FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23,2020

 

Hannibal Free Public Library is closed to Walk-In Service beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24th.  The Library will expand Curbside Pickup Service hours to Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Patrons can request books and other materials by placing holds in the library’s online catalog, by messaging the library through Facebook or the online catalog, by calling the Library at 573-221-0222, or by sending an email to ref@hannibal.lib.mo.us.  To place holds or update library cards, patrons can call the Library on Monday or Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Patrons who do not have library cards or have lost their cards should call the Library to complete a temporary registration over the phone.  The Library’s wi-fi extends into the parking lot, so people with laptops and devices may access it from their vehicles.

 

After a hold is placed, Library staff will search the collection, find the items, call the patron, and check out the item to the patron.  A time slot will be designated.  Patrons who discover later that they cannot pick up their items in the agreed time slot are asked to call the Library to make other arrangements.  The Library requests 48 hours turnaround but can often fill holds more rapidly.  Curbside Pickup Service will be provided at the back of the building through the fire door.  Staff will bring items to patrons’ cars on the passenger side during reserved time periods. Patrons should return books and other materials in the exterior book drop located at the west side of the building at 200 South Church Street.  The Library will quarantine returned materials for a week before checking them in and returning them to circulation.   

 

The decision to return to Curbside Pickup Service only was made because Marion and Ralls Counties are in COVID Category 1.  “None of us liked making this decision.  It seemed to be the best way to keep the public and Library staff safe while still providing materials to check out.  The decision will be revisited on a weekly basis, per DHSS’s Public Health Warning,”  Library Director Hallie Yundt Silver said.

 

For more information about Curbside Pickup Service and other library resources, patrons are encouraged to call Hannibal Free Public Library, visit the library’s website, or like the Library on Facebook.

 

 

Hallie Yundt Silver, Director

Hannibal Free Public Library

200 South Fifth Street

Hannibal, MO  63401

hallieys@hannibal.lib.mo.us

www.hannibal.lib.mo.us

ph 573-221-0222

fax 573-221-0369