Updated 3/24/20, 2:40 pm
Dear Library Patrons:
Today, Governor Inslee issued additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including closing public schools throughout the state. He also requested that other agencies and organizations do their part to minimize the spread within our communities. After much discussion with staff and our Board of Trustees, and in accordance with public health guidance, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries has made the difficult decision to close our libraries to the public starting at the end of business March 14. We will remain closed until further notice.
During the next few weeks we will take advantage of the closures to thoroughly clean all our locations and to create plans on how to restart services as soon as possible.
We understand the value you place in your libraries and the services we provide. While patrons can continue to use many of our services such as electronic books, streaming movies, and resources through our website, we know the library is more than just books. Many people count on us to provide in-person learning services and gathering spaces. We are choosing to balance the greater good to our community with a temporary loss of those services on which you rely.
For those of you who have already borrowed library materials, nothing will be due during the closure as all due dates will be suspended. Please feel free to hang on to any checked out materials until the libraries reopen. As always, we do not charge late fees for overdue items.
During the closure, patrons are encouraged to use FVRLibraries online resources and services. Residents in our service area can sign up for an eCard for instant online access to:
- eBooks and eAudiobooks
- Streaming TV, movies, and kid's educational programming
- Streaming and downloadable music
- Online Magazines and Newspapers
- Online databases and more
- Tax filing resources
We look forward to welcoming you back into our buildings when this virus runs its course and our communities begin to reconvene and rebuild a sense of normalcy. We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. Until then, visit us at www.fvrl.org to stay up-to-date on our closure and to take advantage of our great digital resources.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding,