Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide and Library Actions
The Geneva Public Library is closed for onsite services until further notice. Our reopening date will be determined based on guidance from state and local health officials.
The due date for all borrowed materials has been extended to June 30, 2020.
April 2, 2020-
Geneva's COVID-19 task force has launched a new website, ConnectGeneva.com to help community members learn what's happening in Geneva, connect to resources, find information and videos from community agencies and individuals, and provide feedback about needs or issues they believe need to be addressed.
March 15, 2020-
The Geneva Public Library will be closed to the public on Monday, March 16. We will be open for regular hours from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, the Library will be closed until at least Monday, April 13, pending any new guidance from Ontario County, the City of Geneva, the Geneva City School District, the Pioneer Library System, New York State, and other authorities.
Library staff will be working on Monday to begin preparations for the use of the library on Tuesday and the extended closure. More information will be released on Tuesday, March 17 regarding services that will be available during the extended close and how to contact Library staff with questions.
All library programs, classes, events, and outside group meetings have been canceled, including the AARP tax aide service. If you have a tax aide appointment, you will be contacted by a library staff member in the next couple of days.
Delivery of materials from other libraries has been suspended until further notice. Holds on materials will not be able to be placed at this time. We are deeply sorry for this inconvenience.
Library patrons will not incur fines for any overdue materials during this emergency closure.
March 13, 2020-
The Library's Board of Trustees is meeting on Monday, March 16 at 6:00 PM to approve a response plan that will dictate our approach to cancelling programs, reducing services or access to collections and Library spaces, and closing entirely.
The outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), raises many concerns for the Geneva Public Library. The Library provides access to collections, technology, and programming, which hold a meaningful place in the day-to-day lives of many patrons. We pride ourselves on offering personable service and fostering individual connections. To deprive patrons access to those services and interactions would be a tremendous loss. Yet we are also concerned about the health of patrons, staff, volunteers, and the greater community within which we serve.
Our service interactions put the public, our staff, and volunteers in close contact all day long. As such, the Library is monitoring developments regarding COVID-19. We are continuously evaluating what our organization needs to do so we can continue serving the public while keeping everyone healthy and safe.
As we move forward, we will use the directives of Ontario County, the City of Geneva, the Geneva City School District, the Pioneer Library System, New York State, and other authorities as guidance for our actions. The Library is developing a response plan that will dictate our approach to cancelling programs, reducing services or access to collections and Library spaces, and closing entirely. Trust that any decisions will be made at a Board and administrative level in a careful and deliberate manner that aims to take into account all who are impacted by the Library.
We will use this page as the resource for users who wish to know what steps the Library is taking in light of COVID-19 and how one can find out more information regarding the virus.
While every effort will be made to update this page, patrons should refer to the resource list below for the most current information on COVID-19.
- World Health Organization
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New York State Health Department
- Ontario County Department of Public Health
- US National Library of Medicine
- Documented Cases of Coronavirus in New York
- New Jersey State Library: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Site
- New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline: (888) 364-3065
What We are Doing at the Library
What You Can Do as a Patron