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In accordance with the new Shelter in Place order issued by Alameda County, our libraries will remain closed through its end on May 3rd. Read more

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Steps AC Library is taking to respond to Coronavirus

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AC Library Responds to Coronavirus COVID-19    Steps we’re taking to ensure a safe environment for library members

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

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Alameda County Public Health Department http://www.acphd.org/

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AC Library Responds to Coronavirus COVID-19

In accordance with the new Shelter in Place order issued by Alameda County, our libraries will remain closed through its end on May 3rd. 

During this closure, our book drops will be closed. We are asking Library members to hold onto library materials until we have reopened. Members' accounts will not become blocked due to overdue items. There are no fines on overdue materials and library due dates on all checked out items this year have been extended until June 1st. We are unable to process holds on items while we are closed. Holds are suspended from both the new and classic catalogs. Pickup by dates for previously available holds will be extended to May 17th. 

We will remain open 24/7 at www.aclibrary.org and will be expanding our online offerings. A Quick Start Guides tutorial for our online materials, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more is available on the sidebar of our eLibrary.   

Thank you for your understanding during this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming you back to Alameda County Library. 

The following is a list of steps AC Library is undertaking to ensure a safe environment:

  • Posting signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all library locations.

  • Elevating cleaning and sanitizing measures in all public areas.

  • Removing high-touch items from service areas such as headphones, VR headsets, board games, pillows, plush animals and toys. 

Note, the Library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are checked in or used in-house. Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How can people reduce the risk of getting sick and prevent the spread of the coronavirus?

  • Practice good health hygiene and stay home if sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, such as bows, foot taps, elbow bumps or waves.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others.
  • There is NO recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

How can people prepare for the possible disruption caused by an outbreak?

  • Prepare to work from home if that is possible for your job, and your employer.
  • Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
  • Make a child care plan if you or a care giver are sick.
  • Decide how your family will manage a school closure.
  • Plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
  • Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors that are vulnerable to serious illness or death if they get COVID-19.

 

Library Access from Home

Library Access from Home

You can enjoy eResources 24/7 with your library card. Download & stream eBooks, eMagazines, movies, music, and more from the comfort of your home.   

 

Borrowing Library Materials

Borrowing Library Materials    

  • During this time, our book drops are closed. Please hold onto library materials until we have reopened. 
  • Members' accounts will not become blocked due to overdue items.
  • There are no fines on overdue materials and library due dates on all checked out items this year have been extended until June 1st. 
  • We are unable to process holds on items while we are closed. Holds are suspended from both the new and classic catalogs. Pickup by dates for previously available holds will be extended to May 17th. 
  • We no longer have fines for daily overdue library items.
  • Members are billed for items more than 21 days past due. Bills are waived when items are returned in good condition.