Library Coronavirus statement March 25, 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. 

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.