Libraries closed until further notice

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Checkout periods extended through May 18, no late fees

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System has announced all its library branches will be closed until further notice in a continued effort to decrease risk among patrons and staff during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“The decision to remain closed was a difficult one as we know that patrons in our community see the library as an essential and valuable service,” said Gina Milburn, System director. “We care about our community and want everyone to stay safe and healthy. Please know that we are working to put together a plan that would allow us to roll out limited services in such a way that we are able to keep staff and patrons as safe as possible. We hope to begin to offer these limited services by mid-May.”

All checkout periods as of now will be extended through May 18. All holds will continue to be maintained until the libraries reopens. People may hold onto items they currently have checked out, or they may return materials via the book drops outside each branch library. There will be no penalty for overdue materials during this time.

“There are several ways that you can access Library services online,” Milburn said. “For more information about these services, please visit our web page at You may also want to visit your local branch library’s Facebook Page or the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library’s Facebook Page for information about virtual programming. If you have issues accessing our electronic resources please contact Lee Ann Santee via e-mail at”

There is still access to “parking lot” WiFi at each branch location from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. People using the service will need to select the “BLRL open” network. A password is not required.

“We continue to encourage you to stay informed on the outbreak through the Centers for Disease Control (, the World Health Organization ( and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (,” Milburn said.

Questions or comments may be directed to Milburn via e-mail at

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