Available Services are Expanding at the Free Library!

By Kate C. RSS Tue, September 8, 2020

We have good news to share! Following the guidance of public health officials, the Free Library is now expanding our available services at some of our locations to include several in-building resources. 

You can now visit several libraries to:

  • Use computers, wireless internet, and printers
  • Utilize grab-and-go holds pickup inside the library
  • Get your questions answered by a reference desk staff member

We take the health of our staff and customers very seriously. When you visit the library:

  • Masks are mandatory. The Free Library will provide masks for those who do not have their own, as supplies allow.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Visits will be limited to no more than 30 minutes per day. Reference service and computer sessions will also have time limits.
  • Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Those not following these guidelines will be asked to leave. For the full list of safety precautions and expectations, please visit our Plan Your Visit page.
We will continue to offer book-drop returns, contactless material pickups, and phone reference services at some libraries. Please visit our locations page to see what is available at your neighborhood library. This page is updated daily, and days / times are subject to change, so please check it regularly.
Don’t forget that many Free Library programs are still taking place virtually! We also continue to offer robust digital resources that you can access anywhere with your library card, including ebooks, audiobooks, movies and TV shows, music, over 100 databases, and the New York Times online.
As things continue to change, you can stay informed in a number of ways:

  • View our COVID-19 resource page, where we will continue to share updates.
  • Visit our blog and follow the Free Library on social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) for up-to-date information.
  • Visit the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 resource page for the latest health information.
  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free alerts with important information about COVID-19 through ReadyPhiladelphia, the City of Philadelphia’s mass communication system.

Until then, we hope you’ll take advantage of the above services! See you soon!

Have a question for Free Library staff? Please submit it to our Ask a Librarian page and receive a response within two business days.

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Oliver Farrare
Thursday, October 1, 2020

As the library re-opens to the public will there be temperature checks? If not what if someone positive visits the library coughs for a brief second or several times within that 30 minute period, doesn't this put staff at risk? I have seen some of your plexi -glass and you mind as well not even have it in place. I've seen more prevention in porn video stores. It seems as if the library system really could care less about their employees.
Keyonia Harrison
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

We have a small library in our community. I love that I can use the library to obtain such a selection of books to read. Thank you!
Ramona Crouch - Chambersburg,Pa
Monday, October 26, 2020

I agree. I just got temperature gunned before i could blink, just to buy shampoo; therefore as an active potential MOD i would def want to see a temp gun provided at any open branch for obvious lawsuit avoiding reasons.
elle boogie - everywhere
Tuesday, November 3, 2020