COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for current medical information.

Prevention is our first priority here at DC Public Library. All DC Public Libraries will remain closed through the duration of the public health emergency. The Library will be locking all book drops so please keep borrowed items until the Library reopens. All late fees will be waived and hold expirations will be extended.

We invite you to explore our digital offerings by visiting goDigital. The Library has curated resources to help library customers of all ages find the perfect thing to:

Please continue to visit our website for updates to our operating schedule. You can also follow the library on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

For further information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you have symptoms, please visit

Click here for resources in translated languages.

Everyday actions to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Stay home from work until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours and without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

Stop stigma:

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Coronavirus (COVID-19) started geographically in Wuhan, China. Having Chinese ancestry — or any other ancestry — does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness.

  • Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill. People wear masks for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution and for cultural and social reasons. We should not judge someone for wearing a mask or assume they are sick.

  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read discriminatory comments. Correct false information and remind the person that prejudiced language and actions make us all less safe. If discrimination occurs, report it to D.C.’s Office of Human Rights at 202-727-4559.

  • Show compassion and support for those most closely impacted. Listen to, acknowledge and, with permission, share the stories of people experiencing stigma, along with a message that bigotry is not acceptable in our community.