The Building May be Closed, but the Library Is Open!
As our society copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, many public institutions are closed: schools, recreation centers, and yes, libraries. If you’re following your library on social media, receiving their email updates, visiting their websites, you may have already seen a message that the library is closed. But take a closer look. Is it really closed? Or is the building closed, while in another sense, the library is still open?
The library is still open because, in our online and highly connected society, libraries provide many of their services and resources via the Internet. For example:
· You might not be able to borrow a book, but you can download an ebook
· You might not be able to attend a program, but you can stream a video
· You might not be able to walk up and ask the librarian for help, but the library might be providing help by telephone, chat, or email