Coronavirus (COVID-19) and BCPL

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Come on in… All BCPL locations are open to the public for limited hours and services!

Our operating status will continue to be subject to change based on Bullitt County incidence rates. However, we will remain open as “Limited Access” for as long as incidence rates remain Accelerated (orange) or better. If incidence rates reach Critical (red) again, we will return to operating as “Curbside Only” for at least the next two days.

Visitor hours are:

MONDAY–THURSDAY

  • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM & 2:00–7:00 PM @Ridgway Memorial, Hillview, Lebanon Junction & Mt. Washington
  • 11:00 AM–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 @Ridgway Memorial, Hillview, Lebanon Junction & Mt. Washington
  • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM @Nichols

SUNDAY

  • 2:00–4:00 PM @Ridgway Memorial only
Curbside Pickup Hours

 

MONDAY–THURSDAY

  • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM @Ridgway Memorial, Hillview, Lebanon Junction & Mt. Washington
  • 12:00–6:00 PM @Nichols

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

  • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM @All Locations

SUNDAY

  • 2:00–4:00 PM @Ridway Memorial only

Phone & Virtual Assistance Hours (including calls about Curbside Pickups)

MONDAY–THURSDAY

  • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM @Ridgway Memorial, Hillview, Lebanon Junction & Mt. Washington
  • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM @Nichols

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

  • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM @All Locations

SUNDAY

  • 1:00–5:00 PM @Ridway Memorial only

 

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
  • Wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines when you visit any BCPL location. If you do not have a mask, we are happy to provide you with a disposable mask while supplies last.
  • Limit library visits to no more than 45 minutes even when visitors are permitted inside. Shorter visits will help us maintain building capacity limits while providing services to all members of the community who wish to visit the library.
  • 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.

  • All BCPL locations are now open to visitors during select hours. Services available inside the library include collection browsing and checkouts (we also have a new self-check option!) and copy and fax services. Public meeting space, including meeting rooms and study rooms, are not currently available.
  • We are also offering public computer access, including print services and assistance as needed. Workstations are socially distanced inside the library proper and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons should limit computer time to one 30-minute session per day when possible. A maximum of two people per household are be permitted to share a computer station.
  • 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 laptop or 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: