Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What is the Library doing?
The Maury County Public Library is curbside only as of December 18th, at both the Columbia and Mt. Pleasant locations. The Libraries will continue to offer over-the-phone and online reservation/pick-up of books and other materials. In order to keep our patrons safe while still offering a variety of services, we will be:
- Continuing to offer check-out of library materials
- Individuals wishing to check out books, dvds, games, etc. can either call the Columbia or Mt. Pleasant libraries, or use the Library's online catalog to reserve materials
- Allow the staff 30 minutes to pull your selected materials
- Staff will place your selected materials in the foyer with your name on them
- Issuing library cards
- We will still issue library cards over the phone or via email. We will not need proof of residency or an ID at this time. Cards will be held for pickup when we resume in-person service.
- Conducting library programming virtually
- All in-person library programming is still suspended. This means no one using meeting rooms, no in-person storytime, no use of library facilities for gatherings, etc. We will direct patrons to our online programming via Facebook/Instagram/Website.
- Asking patrons to Use the book drop to return materials
- Please note that materials left in the book drop are held for 48 hours prior to being checked-in as returned. Please disregard any automated messages about overdue materials -- we will not be assessing any late fees.
- Offering contactless pickup
- We will continue to offer contactless pickup for patrons who do not feel comfortable using the library facilities.
Where can I find information on COVID-19?
The Maury County Public Library is committed to providing you links to authoritative, trusted information to help you stay informed - especially in regards to the coronavirus outbreak. While the Library cannot provide medical advice, we can provide you with some helpful links:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has a vast array of information regarding the coronavirus, including steps on how to prevent illness, coronavirus cases in the US, and information for individuals traveling.
The Tennessee Department of Health has information about the coronavirus outbreak specific to Tennessee, including the number of cases in the state/individual counties, the number of coronavirus tests administered, and guidance for businesses.
Additionally, the State of Tennessee has set up a website with COVID-19 related information at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html
Johns Hopkins University has put together an interactive, up to date map to track reported cases of coronavirus worldwide. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
What measures can I take to stay safe?
The Maury County Public Library encourages everyone to follow the advice from the CDC, including:
- Stay at home unless you have necessary/essential business to conduct
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - after touching shared items, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others
- Stay home if you are sick