Davidson Branch Library to Close to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library issued the following statement this morning:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library considers the health and safety of our customers and staff a top priority. Due to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina and the recommendations from Governor Cooper and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and all its branch locations and material drop boxes will close Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. until further notice. All programs, services, outreach activities, and meeting room reservations have been cancelled.
“To protect the health and safety of our Library employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to close Library locations. Our organization’s heart is public service, but at this moment public safety requires our greater attention. We hope to re-open our Libraries soon,” says Lee Keesler, CEO of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
The Library will extend checkout and return dates of all material until the Library re-opens.
While the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations are closed, cardholders and community are encourages to explore and use the Library’s digital resources, including e-books and audiobooks; streaming TV, movies, and music; online classes; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. To access digital resources, a Library card and PIN are needed. If you don’t yet have a Library card, apply online and you can being using your account immediately. Digital resources, library card sign-up, and more are available at cmlibrary.org
Wi-Fi signal will be extended at each branch to reach the perimeter of the facility and online chat will be available between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“While we are physically closed, we will continue serving customers online and with Wi-Fi shrives, ” says Dane Sure, acting library director for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. “We look forward to introducing Library customers to digital resources they may not have used before.”
We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation before reopening. Any updates will be posted on our website as well as on our social media pages. For more information on how to reduce your risk to exposure of COVID-19, please visit the Library’s informational blog here.
This is not a decision we made lightly. This pandemic calls for drastic measures in order to slow the spread of the virus. Please join us in doing your part to stop the spread of germs and disease.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library