#Yours and Our Health and Safety
What health safety precautions are in place to keep customers safe inside libraries?
In addition to temperature checks, covid screenings and mask requirement, public computers and furniture has been arranged to allow for social distancing. A telephone support system has been implemented for customers who need assistance on public computers to allow staff to maintain appropriate distance while providing support. Signage has also been placed to guide customer traffic and queues in ways that are aligned with CDC guidelines.
Health and safety considerations for inside service at all libraries include, but are not limited to.
- All customers and staff must submit to a touchless temperature check, complete a COVID-19 screening form, and wear a mask (everyone 7 years and older) over mouth and nose at all times in the library.
- The first and second floors will be open. Runners will retrieve materials from the third and fourth floors as needed.
- Some public computers---appropriately distanced---are available on the first floor, and socially-distanced seating is in place.
How can we be sure that staff members are not infected with COVID-19?
Before entering the building, staff members will complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and have their temperature taken. If staff report to work ill or are found to be potentially compromised, they will be sent home. While at work, staff will wear masks, wash and sanitize hands frequently, and practice social distancing. Curbside pickup of holds is a contactless process. Your safety and the safety of our staff is our priority.
Should I do anything to sanitize books, dvds and cds when I receive them or before returning them?
No. Items have been carefully handled by staff to avoid any potential contamination. After materials are returned they are being quarantined for 72 hours to allow any potential traces of COVID 19 or other infections agents to expire. (Please note that damage caused to books, dvds or cds by applying cleaning fluids to them may result in damage fees.)
Main, Highlands, Pablo Creek, Southeast, Webb Wesconnett, Argyle, Dallas Graham, Brentwood, Beaches, Bradham and Brooks, Mandarin, University Park, West, South Mandarin, Bill Brinton Murray Hill, Regency Square, San Marco, Willowbranch
At this time branch phone lines are not being answered. Please call (904) 255-2665 if you need assistance.
Meeting rooms are closed and unavailable for use at all Library locations until further notice.
Get your Library materials in a socially distant fashion, with grab-and-go curbside pickup service.
#1. Place your hold
Visit the home page of this website (www.jaxpubliclibrary.org), search for something in the catalog and place it on hold. Pick where you want it to go and we'll ship it there for you.
Need help or not sure exactly what you're looking for? No problem! Call us at (904) 255-BOOK (2665), press Option 2 and our friendly staff will help.
Pro tip: Hold doesn't always mean "go on a waiting list." You can use the hold feature to have a book sent right from one branch/location to the one you want!
You'll receive an email (or phone call) letting you know that your item(s) are ready for you to pick up.
Pro tip: Do you have questions? No problem! Call us at (904) 255-BOOK (2665), press Option 2 and our friendly staff will help.
When you arrive, park in the designated curbside parking spot. Call the number on the sign and we'll get your materials together while you wait in your car.
The staff will bring your items out to you for a contactless pickup experience. They'll place them in your trunk, back seat, passenger seat, rumble seat... whatever works for you! Check your email for a receipt with your due dates.
#Returning Books, DVDs, and CDs
You can return materials to any one of the library’s 21 locations. They do not have to be returned to the same location you borrowed them from.
I returned a book but it still says it’s checked out. Is it lost? What happened?
According to the Center for Disease Control, after 24 hours infectious agents including COVID-19 would not remain on materials (Library Journal: IMLS, CDC: On Staff Safety, Handling Paper In COVID-19 Pandemic). We’re quarantining books, DVDs and CDs for 72 hours after they’re returned (exceeding CDC recommendations) for safe handling of materials. Therefore, books you’ve returned may not be checked back in yet.
If it has been three business days or less since you returned your materials, it is most likely that they are still in quarantine. If it becomes significantly longer, please call (904) 255-BOOK (2665) to inquire about your returned items.
There are no overdue fines applied for materials returned before or on April 30, 2021.
#Donating Books to the Library
Special Collections at the Main library will consider accepting book donations. Please call 904-255-6195 for more information. Other library locations are not accepting donations at this time. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you.
#Other Library Services
Interlibrary Loan is running now. You can request and pick up books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan (please return those items inside an open library).
You can contact the Talking Books Library at 904-255-2665 when prompted select option 2 and staff can direct you to staff in the TBKS Library.
Hours M-F 10-6pm