Community Letter about Library Closures
March 13, 2020
Dear Santa Clara Community,
We are at an unprecedented moment in our city, state, and country. I want to express my gratitude for your continued patience as we adjust our operations because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As you are aware, I proclaimed a local state of emergency for the City of Santa Clara on March 11, 2020. Based on the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s orders to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 in the county, the City has implemented several service changes, and we have been working round-the-clock to assess what that guidance means for the Library.
After much discussion, and in accordance with public health guidance, Santa Clara City Public Libraries will close to support the nation’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We all must do our part to keep our city and region healthy to minimize impacts on the healthcare system and reserve capacity for those in need.
Effective at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, all three Santa Clara City Public Libraries will close. Closure will remain in effect until at least April 6, 2020. We will be in continued contact with public health officials to evaluate our facilities beyond this timeline. The City did not take the decision lightly, now is the time for strong and decisive action in order to protect the public we serve. Also, to protect our staff and volunteers who have been going above and beyond to continue providing service over the last several days as this public health crisis has taken hold.
This does not mean a complete shutdown of Library services. We will continue to provide the many digital services you enjoy so much (https://www.sclibrary.org/home-library). For those of you who have borrowed Library materials in your possession, do not worry – we are extending loan periods during this time, so you do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation.
As this is a very fluid matter, I will continue to keep you updated and share any additional changes. We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. The City thanks you for your understanding, and your effort, cooperation, and sacrifice are appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the libraries when this virus runs its course and our communities begin to reconvene and rebuild a sense of normalcy.
In community spirit,
Deanna J. Santana