Can I place new holds through the catalog?
Yes, holds can still be placed through the catalog, as well as access and holds on e-books and e-audiobooks will still be available.

Can I apply for a library card?
During our period of closure, we are unable to register new patrons for library cards. However, when we reopen, new applicants can visit their local library to obtain and validate their physical library card.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
Contact your local library for more information.

I have a question about my account? Is there anyone that can help me?
If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources, please use our online contact form.

Cancellations

    • All programs and events cancelled through April 7, 2020.
    • AARP Tax-Aide cancelled until further notice
    • Meet and Greet with Beatrice “Bea” Saba – postponed, new date TBA
    • Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale – postponed, new date TBA
    • Book donations halted during the closure
Last updated 3/24/2020
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