Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Libraries and Reading During COVID-19


When libraries shut down in March 2020, I'm not going to lie, I did shed some tears. Even with access to electronic books and audiobooks from Libby or Overdrive, reading or listening to a book electronically is not the same as holding a physical book.

With starting my graduate degree thesis this summer and not having access to physical sources, finding  materials was extremely difficult. I joined an electronic service for a minimal fee that has paid for itself in the last three months. My university library opened, but they didn't have the sources I needed. The local university libraries have not reopened for services yet. I also increased my search for available online journal articles.

My local library opened for carry out services July 7 where I go in and pull my reserves from the shelf and use a contactless check out system.

What are your sources for reading materials during COVID-19? How have you coped during this time without physical library services, and how is your local library currently handling services?

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  1. I work in a public library and staff has recently returned full-time to the building (we had been teleworking since mid-March). But patrons are not yet allowed back into the building. We're offering a patio pick-up service where patrons can make an appointment to pick up their reserves from our outdoor patio (or foyer when it's raining). We also have a personalized pick-up service where patrons can just tell us what they like and a librarian will put together some picks for them to pick up. We're still promoting digital books and services on our website, too.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Lauri! I'm glad to hear that staff have been teleworking and are able to return to offering a pick-up service. Digital books and services are so beneficial. Thank you for your service!

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