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Message from City Librarian about Closure

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Dear Library Community,

I am writing to update you with the latest information about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting Library services. On Friday, March 17, 2020, in accordance with the Santa Clara County’s order to shelter in place, the City Manager announced the closure of all library branches and suspension of bookmobile service at least until May 3rd.  As always, the health and safety of our patrons and staff is a top priority.  The purpose of this closure is a preventative measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This was a difficult decision to make, but a necessary one. It is our hope that by doing so, we will be able to better protect both you, your family, and our staff from this virus.  

We have extended the due dates for all items by six weeks and no fines will be charged during this time.  If the closure extends beyond this time, the library will provide additional extensions.  There is no need to return items to the library at this time. Please keep the items until your new due date.     

Even though our branches are temporarily closed, your library card can give you access to a wide variety of digital materials.  Visit to get started: 

• Ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby and Hoopla
• Movies, music, and more can also be found through Hoopla 
• Digital magazines are available through Flipster
• Children’s materials can be found on BookFlix and TumbleBooks
• And there are many more services which can be found on our digital library page

If you have questions, staff are available by email
to assist you.

We recognize the impact this closure will have on our community and we thank you for your understanding as we all try to navigate through this unprecedented situation. We know that this disruption will be difficult, but temporary. And we very much look forward to being able to open our doors and welcome you back soon.  

To see how Santa Clara is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, we encourage you to visit for up-to-date information.

With warm regards,

Hilary Keith
Santa Clara City Librarian

Updated March 31, 2020 to include extended deadline to May 3rd, 2020.