Libraries Closed To Help Stop the Spread of Covid-19

Barry-Lawrence Regional Lib

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For Immediate Release

March 16, 2020


The unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis is changing daily life for everyone. The evidence points to early social distancing and helping to slow the spread of the virus.

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library is closing all 9 branch locations beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. until Monday April 6. This includes all classes, storytimes, activities, outreach, and meeting room use.

The decision to close is a difficult one. We care deeply about serving our community, recognizing that the Library and its many services are an invaluable resource. But, we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time.


The library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. Follow us on our Facebook page and check out our website (www.blrlibrary.org) for updates.


All checkout periods, as of now, will be extended through April 6. All holds will be maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked not to return books and other Library materials via our outside drop boxes during this time even if the items are due for return. There will be no penalty for overdue materials during this time.


Patrons with a library card can still access the Library’s menu of digital resources 24/7, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audio books, streaming movies, music, and television shows, as well as online research and learning tools. For more information visit our web page at www.blrlibrary.org.


Wifi coverage has been extended at each branch location from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and can be accessed from outside each building.


BLRL is encouraging patrons to stay informed on the outbreak through the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), the World Health Organization (www.who.int), and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (www.health.mo.gov).

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