Coronavirus (COVID-19) and BCPL

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)UPDATED 11/19

In response to increased incidence rates in Bullitt County and Executive Order 2020-968, we have adopted a new system for determining our opening status.

Currently, all locations are operating as “Curbside Only,” meaning buildings are closed to the public but library staff remains onsite to provide curbside, phone, and virtual services. We will continue operating as “Curbside Only” through at least Sunday, December 13th, for the duration of the Executive Order.

Once the order expires and Bullitt County incidence rates improve, moving from Critical (red) to Accelerated (orange) for two consecutive days, library doors will open the following day. We will then operate as “Open Access” for as long as incidence rates remain Accelerated (orange) or better. If incidence rates reach Critical again while we are operating as “Open Access,” we will return to operating as “Curbside Only” for at least the next two days.

Open Access Hours (when available)

MONDAY–THURSDAY

  • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM & 2:00–7:00 PM
    @Ridgway Memorial, Hillview, Lebanon Junction & Mt. Washington
  • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM & 3:00–6:00 PM @Nichols
  • On Mondays and Thursdays, the first morning hour at each location will be reserved for at-risk patrons.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

  • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM & 2:00–4:00 PM @All Locations

During this time, we are asking that you:

  • Use your library card—and spread the word! While many entertainment venues and other resources are unavailable at this time, your Bullitt County Public Library card provides you with endless adventures and resources. This includes digital checkouts, physical books and materials, exclusive online learning resources, and more. If you don’t have a library card or if your card has expired, we can help with that too! You don’t even have to leave home unless you want to.Apply for a Digital Only Account  Renew My Library Card
  • Return items when you are done with them if you are able to do so. But if you can’t, don’t worry! Overdue fees will remain suspended until further notice. We do not want anyone who is sick to feel obligated to return items, and we also understand that there may be other factors affecting your ability or comfort level to return items at this time.
  • Please be aware that returned items will not clear from your account immediately. After items are retrieved from our book drops, they will be immediately quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before they are checked in. This will help decrease risks to our staff and chances of contamination to other library equipment.
  • Follow us on Facebook to enjoy a variety of virtual events and keep up with the latest announcements and recommendations for things to do and explore. Find us on Instagram and YouTube, too!
  • Remember that we’re all in this together! Take care of yourselves and your families, and we’ll continue doing everything we can to provide the service and resources you’ve come to expect from BCPL. If there is something we can do to help, let us know!

Your Library: #HealthyAtHome, #HealthyAtWork

During this time, your library staff continues to serve the Bullitt County community.

  • We are available to answer questions, to offer virtual services, and to provide assistance and hopefully a smile or two. You can reach us by phone, e-mail, or our Ask a Librarian chat feature.
  • We are accepting Curbside Pickup requests by phone, or you can place holds requests through the library catalog or BCPL app. If you place holds requests online, you will be contacted when your items are ready. Available pickup times are limited, and requests are currently limited to 25 items per account per pickup.
  • We are reaching out to community organizations and at-risk individuals through wellness calls, handmade cards, and more.
  • The 24 Hour Library machines, located at Ridgway Memorial Library and the new Nichols branch, are being restocked regularly. These automated machines provide access to physical books, DVDs, Blu-rays, and audiobooks 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • We invite you to explore our digital media collection and premier online learning and research tools. We offer e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies and television, digital magazines, and more that you can access from home or wherever you feel safe.
  • The force is strong with us! If you have a smart device but no internet access at home, our high-speed public Wi-Fi signals have been repositioned to cover the maximum surrounding area possible.
  • We are continuously adding new materials, exploring new resources, and developing more virtual program options.

Recommended Resources

Library staff cannot provide medical advice, but we are happy to help you find credible sources to help you make informed decisions about your health.

Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce

The local chamber of commerce has compiled a helpful, annotated list of business, community, and shopping resources. Missing your favorite restaurants? They have a list of restaurant carryout options, too!

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information. Provided information on COVID-19 includes:

Kentucky Department for Public Health
COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-722-5725

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is responsible for developing and operating state public health programs and activities for the citizens of Kentucky. Find updated Kentucky case statistics and other information and recommendations.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, they provide up-to-date, reliable information including: