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York County Libraries Extend Pickup and Online Only Services

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January 14, 2021
York County Libraries are extending their temporary shift to offering pickup and online services only.  The decision was based on the continued increase in positive York County COVID-19 cases and the need to balance delivery of service and safety.   Until further notice, the majority of York County Libraries will continue their pickup service model where members place holds online or by phone and pick up their items when they are ready.  One of YCL’s larger locations, Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, will open for limited browsing and limited computer service starting Monday, January 11.  Computer time is by appointment only and is reserved by phoning the library at (717) 632-5183.  This will help bridge the gap for members wanting in-library services. 
Since the initial statewide closure in March, YCL has continued adjusting service offerings in tandem with the current COVID-19 health climate.  The current pause of in-person browsing at most library locations will continue until it is safe to resume broader library services.  “The health and safety of our library members and staff continues to be a top priority for us,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “I am especially proud of our library staff around the county who have successfully shifted to delivering a robust array of programs and services online for our members.  And I am grateful for their continued diligence and implementation of the health and safety measures we have put in place.”
YCL is following the guidelines of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Governor, the PA Health Department, and the CDC.  Masks and social distancing are required when picking up materials an in-library.   Visitors, age two and older, are required to wear masks or appropriate face coverings.   Anyone who is unable to wear a mask, should contact their library to discuss alternative service options.  
Members can continue using library book drops to return borrowed materials.  As part of YCL’s material quarantine process, returned items remain on member records for ten days.  Any fines accrued during that time will be reversed.   Members with health issues who are unable to return materials by the due date should contact their library for accommodations.   
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, story times, book discussions, programs and educational resources.  For more information about library locations, operating hours, and current service offerings, go to open.yorklibraries.org.

Deb Sullivan, Community Relations Director                                    
York County Libraries
159 E. Market St., York, PA 17401


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