Los Angeles Public Library Response to COVID-19
Keeping You Safe is Our Priority
Like all Angelenos, we are facing the challenges of a quickly changing landscape in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, the health and safety of our patrons and staff is our priority. We are in constant communication with other city departments, local officials and health authorities.
Following Mayor Garcetti’s directive and out of an abundance of caution, we want to share the steps the library is taking to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while still providing essential library services:
- We have closed the Central Library and the 72 branch libraries until further notice.
- During this time, no late fines will be assessed for overdue items, and patrons can return materials when libraries reopen with no penalty.
- Librarians are available to provide assistance through telephone reference (213) 228-7272; the web-based service, Ask a Librarian; and Book a Librarian.
- Of course our many digital services remain available 24/7 at lapl.org, including e-books and audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; classes and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.
- We created and will continue to update this resource page in English and Spanish with information about the COVID-19 virus and how to keep you and your loved ones safe.
You can stay updated on the library here on our website and following our social media accounts @lapubliclibrary.
Once again, your health and safety is of utmost importance, and we will evaluate and adjust as new information becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Trustworthy and Up-to-Date Information to Help You Know the Facts and Avoid Misinformation
- L.A. Mayor: What you should know about Coronavirus
- City of L.A. Emergency Management Department
- L.A. County Public Health
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- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- World Health Organization
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- Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus
Know the Facts
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
- People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risk of exposure.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.