Salt Lake Co. libraries offering curbside pickup, online services

Posted at 2:40 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 16:41:17-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Local libraries are beginning to expand the services they can offer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Tuesday, all of Salt Lake County's libraries are offering curbside pickup.

"People can put books on hold at the library and once they are ready you can come make an appointment to stop by and pick up your books while practicing social distancing," said Salt Lake County Library spokeswoman Sara Neal said.

Salt Lake County's libraries could be open for a limited number of public visitors as early as July.

"Right now, we are going day by day. Our goal is to be able to open up the branches in a limited capacity either by appointment or just opening up to a smaller number of people and time in early July," Neal said.

For now, book drop-offs are open for returns and there are virtual live-streams to keep people connected during this time of isolation.

“Every day, we have a librarian that does a live storytime for kids ages zero to five. We have book clubs that are available. We have groups of teens who gather together virtually and share their love for anime," Neal said.

Other available resources include librarian consultations via Zoom and assistance with resumes for those looking for work. You can even take online classes to learn a new language.

"If you have a library card you can log into Rosetta Stone and learn another language in your free time if you have free time right now," Neal said.