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During the Safer-at-Home order the Louisville Public Library will continue to be closed to the public.  We will begin offering contactless curbside pickup of library holds, and the book return will be open, Wednesday through Friday, starting May 20. View more information about Curbside Holds Pick-Up & Book Returns.  For more information about all City facilities, visit the COVID-19 webpage.

We Are Just a Click Away!

Library at NightFor anyone missing the library, we are just a click away! The Louisville Public Library has always had many online resources and services available, but we have more virtual offerings now than ever before.

Last week, the Library debuted a YouTube Channel to host online Story Times as well as how-to videos to illustrate many of the online resources and services the library offers, including how to get a library eCard and download ebooks and eAudiobooks!

The Youth Services department also created a new Story Time Community Resource web-page, to connect with our story time families while the library is closed.

Commenting, Children’s Librarian, Lindsay Huth said:

“Reading to your children every day and engaging them in rhymes, songs, and stories is one of the best things you can do to help them grow into readers.  We are posting videos of some of our story time favorites, along with some new content for you to try out while you’re home together.”

The Youth Services staff is also encouraging patrons to comment and request songs and rhymes that you would like to see in one of our upcoming videos!

Many of our online services have recently gotten an upgrade as well! 

Services like the library’s subscription to Ancestry.com, which had previously only been available in the library, is now accessible from home for the duration of the closure. 

As you may already know, TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your kids can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. 

TumbleBooks now also includes TeenBookCloud, a grades 7-12 ebook database, and RomanceBookCloud, a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd, as well as TumbleMath and AudioBookCloud! All of the TumbleBook databases can be accessed on our website.

Commenting on these online services, Director of Library and Museum Services, Sharon Nemechek said:

“Connecting with our community is now more important than ever. I’m so glad we can offer a full range of online resources, from story time to Consumer Reports. Visit us online to find an article for your child’s school assignment, a great tool for learning a new language, step-by-step crafts for the whole family, eBooks for all interests and up-to-the-minute news from the NY Times. We have it all! We look forward to seeing you in person again soon. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other.”

For a full list of all our online resources, visit the Learning and Research section of our website. 

Remember that while the library is closed:

  • Items currently checked out have had due dates extended for the duration of the closure

  • No fines will accrue on any items for the duration of the closure

  • Book Drops are closed, please keep all materials until further notice

  • Patrons will not be able to place holds to be picked up at Louisville during the closure

  • Holds currently on the hold shelf will be available for patrons when the library re-opens

Check our website for more information about Louisville Public Library Services, Resources and a growing list of additional FREE online resources for you and your family.

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