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An Update Regarding COVID-19 from the Director  • Updated May 23, 2020.

Welcoming You Back with Safety at Heart

Since closing the library in mid-March, our team has been planning for when the library would open and how to open with everyone’s safety in mind. The health and safety of our patrons and staff has always been a priority. Your wellbeing has been a top consideration in every decision we have made. At this time I would like to share with you an update on the Liverpool Public Library’s approach to reopening and welcoming you back.

As with all businesses and services in NYS we must adhere to the guidelines provided by the Governor and the Onondaga County Executive.

During the first phase we will be launching “Grab it and Go: LPL Garage Holds Pick Up” service. We will begin this June 1st. This will be a no-contact pick up service that happens in the library garage. Items can be placed on hold via telephone or online through your library account. We will initially fill holds with items only from our shelves. These items have all met or exceeded quarantine guidelines of 7 days. Holds will be picked up by appointment to eliminate any gathering in the pick-up area. Complete information on Phase 1 and subsequent phases will be forthcoming so be sure to check our website and social media. During this time please continue to enjoy virtual programming and story times offered by our staff online.

To ensure both the safety of staff and that items going out to patrons are safe the following precautions will be in place:

 All items being returned will be quarantined for 7 days before filling any holds.
 Staff will participate in daily wellness screening before coming to work.
 Staff workstations have been set up at safe distances and masks will be required.
 Staff will be trained in handwashing, safe use of gloves and masks, practicing social distancing.
 Cleaning protocols based on CDC and OSHA guidelines have been put into place.

As Director, I take the safety of the library staff and patrons very seriously and believe we have put the necessary steps and procedures in place to ensure we serve you in the safest way possible during this time.

I want to thank you for your loyalty and support of the Liverpool Public Library as we all move through this journey together.

In the meantime, stay well. We look forward to seeing you all in the library in the near future .

Glenna Wisniewski

All our books drops are temporarily closed. We are currently working on a plan for "curbside pickup" to start June 1, please hang on to any returns until we announce more.

The Library is closed until further notice.

As a precautionary measure for public health and safety, The Liverpool Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. All previously scheduled events and programming are now canceled in order to safeguard the health of our staff and visitors.

In times of stress and uncertainty, libraries offer a respite from what's going on in the outside world. We had hoped to remain open to provide that place of solace for our community. We have a responsibility to proactively do our part to promote social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19.

What to Do with Your Items:

  • All our books drops are temporarily closed. We are currently working on a plan for "curbside pickup" to start June 1, please hang on to any returns until we announce more.

  • Due dates have been changed to July 1 

  • Account notifications have been turned off 
  • Holds placed will be kept until July 8 
  • Holds pick up will resume when libraries reopen 
  • No overdue fines at this time
  • If you return items to our bookdrop items will remain on your card but will not generate late fines.

In the meantime, to help you weather the storm and stay connected to LPL you can access much of our collection online through our website using your LPL library card:

Check our social media and website for creative ways our staff will keep you connected for the next two weeks and for any updates regarding the library.

Check our website calendar or call (315-457-0310) for updated information. 


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Glenna Wisniewski


More about you and Coronavirus:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several simple recommendations for people to follow for better public health:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Hand washing video from the CDC.
  • Watch a video from the CDC for what older adults need to know.

The CDC does not recommend that people wear a facemask at this time.

Find the CDCP page at

Find the World Health Organization's page WHO Information Network for Epidemics.


For local updates: Onondaga County Health Department

If you do not have a doctor and have questions, symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call Upstate University Hospital's Triage Line at 315.464.3979 you will be advised about testing. The line is open 7am to 11pm each day and starting Monday, March 16 it will be open 24 hours.

If you are a senior in need of meals, and groceries, and unable, or worried about venturing out of their homes, call Onondaga County's Nutrition and Services hotline at (315)218-1987.

If you know of families that are having issues obtaining child care, contact Child Care Solutions at (315) 446-1220.