Dear Patrons and Community Members,
Over the past several days, the Fulton Public Library (FPL) has been closely monitoring developments and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on public health recommendations, and out of an abundance of care and concern for our staff, our patrons, and the public, we will be closing the Fulton Public Library effective Tuesday March 17, 2020 until further notice. All programs, events, and meeting room reservations will be cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the public as information is received.
This was not a decision that was made lightly. We know how many of you rely on us, the impact these closures will have, and that libraries are vital community hubs in every neighborhood. But ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, and the safety of our patrons and staff is - and always must be - our top priority.
During this temporary closure, we are taking several steps to support you as much as possible:
If you have books currently on loan, you’re welcome to hold on to them, we’ll waive any overdue fees for items checked out during this time. We will be accepting returns, but encourage you to avoid coming out if you can.
If you have holds, they will be waiting for you when we reopen.
All of our online resources will be available 24/7 and can be accessed remotely using your library card. Visit catalog.ncls.org to download ebooks, eaudiobooks and magazines and use our online resources.
Our free Wi-Fi will be accessible 24/7 and can be accessed outside the building. You do not need a password or library card number to gain access.
You can register for a library card online and we will extend the temporary barcode so you can access all online resources during the entirety of our closure.
We will be live-streaming or posting recordings of all of our storytimes on Facebook and our website during their regularly scheduled times (Tuesdays at 10am and 1pm, Wednesdays at 10am, and Fridays at 10am).
As you know, this is a constantly evolving situation. We will continue to work closely with city and health officials, and are committed to keeping you up-to-date as things progress. In the meantime, I encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control website and/or the World Health Organization.
Thank you all for your support, understanding and patience during this difficult time. Now, more than ever, we need to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. May you find comfort in the words of NYT bestselling author, Jamie Tworkowski, “Conversations will not be cancelled. Relationships will not be cancelled. Love will not be cancelled. Songs will not be cancelled. Reading will not be cancelled. Self-care will not be cancelled. Hope will not be cancelled. May we lean into the good stuff that remains.”