Library Coronavirus statement June 22, 2020

The Barbara S. Ponce Library and the City of Pinellas Park are closely monitoring the latest information from public health officials and local government on COVID-19 (coronavirus). The safety of our patrons and staff members is our top priority. 

June 22nd, 2020 update

The library is open. Current open hours are:

Monday-Thursday 10 am - 1 pm, and 2 pm - 7 pm.  

Friday, Saturday 10am -1 pm, 2pm  - 5 pm,

Sunday 1pm - 5pm.

Curbside pick-up is available by appointment only Monday-Friday 10-5

Programs are cancelled until further notice. Please join our contact-free Pinellas Park Reading Challenge.

We are doing limited meeting room booking depending on hours and demand. Please call us at 727-369-0669 for more information.

May 8th, 2020 update

Following the Governor’s plan for re-opening Florida, we are working with our local officials to resume operations. The library and all City facilities will be implementing new protocols and policies that allow services to be resumed in a step-by-step approach intended to minimize Covid-19 infections and protect public health in our community.

  • Our hours of operation will be reduced and will include a mid-day closure for cleaning. There may be a line outside the library as we must limit the number of people in the building at any given time.
  • Sign-in is required for entry into the library and all other City of Pinellas Park facilities.. This is to comply with the Department of Health’s contact tracing protocol.
  • Face coverings or masks are required to be worn for all patrons over age 2 to gain entry to the library and other City facilities. They must be worn for the duration of your visit.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times to ensure that good hygiene and social distancing practices are followed.
  • No-contact pickup for items in our building begins May 11, so you will be able to obtain items without entering the library. The service will be offered Monday-Friday.
  • Exterior book drops remain open 24/7 for no-contact returns.
  • Requests through the catalog remain disabled until all PPLC libraries re-open. Courier service between libraries remains suspended until at least June, so we kindly ask that you return materials back to our library to minimize long transit delays.
  • We are asking that patrons not linger in the library. Please feel free to browse the collection; however you are encouraged to complete your transaction and exit the library.
  • PC access is reduced in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Sessions will be limited to 30 minutes. PCs are “self-help” due to distancing limitations on staff.
  • CDC guidelines are being followed for cleaning high-touch surfaces within the building; library materials are considered a low risk, though borrowers are encouraged to wipe materials and wash hands after handling for peace of mind.
  • Meeting rooms and study rooms will be closed and no reservations will be accepted.
  • The Children’s area currently has no toys or games for children and playdates or meetups are not allowed at this time. 

While we realize these restrictions are a challenge, we are looking forward to seeing you and providing service safely to our citizens. 

April 1, 2020 update:

All city buildings are closed to the public through April 30th, 2020.

The library is not accepting donations during this time.

March 25, 2020 update:

All programs are cancelled through April 2020.

March 23, 2020 update:

If you are a Pinellas County Resident who needs our services but do not have a library card, you can call Pinellas County libraries to get a short-term card to access our online services such as Overdrive, Hoopla, RB Digital, and Tumblebooks and our research and educational databases.

Details here.

March 20, 2020 update: 

All items now have due dates after May 1. 

They are staggered between May 1st and May 15th

Expiration date for holds is extended to May 1.

All of this can be extended if needed.

Effective March 19th, 2020,  the Library is closed until further notice. 

This means that all Pinellas County Libraries will be closed by then.

Programs are suspended through the month of March.

Our book drops will remain open for those wishing to return items. Keep in mind all items have had their return dates extended until April 1, 2020. (see below).

We still will be answering phones while the library is closed Monday - Friday  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Many library resources are available 24 hours a day from any internet-connected devices - cellphones, tablets, computers, etc. -  including our online catalog, research links, eSources, eBooks, and eAudiobooks.  You can find these resources here.

Also beginning March 18th for all Pinellas County Public Libraries 

  • Patrons will be unable to place new holds on all physical items.
  • Holds that are already placed will be extended through April 1.
  • Holds already waiting will not expire through April 1.
  • Due dates for items due before April 1 will be extended to April 1.
  • All notifications will be suspended through April 1.

The above date is by no means set in stone. We will be monitoring the situation, and we will take action to undo these suspensions if it appears to resolve earlier than the 1st. If closures appear to last beyond April 1, we will simply extend the dates.

The status of Pinellas County city libraries can be found here on the Pinellas Public Library Consortium FaceBook page.

Public Health Resources

CDC: The latest federal news, printable resources, and case tracking. 

Florida Department of Health: Updates on the number of cases in Florida.

Pinellas County Schools: Coronavirus news from Pinellas County Schools. 

University of South Florida: The university’s response and plans. 

Parent Resources: Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists for discussing COVID-19 with children.