Coronavirus Updates

Updated 6/5/20

In response to the county’s transition to the “Yellow Phase” of the governor’s reopening plan, Berks County Public Libraries will begin offering curbside pick-up service to patrons starting in June. This is the first step of a phased reopening under guidance from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and local officials.

At this time, buildings remain closed to the public as they enter into the first phase of the reopening process but will offer curbside service to patrons for materials currently available from their location. Patrons may request holds using the online catalog and will be notified when their order is ready to pick up. All materials will be quarantined before returning to circulation.


Important Information:

  • Each library will be following their own set of reopening guidelines. Please check with your local library for specific instructions.
  • All materials checked out prior to March 16 will be due on July 15. Items marked as late before March 16 will still have fines. Please hold onto your books at this time while libraries prepare their drop boxes.
  • Libraries will offer curbside/grab-and-go pick up service. Only items from your home library will be available for hold requests.

Digital library service remains available to all county residents with a Berks County Public Library card. Berks County residents without a card can apply online through the countywide catalog or register for an Instant Digital Card until June 30. Libraries continue to offering virtual programming online and through social media.

As libraries continue to respond to the latest information and guidelines from local and state officials regarding the COVID-19 virus, each location will be undergoing operational changes to make sure they are providing a safe environment for staff and patrons while continuing to offer library services. Because updates and best practices are constantly evolving, please call your local library or visit their website for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

When will libraries reopen?
All Berks County library buildings remain closed to the public at this time following direction from Governor Tom Wolf and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Library users may utilize Curbside Grab-and-Go service to borrow materials from their home library.

 

Can I borrow something from the library?
Each library will be operating under a different set of guidelines determined by their Board of Trustees; however, most libraries will be offering Curbside Grab-and-Go pick-up service to their patrons. Please check with your library for more information.

 

How does curbside pick-up work?
You can place a holds request for materials available from your home library on the online catalog. Your library will notify you when your item(s) is ready for pick up and schedule a time for you to visit during their operating hours.

 

What does “home library” mean?
Berks County Public Libraries has 23 library locations across Berks County which work together to provide priority service to all county residents. All library patrons have one of these locations assigned as their “home library,” which serves as the primary pick up location for borrowed materials. Your home library is traditionally close to where you live and may be changed if you move. In this current reopening phase, patrons will only have access to materials that are available from their home library. You can find out your home library location by logging into your account.