COVID-19

Effective June 15, 2020, patrons may use limited services inside the library, on a by-appointment basis.

Inside services include:

  • Computers, fax, scan, copy, print
  • Browsing/checkout items
  • Carry-out of pre-ordered items
  • 1-hour maximum per appointment

How YOU protect OTHERS:

Access to the library is by appointment, for a maximum of 1 hour
Complete a verbal health assessment prior to entering
Sanitize hands before using materials
Face coverings are recommended and stronly encouraged
Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your sleeve
Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Public restrooms are not currently available
Stay home if you have a fever or are experiencing virus symptoms

How the LIBRARY protects YOU:

Limited guests at any given time
Hand sanitizer is available for guests to use during their visits
Library materials are quarantined between check-outs
Service points/common areas are sanitized frequently
Computers are sanitized between uses
Staff wear masks (unless medically unable), practice appropriate respiratory etiquette and social distancing, and sanitize hand frequently
Plexiglass shields are installed at service counters
Buildings are deep-cleaned weekly

  • Please note that public restrooms are not currently available
  • Thank you for helping the Brown County Public Library re-open safely and responsibly!

May 9, 2020: 

Starting the week of May 11, 2020, all branches of the Brown County Public Library will begin providing curbside service on a limited schedule.

  • Place holds for materials through our online catalog, and pick them up at your local branch. Request materials from any of our four branches. Items from libraries outside BCPL will not be available until the State Library of Ohio resumes interlibrary delivery service.
  • Don’t have easy access to our online catalog, or just don’t know what you want?    Call your local branch to have a staff member help you make your selections.
  • Library staff will contact you when materials are available, so that you can schedule a pick-up time. You can also call or email the library with questions.
  • Items currently checked out are now due on May 22.
  • Loan periods have been lengthened for new check-outs :  most items will now check out for 4 weeks at a time. This reduces the number of trips you need to make. WiFi Hotspots continue to have a 2-week loan period.
  • Book returns are open : feel free to begin returning the items that you currently have checked out so they can be quarantined and sanitized prior to being available for another patron.
  • Having technical difficulties? Try a help session through the new Chat Service on our website.

Curbside hours are 9am-4pm at all branches:

Fayetteville-Perry  (513-274-2665)  :   Monday-Wednesday-Friday

Georgetown (937-378-3197)  : Monday-Wednesday-Friday

Mt. Orab (937-444-1414)  :  Monday-Thursday-Friday

Sardinia  (937-446-1565)  :  Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday

 

While conditions make it impossible to say when the library can begin providing services inside the building, we anticipate that contactless curbside service will extend at least through June 5.

And of course, this is in addition to all of the digital services that have been available throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. BCPL’s subscription to Hoopla and participation in the Ohio Digital Library give library cardholders access to eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more. Reserve, stream or download some of your favorites today!

May 6, 2020:  The Brown County Public Library is still closed at this time. We thank you for your continued patience and support, and will let you know our plan to begin library service as soon as possible. If you have a question, please send a message through our new Chat-Box on the front page of the website, and a librarian will respond to your message. 

April 4, 2020: The Brown County Public Library continues to adjust its services and procedures in an effort to support its communities in the changing environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority, and we regularly monitor and implement guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Brown County Health Department. Effective Tuesday, April 7, 2020 :

 All branches remain closed to the public through May 1, 2020, or until the Ohio Stay-AtHome order is lifted. Library operations will resume according to guidelines released by the CDC, ODH, or local health officials.

 All group programs and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

 Book drops are closed – all items EXCEPT WiFi Hotspots are now due on May 8.

 WiFi Hotspots may be due before May 8. Keep them until you are individually notified that they need to be returned.

 Fines accrued March 13-May 8 will be waived for all items except WiFi Hotspots.

 Fines/other library account issues will not prohibit cardholders from using electronic resources available through the library’s website.

March 31, 2020: We are continuing to work it the background to find resources that are helpful during this difficult time. Please check back frequently and view our COVID-19 Resource Page for helpful links. 

