Just as soon as New York City public libraries announced they canceled all of their public programming but would remain open, now they have announced they will close entirely through at least Tuesday, March 31.
In a joint statement, the City’s three public library systems state:
“After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all New York Public Library locations will be closed to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31.
“We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our communities and for the safety of our patrons and staff. It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but the responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.”
Thankfully you can still access e-books (via their e-reading app SimplyE) and digital resources such as our Ask NYPL reference / help service, expert staff recommendations, research tools, and information on how to take the Census online.
All book late fees and due dates will be suspended.
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