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For the latest news and information on Coronavirus in Smith County, please visit www.nethealthcovid19.org. For City of Tyler's phased re-opening plan, visit our update page.

COVID-19 Response

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Current Library Status

The Library will reopen on June 1st with modified operating hours of Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be allowing up to 30 patrons at a time and continuing to hold modified operations. Library facilities have been modified to encourage social distancing.

Book drops are available for patrons to return materials. All book drops in town are available for use.

Curbside service for material pick-up will cease. Patrons will be called when their holds are available to be picked up at the self-service holds station. Due to limited staffing and the quarantine process, material availability may be delayed. Interlibrary loans will be available for pickup as usual at the Information Desk once you have been contacted.

Until further notice, we will not be taking physical donations. Monetary donations are always welcome and can be made online.

If you call outside of these hours, please leave a message and we'll get back to you. Our phone number is (903)593-7323. Please use our Ask a Librarian form if you have any questions.

Programs & Events

Until further notice, all programs and events will be held virtually. We will not book our meeting spaces for any organizations at this time. Virtual programs can be accessed via our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram

Library staff created an interactive virtual adventure game using Google Slides. Experience the world of Biblio now! 

Material Quarantine Process

Quarantine Period

Upon return, all Tyler Public Library materials enter a 72-hour quarantine as recommended by the American Library Association.

Staff Safety 

Library staff will follow procedures set forth by the Northeast Document Conservation Center when handling returned materials. Staff will wear gloves when handling returned items and placing them within quarantine. Staff will remove their gloves after handling materials so as not to transfer potential virus contact to other locations accidentally. Hand washing will immediately follow, and staff will wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, following CDC guidelines.

Material Placement and Shelving

Tyler Public Library will place carts of quarantined material in a designated quarantine location away from regular foot traffic to prevent accidental contact or handling of the materials during their quarantine period.

Quarantined carts will be labeled with a date of availability. The date of availability will be three days after the processing date.

Library staff will pull materials from the quarantine location, which have completed their quarantine process to be shelved and made available to the public.

Computer Lab Reservations

In an effort to meet the needs of our community and maintain cleanliness and social distancing, we will be offering computer sessions by appointment only. Patrons should call and make an appointment ahead of time, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each session will be limited to one hour, with no extensions available, and each patron will be limited to one session each week. 

We have 30 minutes between each session to allow for cleaning and disinfecting. To allow for social distancing, only five computer stations will be open, spaced at least 6-feet apart. 

We recommend that patrons arrive on time or a little early for their session. No sessions will be scheduled for holiday closings.

Additional Details

We will waive any fines that may have accrued on patron's accounts during the library's closure from March 16th through May 31st. Patrons are welcome to renew online or call and renew materials.

Check out our online resources! If you have any questions about using these resources, you can call or use our Ask a Librarian form to get assistance. 

If you live within city limits and want to get a library card, sign-up now for our e-card to access all of our digital resources. Also available in Spanish.

We are also still taking local history research requests, but the local history room will remain closed after the library reopens. For assistance with local history related topics, please see staff at the information desk or use the research request form.

For more information about COVID-19, see the city's page for details. We've also put together an online education resource page with links and descriptions. If you need homework help, use our new homework help form to get library assistance.