COVID-19 Information

IS THE LIBRARY OPEN?

The library is in Phase 3 of our re-opening plan:

Phase 3: Open Monday-Friday, 10:30AM - 5:30PM for printing, faxing, copying, 4 express (30-minute) computers, and library checkout. Curbside checkout is still available. Please call ahead if you need a longer computer session.

Masks are REQUIRED inside the library, and patrons MUST WASH HANDS before using our computers.

Please follow any directions a library staff member gives you, as this plan is subject to change at any point.

library re-opening phases

Phase 3: Open Monday-Friday, 10:30AM - 5:30PM for printing, faxing, copying, 4 express (30-minute) computers, and library checkout. Masks required, limit of 10 patrons inside the building at one time. Browsing limited to 30 minutes per person.

As we monitor COVID-19 in Monroe County and the surrounding counties, the library will shift between phases depending on the total number of active cases.

Regardless of which phase the library is currently operating under, Sweetwater Public Library requires the use of masks and hand-washing while inside the library building.

For more information on active case counts and other Tennessee COVID-19 data, click here.

computers/internet access

The library currently has a 30-minute express computer for walk-in patrons. It does not require a library card to use. We are not offering extended sessions at this time.

There is also FREE Wi-Fi in our parking lot, available from the comfort of your vehicle. Connect to SPL Public Access Wireless, then hit the green Connect button when it asks you to sign in to the network.

curbside service

Method 1 - Reserve Online: Head over to our card catalog, log in with your library account, and search for the items you want. If we have it, it'll appear in the search listings. Click on the "Request This Item" button to reserve the item.

Method 2 - Reserve Over the Phone: Call the library with a list of titles that you know you'd like. Please have a list prepared, as staff may not have time to search for the exact book you're looking for.

Once reserves are placed: Wait about 30 minutes for staff to pull them from the floor, then head over to the library. There are 2 numbered spaces marked for curbside pickup. Give the library a call, let us know which spot you're in, and a staff member will bring them out to your vehicle.

volunteering

For our volunteers' safety, the library is offering two types of volunteer service with the library:

  1. Outdoor Work - If you're able to work outside pulling weeds, raking leaves, and helping maintain our flowerbeds, please email our Volunteer Coordinator and sign up using the form below.

  2. Online Work - The library is asking our volunteers who aren't able/uncomfortable with in-person work to create short craft or story time videos for use on our social media pages. If you're interested in this opportunity, send our Volunteer Coordinator an email to get started.

library program status

At this time, all regularly scheduled programming has been postponed until further notice. Please check Facebook, Instagram, or our website for the latest updates. Digital programming options (videos and interactive escape rooms) are available from the comfort of your home, as well as a list of other virtual activities, educational materials, and important information all in one place.

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