As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the libraries in the SAILS network want to let you know the measures we are taking to provide service to our patrons and students during this period. Our libraries are committed to delivering essential services while also protecting the health and safety of staff and all of our users.
The below information has been updated as of 4/3/2020.
All SAILS libraries are now closed. We will post a spreadsheet of open libraries once they begin opening again.
Your library checkouts
SAILS libraries want to give you plenty of time to return material after they re-open. For public library patrons, due dates have been extended to June 4, 2020. This due date has been applied to all materials originally due March 1 or later. Many libraries have applied this extended date to checkouts due before March 1. Log into your account in the SAILS catalog to see which of your checkouts have been extended. More info on logging into your account
All school library checkouts have been extended to May 11, a week after schools are scheduled to open in the Commonwealth. Students and faculty at SAILS academic libraries should contact their libraries with questions about extended due dates.
Due dates may be extended again if needed.
Patrons and students will be able to continue placing holds on material during this period, however, the statewide service that delivers materials from one library to another has been suspended. Your holds will not be filled until libraries re-open and delivery service is restored. Please understand that there will be a delay in filling these holds at that time.
If your hold arrived at your library before it closed, and you did not have a chance to pick it up, we have extended the pickup date to May 15. This new date will give you a few days to pick up your hold when your library reopens. This date may be extended again if needed.
All of our libraries provide access to online materials. E-books, audiobooks, and e-magazines are available through the SAILS Overdrive collection. We recommend using the Libby app to access these resources.
Your library may also have online collections available. Be sure to visit their web sites to see what else may be available to use while you’re at home.
For people who do not yet have a library card, you can easily sign up for one by filling out the form at https://www.sailsinc.org/my-account/get-a-library-card/. During the COVID-19 epidemic, this card will be good for two months before you need to visit a library to upgrade it to a permanent card.
If your SAILS card was set to expire in March or April, you can continue using your card through July 1 so that you can access these online resources. If you are still unable to access resources due to an expired card, please contact your library to see if it can be extended.
Contact your library if you have further questions.