covid-19

First Regional Library & COVID-19: FAQ and Resources

While First Regional Library physical locations remain closed, library staff will continue providing as many digital services as possible for patrons. We’ve answered some commonly asked questions about this temporary transition in services below. Please be sure to share this information with friends, family and neighbors.

1.  All library cards due to expire since March 9th and throughout the duration of the closure have been automatically extended. Existing library card holders should be able to proceed as usual with their online checkouts, downloads, etc. If you don’t have a library card yet, you can get one for immediate digital access using your phone number via our Overdrive service here.

2.  Book returns are now open at all branches that are offering curbside service. Those locations are here.

3.  All items currently on hold will remain on hold, for the time being. Holds WILL NOT expire during the closure period.

4.  While all cards, due dates and holds have been extended, it’s possible you will receive an automated message from the system via email. Please disregard any overdue notices until we reopen to the public. If you have a problem with your account, please contact feedback@firtregional.org.

5. Curbside Pickup Service and Books By Mail are now available.

5. Deposit collections of books at all community locations (such as nursing homes, daycares, preschools) will not have their regularly scheduled pickup and exchange of library materials at this time. The librarians who normally coordinate those collections with your organization will be in touch shortly after we reopen to schedule a new delivery.

6. For remote access to MAGNOLIA, the Statewide databases used by all public schools and universities in Mississippi, a code is required. Please email feedback@firstregional.org with “Magnolia” as the subject line, and the access code will be emailed to you.

7.  During this time, we have made some changes to our Overdrive digital service. These changes are detailed here.

8. WiFi is available in our parking lots. No login or password required. Please contact feedback@firstregional.org if the WiFi isn’t working and we will do our best to get it fixed.

9. We have compiled a page of resources to help families enjoy reading and books from home.

If you have any questions about the library closure or about how to access library services during this time, please contact us at feedback@firstregional.org.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES:

For more information on the public health situation as it evolves, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health  or the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency for more information. You may also call the Department of Health hotline at 877-978-6453.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful fact sheets that outline How to Protect Yourself   and What to Do If You Are Sick .