The Columbus Metropolitan Library will close all its locations from 6pm Friday, March 11, 2020 in response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s orders closing all K-12 schools and prohibiting mass gatherings as a result of the global corona virus outbreak.
“All library locations will close effective at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13 and remain closed through at least April 6,” said Patrick Losinki, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library.
“This decision was not made lightly. The scientific evidence that early social distancing can help stop the spread of the coronavirus is a compelling factor in taking this precautionary step on behalf of our customers, staff and the community during this pandemic.”
“We will continue to follow guidelines provided by our local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” he added.
According to him, “while our locations will be closed for this extended period of time, digital library resources are available on our website, columbuslibrary.org, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music, plus research and learning tools.”
“The safety of customers and staff is a priority for the library. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check our website for updates. We will keep you informed of additional changes in operation as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues to unfold.”