This page will be updated with new information as we have it.
Thank you for wearing a mask over your nose and mouth before entering.
New Ringer Library Hours Starting March 1, 2021
The Larry J. Ringer Public Library increased hours of operation, effective March 1.
Other Services and Information
- Librarians will continue to provide adult and youth programming on the BCS Library System’s social media pages.
- Computers will be available for use for one hour, with social distancing protocols in place.
- Meeting room spaces are closed during the duration of this phased opening.
- Patrons should conduct in-person business at the libraries as quickly as possible in order to reduce in-person contact with others.
- Patrons also will be asked to observe social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in their household.
- Library staff will ensure the facilities are continually disinfected in accordance with CDC protocols.
Information from the CDC
CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View – Level of Community Transmission
Library resources available online
- Streaming Video
- TexShare databases (email or call us for our login information if you need it)
- Databases in addition to TexShare
- Other online learning opportunities through the library
- Learning Express: Skill-building, test prep, homework and classroom success
- Digital storytimes
- How-to videos for placing holds and using Overdrive
Library Card Renewal
Other online resources to tide you over
(If you do not have a library card or are looking for additional content)
- Harry Potter at Home – Add a touch of Harry Potter to your life, including eBook, eAudiobook, and activities, available through April 2020.
- The Shows Must Go On – free Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals streaming 1 PM Central on Fridays, available for 48 hours
- Quick, Draw! – game like Pictionary, but the computer guesses your drawing
- LibriVox – free online public domain audiobooks
- Project Gutenberg – free online public domain books
- Audible Stories – free streaming of audiobooks, children through teen, 6 languages
- Scholastic Learn at Home – free daily projects to keep kids busy and learning (set up free accounts to use)
- Read Out Loud Archives presented by KidLit TV – videos of authors reading picture books
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – doodling and drawing, new episodes posted weekdays at 1 PM ET (12 PM Central)
- Draw Every Day with JJK – free drawing lessons webcast at 2 PM ET (1 PM Central)
- Nightly Met Opera Streams – the Metropolitan Opera will stream operas nightly at 7:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM Central), each available for 20 hours
- Museums with Virtual Tours – article in Travel and Leisure listing museums with virtual tours
- The Louvre – virtual museum tours
- Google Arts and Culture – online tours and street views of museums and cultural sites
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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?
Due to the closure, physical hold requests can be made online beginning May 1 or by phone beginning May 4. These holds will be available for curbside pickup. Electronic holds such as 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 physical library cards. But when the libraries reopen to patrons at 25% capacity starting on May 11, new applicants can visit their local library to obtain and validate their physical library card. If you don’t have a physical library card, why don’t you try out our Virtual Ecard that will give you access to all of our digital collections while we’re closed.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
Library card accounts that had expired from January 1, 2020 to the present have been automatically renewed through June 1, 2020. For all other dates that fall outside of this, contact us through our online contact form and provide us with your library card number so we may renew your account through the June 1, 2020 date.
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.