Curbside & outdoor services are now available!
Library services adapted for COVID-19
Current scientific consensus is that enclosed public spaces with a lot of high-touch surfaces, like public libraries, are some of the highest-risk areas for the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are working hard to adapt all of our library services and facilities for safe public use. We ask for your patience while we develop and launch new services and new ways of using the library. The following services are now available:
- Park and Surf. Dedicated parking spots are available to access the library’s wifi service 24 hours a day.
- Books-by-Mail. During the COVID-19 emergency, we are happy to mail print items, including books and summer reading kits, to your home with a free return label!
- Grab-and-Go curbside pickup. You can order books online or over the phone and pick them up at the Drop Spot. We will check the items out to you, and they will be in a paper bag with your name on it when you come to pick them up.
- Special items available curbside. DVDs, summer reading packets, learning kits, webcams, and other special items are available to pick up curbside. Call the library for details.
- Interlibrary loan. You can now order books from other libraries again! Go online to order from our partner libraries in Franklin and Wakulla, or give us a call if you need to find another title that is not in our collection.
- Drop off copy service. If you need copies made, please call the library so we can make socially distanced arrangements at the Drop Spot.
- Self service copier. A small copier is available at the Drop Spot during normal business hours.
- Notary by appointment. Call the library to schedule an appointment for the notary to meet you at the Drop Spot.
- Tax forms. 1040 and 1040SR forms are available at the Drop Spot.
- Handwashing station. An outdoor handwashing station is available to help you keep hands clean while using the library or walking around Monticello!
- Ask about other services. We will try to assist you!
Using the Drop Spot
- Keep it no-contact. Avoid getting within 6 feet of other patrons or staff.
- Wear a face covering. Protect our community by wearing a mask, face shield or bandanna over your mouth and nose while you use library services.
- Call for assistance if needed. If you are having trouble, please give us a call so we can assist you.
- Circulating technology.
- Library visits by appointment.
- Low-contact foyer services/social services.
What’s going on inside the library?
We are making big changes so that you can enjoy the library again. These include setting up shields for library staff, moving and storing some furniture, making sure our collection of books is organized (and purchasing new titles!), and improving ventilation with new filters. It’s probably unlikely that there will be public events at the library for some time, but we are looking at new ways to improve the grounds and gardens so that there are many different ways to enjoy the space.
Library staff have continued to work through the emergency. We have been practicing social distancing and sanitizing surfaces daily. We have plenty of hand sanitizer as well! While we are now handling circulating books, we are taking special precautions, including minimizing contact with books, wearing masks and gloves, and putting returned books in a 4 day quarantine in a sanitized room before they are checked in. You can keep up with all of our new services, including our online events, on Facebook.
Stay in; reach out
This is a hard and frightening time for a lot of people, especially our elders and other vulnerable people who are being asked to stay in. People who work in retail and food service; authors and performers; and gig workers may be facing a sudden loss in income. If you are at less risk, consider running errands, checking on seniors, teaching people how to use video calling and conferencing, and calling elders frequently so they know they are not alone.
It is normal to feel stressed and uncertain during a disaster. If you’d like to talk to someone, you can call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can use your relay service to call 1-800-985-5990. If you are in a good place, consider volunteering for a mental health hotline.
The Florida Department of Health has set up a 24 hour COVID19 hotline: 1-866-779-6121 .
You can report price gouging to the state Attorney General at: 1-866-966-7226. Actions like reselling cleaning items at a profit are illegal.
Do not let people take advantage of your vulnerability during disasters. There are laws protecting you from eviction, scams, abuse, price gouging, and mistreatment. You still have legal and constitutional rights. If you are a senior, you can call the Senior Legal Helpline 1-888-895-7873 for legal guidance. No matter your age, you can go to https://floridalawhelp.org/ to get legal guidance.
If you are a Jefferson County resident and need a connection to other kinds of assistance, please reach out to the library 850-342-0205. We can help connect you to the local government and other high quality resources. We can also provide you with reliable scientific information about COVID19 as well as the latest emergency guidance.