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Library card accounts available online during closure

Plumas and Sierra Counties are observing California’s statewide stay home, stay safe order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which means local library branches and stations will remain closed a while longer.

As of press time, Plumas County is keeping the libraries closed until further notice and that decision is subject to change depending upon public health needs plus a lifting of the stay-home directive.

Children’s resources and more

The good news is: your library card account privileges make it easy to enjoy several free online services while you are practicing all that temporary social distancing.

From the convenience of home, patrons can stream movies, read ebooks or digital magazines, listen to audiobooks and much more.

Links also include sources for activities and games designed for youngsters and the library offers online cultural options like concerts and virtual museum tours, student learning help and other services. These will not require a library card or payment, Plumas County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs said.

For information, call 283-6310 or visit www.plumaslibrary.org.

Library card accounts online

Don’t have a current library card? No problem.

Fuchs announced this week that you can apply for a library card account number by contacting the main branch during the shutdown.

Simply email your name, mailing address and phone number to the Quincy Library Branch at [email protected] and they will assign you a library card number.

This temporary service will only work for online library resources during the health crisis response.

“After the stay-at-home directive is lifted, bring in your ID and you can pick up your actual library card as we change it into a regular account,” Fuchs explained.

New due dates for all library items already checked out

– If you already have items checked out from the library, all due dates will automatically be extended to seven days after the library branches and stations reopen.

– Although the new due date will not show on your account, you do not need to renew items during the closure and you will not be charged fines for overdue items during this time frame.

– Borrowers are reminded that donations and “zip book” requests are not being accepted until the libraries reopen.

– Branch staffers are not available to empty the book drops during the closure, so please wait before you return items.

– Patrons, please note the branches are operating on limited staff hours in Quincy, Chester and Portola. If you need to reach the Greenville Library Branch or Sierra County Stations, please contact the Quincy Branch at 283-6310 and they will respond as soon as possible.

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