Due to growing concerns related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pataskala Public Library will be extending our closure until at least Monday, May 4, 2020.
Per the governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order and in the interest of public safety, the library hopes that these precautions will help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our community. This decision was made based on recommendations of local authorities, health departments, and government representatives.
Digital resources remain available 24/7. Please keep borrowed items until the library reopens. Do not put them in the book drop. No fines or fees will accrue while the library is closed.
In addition to regular operations, all programs are canceled through May 2. That includes any groups that had reserved study room.
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing. As new information is made available, the Pataskala Public Library will continue to enhance plans and communicate changes via pataskalalibrary.org/content/covid-19-library-message-patrons
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we face this health emergency together.
- Monday, March 16 - Sunday, May 3: Closed to the public. All borrowed items should be kept until the library reopens.
- Monday, May 4: Reopen to the public, pending further notice.
I want a library card! How do I get one?
Fill out this online form. Then we'll contact you within 72 hours with your temporary library card number. You'll be able to use this number to gain access to thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, reference databases, and more.
I have overdue items. What should I do?
Please keep all borrowed items until the library reopens (with an additional grace period of up to 10 days from reopening). No fines or fees will accrue while the library is closed.
There's a problem with my library card. Who should I contact?
Restoring access to your library card account is important to us. Please contact us at 740-927-9986 (leave a voicemail message), by email at email@example.com, or through Facebook Messenger. Provide your name and library card number. We will get back to you shortly.
While the library was closed, I accrued fines or fees on my account. What should I do?
Despite our best efforts, some fines or fees may have accrued for items due while we were closed. Please contact us at 740-927-9986 (leave a voicemail message), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through Facebook Messenger. Provide your name and library card number. We will get back to you shortly. We can waive any fines or fees for you.
I have a reserved item ready for pickup. What should I do?
Your item will remain on our hold shelves until we reopen. Items can be picked up within 5 days after reopening.
I just reserved an item online. What will happen next?
This item will be set aside for you and may be picked up when we reopen.
What digital resources can I access from home?
Download or stream ebooks and more, 24/7. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Your PIN will be the last 4 digits of your phone number.
- Ohio Digital Library – 150,000+ popular ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Kindle compatible (10 items at a time)
- Fix your car with Chilton Library
- Develop in-demand skills with Lynda.com
- Get homework help or career advice with Research Databases.
- …and more
What other services are available while the library is closed?
- Virtual Storytimes with Ms. Rita on Facebook
- Imagination Library
- Little Free Libraries
- Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online virtual robotics and coding courses for primary, middle, and high school students and teachers affected by school closures due to COVID-19.
- Learning at home resources: Several at-home learning options are available for pre-K through 12th grade students and adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I want to keep in touch. How do I do that?
Library staff will be posting regular updates & tips in the following places:
What else should I know?
All volunteer shifts are cancelled while the library is closed. No delivery of materials will occur during this time. Similar to all other borrowed items, no fines or fees will accrue for items borrowed from other libraries, including through SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
Where can I find more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
I have a question. Who can I contact?
Please contact us at 740-927-9986 (leave a voicemail message), by email at email@example.com, or through Facebook Messenger. We will get back to you shortly.
Pataskala Public Library is closed until May 4th – subject to review based upon ongoing developments with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We are asking patrons to hold on to your materials and not return them in our bookdrop. We are fine free and your items will not be due the days that we are closed. If you have any items on the hold shelf, it will be waiting for you when we reopen. If you have a hold, you will maintain your place in line.
During this situation the library’s online resources are available to cardholders, including eBooks, eMagazines, downloadable audiobooks, and research tools for online learning.
Pataskala Public Library is committed to serving the needs of the public while also working to ensure the safety and health of our customers, staff and the community.
Pataskala Library Administration will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please be patient and take care of yourself, your families, and each other.
To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
- Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.
Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus
ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.
The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our services. For the latest information, please check our website at https://www.pataskalalibrary.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.