In response to recommendations made by the California Department of Public Health and as a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person services are temporarily suspended and all State Library locations are closed to the public. Curbside Service and the Braille and Talking Book Library mail circulation services will be suspended beginning December 7th, 2020 for at least three weeks. Email reference services are still available in all Library sections, and requests may be submitted via Ask-A-Librarian or, in the case of blind or otherwise print disabled patrons, directly to the Braille and Talking Book Library General Email Inbox. The State Library is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and will make changes as necessary as new information becomes available.
The California State Library is committed to serving the California library community, state employees, and residents we serve and is closely monitoring information and guidance offered by California’s Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. We encourage everyone to take preventative steps such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, hand washing, and social distancing to protect themselves and our communities from the spread of COVID-19. You may monitor up-to-date information about the disease in California via the California Department of Public Health and on California's main COVID-19 site. Please also follow information provided by your local public health agencies. The California Library Association and the State Library also offer a resource page for public libraries.
Remote Access to Online Resources for State Government Employees
The State Library is committed to providing relevant online resources for California state government employees that can be accessed remotely on any device. California State employees, state legislative staff, appointed state officials and board members, and officials and employees of the State Court may obtain a State Library card to access subscription databases by applying online. After obtaining a State Library card, state employees may visit the Online Resources web page to browse, select, and use available library resources. State employees will be prompted to login using library borrower card credentials for subscription databases. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library service ideas during COVID
The State Library has released guidance for the re-opening of California libraries for in-person services including currently published library re-opening plans, related public health research, feedback from library directors across the state, and guidance published by the State of California for industries that share like issues.
Browse a database of online and distance friendly programming ideas contributed by public library staff members throughout California, and submit your own ideas!