As of March 23, 2020: In compliance with the Ohio Department of Health Stay-At-Home Order, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 4:00pm :

  • All branches are closed to the public until April 7, 2020, or until the Stay-At-Home order is rescinded. Library operations will resume according to guidelines released by the State of Ohio or local health officials.
  • All group programs and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Book drops are closed - please keep items until the dates listed below:
    • WiFi Hotspots are due on April 7
    • All other materials are due on April 20
  • Fines accrued March 13-April 20 will be waived for all items except Wifi Hotspots
  • Fines/other library account issues will not prohibit cardholders from using electronic resources

Voicemail and email will be monitored by each branch, and replies made as staffing permits. Please call or email your local branch to leave a message with any questions that you may have:

Georgetown:               937-378-3197                        marysheltonlibrary@gmail.com

Mt. Orab:                    937-444-1414                        bcplmto@gmail.com

Fayetteville-Perry:      513-274-BOOK (2665)          fayettevilleperrylibrary@gmail.com

Sardinia:                     937-446-1565                        sardinialibrary@gmail.com

As of March 19, 2020, The Brown County Public Library is continuing to closely monitor information about COVID-19 and adjust its services accordingly. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority as we strive to meet the information needs of our communities. Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 5:00pm :

  • All branches are open by appointment only, with limited services, such as:
    -Pick up reserved items or other materials
    -Scan/fax/copy/print
    -Computer use in 1-hour increments
  • All group programs and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • Due dates for all materials except Wifi Hotspots have been extended to April 20
  • Book drops are available 24/7
  • Fines accrued March 13 - April 20 will be waived for all items except Wifi Hotspots
  • Fines/other library account issues will not prohibit cardholders from using electronic resources

Contact your local branch branch by phone or email with questions, or to make an appointment:

Georgetown: 937-378-3197 marysheltonlibrary@gmail.com
Monday 9am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-4pm; Thursday 1pm-8pm; Friday 9am-4pm

Mt. Orab: 937-444-1414 bcplmto@gmail.com
Monday 9am-4pm; Tuesday 9am-4pm; Thursday 1pm-8pm; Friday 9am-4pm

Fayetteville-Perry: 513-274-BOOK (2665) fayettevilleperrylibrary@gmail.com
Monday 9am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-4pm; Thursday 1pm-8pm; Friday 9am-4pm

Sardinia: 937-446-1565 sardinialibrary@gmail.com
Monday 9am-4pm; Tuesday 9am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-4pm; Thursday 1pm-8pm

The Board and staff of the BCPL appreciate the cooperation and support of its communities as we work to fulfill our role as a community resource while protecting the health of patrons and staff. The library is doing everything possible to assure that sanitation practices are in accordance with CDC and ODH recommendations, and that ODH orders concerning mass gatherings and social distancing are also being followed.

We continue to work with and follow directives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Library Council (OLC) and State Library of Ohio (SLO), and the Brown County Board of Health. Future updates will be provided as these authorities release additional guidance. For the latest information, please check our website at browncountypubliclibrary.org.

 

As of March 17, 2020, the Brown County Public Library is continuing to closely monitor information about COVID-19 and adjust its services accordingly. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is a top priority as we strive to meet the information needs of our communities. At this time:

  • All branches are open and operating according to regular schedules
  • All group programs and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • Hygiene and sanitation practices have been stepped up
  • Social distancing is being practiced
  • Due dates for all materials have been extended to April 20 
  • Book drops are available 24/7
  • Fines/other library account issues will not prohibit cardholders from using electronic resources

We continue to work with and follow directives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Library Council (OLC), and the Brown County Board of Health. Future updates will be provided as these authorities release additional guidance, and following the March 18, 2020 library board meeting.

As of 3/15/20 in an effort to promote social distancing, all Brown County Public Library locations have canceled all regular programming and events. We will review offering programs again at a later date. The ever-changing situation is being monitored regularly – all directives of the State, Ohio Library Council, and Brown County Board of Health are being followed  - and new information will be considered as it is presented.

The Brown County Public Library is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).The health and safety of our patrons and staff is a top priority. Currently all of our locations are open and operating under normal schedules. At this time, the library will postpone large group programs and continue to offer other regular events and services.

We're working with local health officials and following directions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Right now, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices and cleaning and sanitizing all libraries as much as possible. We're also making hand sanitizer available for library users. Book drops are available 24/7. 

Stay informed:

CDC

Ohio Department of Health

Brown County Health Department