Coronavirus Message

Dear Library Patrons,

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County takes the health and well-being of our staff, library users and community very seriously.  We want to share with you what steps we are taking to address concerns over health and safety in our public spaces.

  • All libraries are currently operating with normal hours and with no large-scale changes to programming
  • High traffic areas, such as door knobs, keyboards, and elevator buttons, are cleaned frequently throughout the day
  • All library spaces are cleaned by a professional cleaning crew every 24 hours
  • Items such as costumes, soft-sided toys, puzzles, and board games that cannot be easily sanitized are being temporarily removed from public areas
  • Staff are encouraged to stay home if they are ill or have a fever
  • Library users and staff are urged to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for protecting yourself from the virus including:
    • Covering coughs and sneezes with something other than your hand
    • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Routine wiping and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.

We encourage individuals in vulnerable groups to consider whether coming to the library is in their best interest.  Library services are available by phone (330-744-8636), online (, and through email (


To stay informed of information regarding the virus, we recommend the following authoritative websites that are frequently updated with information

Please remember that libraries are shared public spaces.  For the health and safety of others, please be thoughtful about coming to the library if you are ill or have a fever.  Please do your part to stop the spread of germs and diseases.  Follow the library’s social media feeds (Facebook: LibraryMahoningCounty) and website ( for more information about this rapidly changing public health issue.

Thank you and stay safe.