Libraries closing in response to COVID-19

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Public Libratry system has decided to close its branches from Friday, March 13 through Sunday April 5 and reopen on Monday, April 6, the system announced Friday afternoon.

The closings are in response to the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

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In its statement, the system said its leadership will monitor the situation and adjust this schedule as needed.

Under the decision, all LPL programs and classes are cancelled, including outreach services, meeting rooms are closed, due dates for materials will be extended and customers are encouraged to keep materials until the Library reopens, and fines and fees will be suspended for lost or overdue material.

“Our goal is to limit any community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “We are listening to state and local leaders as they recommend people not congregate in groups and observe social distancing. We will continue to evaluate the real and potential threat of the global pandemic on our local community. Please visit us virtually on our website or social media pages for your entertainment and educational needs.”

The virtual library will remain open – including online classes and digital reading materials through vendors like Lynda.com and the Libby and Flipster apps.

More information and resources can be found at www.lexpublib.org. Library staff will be compensated according to LPL’s emergency pay procedures.