COVID-19 Updates

According to Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan, public libraries in Indiana have the ability to phase in services according to local needs, staff capacity, and the community’s situation. Since MCPL locations closed to the public in March, our staff have worked to provide library services in new ways, including Wi-Fi access in our parking lots, virtual programming, enhanced digital resources, and more. MCPL is excited to phase in additional services and committed to doing so in a responsible and measured way for the safety of our staff and patrons.

Due to the increases of Coronavirus cases, we will close our buildings to the public beginning Monday, November 30th.

  • We will offer curbside pick up of holds at each location according to the schedule below.

  • Wi-fi is available in all of our parking lots.

  • Electronic resources, including downloadable books, movies and magazines  are available 24/7 from our Electronic Resources and Databases page.

Current Hours

Brooklyn Branch
Tuesday & Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eminence Branch
Monday & Wednesday 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Main Library (Martinsville)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monrovia Branch
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Morgantown Branch
Monday & Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waverly Branch
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MCPL closely monitors CDC guidelines in order to establish safety procedures. Below are some steps we are taking to minimize the risk for our staff and patrons:

SAFETY OF OUR PATRONS AND STAFF

  • Requiring all patrons and staff to wear masks
  • Providing contactless curbside pick-up
  • Posting safety guidelines at our entrances
  • Enhanced cleaning of all high-touch surfaces
  • Quarantining all returned materials for 72 hours before reshelving
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations in the branches along with hand soap in all restrooms. All staff and patrons are encouraged to practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enacting social distancing procedures to maintain at least a six-foot distance between people
  • Requiring staff to monitor their health and wellness before reporting to work
  • Altering methods of service to adhere to social distancing requirements
  • Cancelling programs, study room and community room reservations for the foreseeable future
  • Plastic shields for all service desks.
  • Furniture will be rearranged to discourage lounging.
  • Floors will be marked to indicate 6 foot social distance.
  • The number of people in the building will be limited

ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR OUR STAFF

  • Providing written procedures for new service models
  • Vulnerable employees are eligible for work accommodations

Useful Links

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Indiana State Department of Health

Morgan County Health Department

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will the library return to its pre-COVID hours?
Opening dates are undetermined at this time. We are closely monitoring all federal, state, and local guidance in order to make decisions in the best interest of our staff and patrons. We will continue to update our website with current information, so please watch our website and Facebook pages for updates. 

How can I get books from the library?
All locations are open for curbside pick-up.   For curbside service, simply place a hold on your materials through our online catalog, or by calling your branch. The Library will notify you when your items are available. When you arrive, call the branch and we will bring your materials out for you to retrieve. Please wait until the staff member retreats before approaching to get your materials. And, our digital resources are always available!

Can I return my materials?
Yes! You can return items in Library book returns or during open hours.   Please be aware that when items are brought back, we will move them into a separate quarantine area. Items will sit for 72 hours before we check them in, so they will show on your account for an additional three days after you return them. This quarantine period ensures that items won’t be reshelved until the potential contamination period has passed.

When can we start coming to programs again?
We are limiting social gatherings right now, and are suspending in-house programs until further notice. While we can’t gather together, our staff are busy planning fun and engaging virtual events. Connect with staff and friends through virtual book discussions, watch your favorite librarians sing storytime songs and rhymes, and create crafts with our craft kits that can be picked up at any library branch.

What’s available online?
MCPL’s online services have been expanded for you! Patrons are encouraged to use the library’s extensive catalog of digital resources during the closure, including e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and more. Hoopla checkouts have been expanded to 6 items per month (instead of the usual 4).

How can I get a library card?
Residents of the MCPL district who do not have a card are encouraged to apply for a card online; staff will process your card and send you a card number for online access as quickly as possible.

Help! My card has expired!
Give your local branch a call, or use our Contact Us page to let us know your name and library card # and we’ll extend your expiration date.