Libraries Closed Temporarily

Health and Safety Alert from the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 8:15 p.m.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will close all of its libraries, including Special Delivery, throughout Mahoning County effective Monday, March 16, through Monday, April 6.

“During today’s [March 15] press conference with Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health Director, the Governor announced more mandatory closings, and Dr. Acton spoke of the importance of taking steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19. In light of this, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will close all of its locations effective immediately. We are planning to remain closed through Friday, April 6 and the Library will be monitoring this rapidly evolving situation as April 6 approaches to make determinations past that date.”

Administrative staff will report to work Monday and Tuesday as plans are made about ways to serve the public during the period of the closing. Patrons are encouraged to use the Library’s website and digital services.

Due dates on library materials will be extended, so that Library patrons will not be charged fines for the time the libraries are closed, including for materials checked out through PLYMC’s libraries. Additionally, fines will not be charged for Search Ohio materials currently on-loan. Book drops will not be available for the return of books during this time. Patrons are advised not to leave materials outside the libraries; this could lead to damaged materials and the patron would be charged for damages and/or replacement materials.

The Library had previously announced that all programming and events are cancelled, including those held by the Friends of the Library. The Friends bookstore, located in the Poland Library, will also be closed.  Library meeting room bookings will not be taken during this time.

Three Mahoning County libraries are polling places: Boardman, East and Newport branches and those libraries will be available for the Mahoning County Board of Elections as polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, March 17.

Libraries in the PLYMC system are: Main Library in Youngstown, and the following branches: Austintown, Boardman, Brownlee Woods, Campbell Library Express (which closed Friday), Canfield, East, Greenford, Michael Kusalaba, Newport, Poland, Sebring, Springfield, Struthers and Tri-Lakes.

Special Delivery, including “Library-by-Mail” services are also closed.

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