Library Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Updated 3/19/20 2:30 P.M.: All library locations are closed to the public until further notice. We continue to offer online services, home delivery and other core offerings to customers. You also can sign up for a library card online from the comfort of your home.

Please check our website or follow us on social media for updates. Read the library’s statement on COVID-19 and what we’re doing in response. You can reach staff at 407-835-7323 or through online chat, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The administration of the Orange County Library System (OCLS) has announced that, to protect the health of our staff and customers, it will close all 16 locations for an undetermined period of time.

Library administration will closely monitor developments to determine a time when locations can reopen to the public safely. In the meantime, all library-sponsored events have been cancelled through April 30. The cancellation includes camps, classes, events, programs, studio sessions, tours, library pop-ups and outreach events. Online classes will continue to be offered.

Meeting room bookings through April 30 will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. Passport Services appointments have been cancelled through April 30.

Customers can continue to request books, DVDs, and other library materials during this time through our home delivery service. Materials can be returned at any library location using our book returns. Library fines will be suspended for anything due after March 13. Due dates for currently checked out materials will be extended to May 1. We are also extending the checkout period for home delivery items to 56 days.

Holds pickup from our locations will be suspended. If you have designated a location for your holds to be picked up and would like to change to having items delivered to your home, please contact us at mayl@ocls.info or call 407-835-7323 to make this designation. Our call center, Questline, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, OCLS has a wide variety of digital offerings for library cardholders, including ebooks and audiobooks, live online classes, streaming TV and movies, music downloads, databases, digital magazines and more. Visit “How to Social Distance & Still Use Your Library” in our website at ocls.info for more information on how to access these services, or to sign up for a library card online.

The library’s administration is taking the spread of COVID-19 very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. If additional cancellations or closures are necessary, we will announce them on our social media accounts and at ocls.info.

Posted 3/17/2020 2 p.m.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all library locations will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to offer online services, home delivery and other core offerings to customers.

From OCLS

How to Social Distance and Still Use Your Library

Amid ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and directives from public officials to implement social distancing practices, Orange County Library System has decided to cancel all events and classes. The library takes the safety and wellness of our customers and staff very seriously and will do its part in mitigating the current health crisis.

Despite these well-intentioned efforts, we know unplanned time at home can mean resources to keep yourself (or your children, if you’re a caregiver) entertained and away from stressful news coverage during this time can be a challenge to find or afford. You might be wondering how to find entertainment without taking on unexpected expense or where to find learning resources for your children when you’ve suddenly been thrust into homeschooling.

Here is a list of resources you can take advantage of remotely:

The library offers access to a number of digital lending platforms that offer e-books, digital magazines and audiobooks. If you find yourself stressed, this may be a good time to practice some self-care—a light-hearted memoir by your favorite comedian or a compelling suspense thriller may be exactly what you need at this time.

In addition to our online lending platforms, we also offer free home delivery. At this time, the library plans to operate the service as normal. Through our home delivery program, you can request books, CD Books, CDs and DVDS (as well as new release entertainment DVDs). Visit our catalog to make your requests.

 

If you discover that you’ve exhausted your Netflix queue or that you want to find movies you can’t see anywhere else, we also have a comprehensive collection of TV series and films available through several lending platforms.

Kanopy is offering a collection of credit-free movies and documentaries for 30 days thanks to its partners.

 

Music is a healthy tool to quiet the mind and raise your spirits. If you have children at home, an impromptu dance party can be a great way for them to burn off extra energy.

 

Experts recommend trying your best to stick to routines when caring for children during crises. This means that even though schools are closed that it’s helpful to encourage regular wake-up times and to provide structured activities throughout the day. While our digital lending services all offer something for kids, we also have free subscriptions to numerous online learning resources.

(Introduces young children (ages 6 months to 6 years) to learning a foreign language. Using short videos and flash cards, this award-winning program immerses children into a new language)

(An award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten. The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. The curriculum is theme based and fully interactive with sound cues)

(Students can connect with a qualified tutor for expert help in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, English as a Second Language, Computer Literacy, Test Preparation (such as GED, SAT and ACT) and Writing Assistance)

(Science online has experiments, essays, definitions, diagrams and more)

(Offers Quick links to live online tutoring, school subject research guides, research paper writing tips, test preparation and other schoolwork assistance)

(TumbleBook Library is an online collection of e-Books that have animation, sound, music, and narration added to picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you).

World Book Online is a comprehensive online resource to research a variety of academic topics.  Parents can utilize Curriculum Correlations to see how topics relate to their children’s school curriculum.

 

If you are someone who works in a service-based industry that’s gone dark or you’ve been directed to work from home, you may find yourself getting through your regular tasks much faster, leaving you with more free time. Additionally, if you are practicing social distancing and just want to use your time constructively, here are some services that can help.

(Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages)

(Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals through a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts)

(This resource offers step-by-step instructions, photos, diagrams, and much more for automobile repair and maintenance)

(Starting a business and need a plan? Here is a collection of successful business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funds for small businesses throughout North America)

(Gale General OneFile is a one-stop source for information on a wide range of general interest topics. Whether you are looking for information on current events, health care, sports, technology or almost any other inclusive topic, Gale General OneFile has articles you can use)

(Find comprehensive financial information on thousands of mutual funds, including the Morningstar star rating, exchange-traded funds, information on various investment indexes, types, sectors, and styles)

(NoveList has information on over 200,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, including popular author Read-a-likes, book discussion guides, award lists and much more)

(Through our live online classes, you can learn invaluable tech and business skills through the guidance of one of our trained instructors from the comfort of your own home)

 

At-home exercise is a good way to get your body moving (especially if you’re working at home right now). It’s also an effective way to distract the mind and focus on your overall well-being. The library offers a few ways for you to access free at-home workouts:

 

There are literally dozens more online databases and resources available to you for free as a library cardholder. Browse the Learning & Research area of our website to see more. And if you’re not sure what to read next or need ideas on what’s worth borrowing, check out the Staff Picks section of our website to see personal recomemndations from library staff.

As always, you can follow the library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest regarding any changes to services.