Category: Announcements

Resources to help you during this time

We will continue to update these lists over these many days.

For the families at home with children:

To keep up on current developments about COVID-19 locally, state, federal and internationally:

How to get help:

Free Reads:

Take a break from the stress:

Access to Genealogy Resources from home

A couple of great online genealogy resources are helping out during this time by giving free from home access.

Accessible without login:

Ancestry in partnership with National Archives is providing free temporary access to 500 million records.

Accessible with login:

Ancestry Library Edition – Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

NewspaperArchive – NewspaperArchive has given us free access to their database over the next few months. You will have access to over 400 years of newpapers, obituaries and family history records.

To gain access to these site, you have to first log onto your account through the webopac. It will require that you have a library card and know your PIN.

Click here to log onto the webopac through your account. Once you log onto your account, scroll down to find the links to these databases.

If you need a library card, you can sign up for a temporary card online. You will be emailed a library card number that will allow you to log onto your account using the link above.

Any other questions? Fill out the fields below to send an email and someone will respond as soon as possible.

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST ??? – SO NOW WHAT?

UPDATE: All Franklin County Library System branches are closed, including book drops until further notice. Keep all your items borrowed until we reopen. The due dates will be extended and no fines will accrue during this time.

ANSWERS TO SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS

What if my items are due next week?

Please keep all of your library materials at home until we reopen. All of our due dates have been extended until April 1. If we have to extend our date of reopening, we will extend this due date as well. In an effort to keep our bookdrops from overflowing, please don’t return your items to any branch until we reopen.

What if I need WiFi? 

You can still access our WiFi from outside of our buildings. Please stay in your car or maintain a safe distance from others to use the WiFi. .

What about items I had on hold? 

All of your holds will continue. You can get them when we reopen.

I’m bored and I have read all of my books: now what? 

We offer lots of online databases and information through our website: fclspa.org. Please check out the “E-Library” and “Our Picks” links on our website to see what there is to offer. If you need help accessing anything, please call your local branch, email library@fclspa.org, or message us through Facebook (this will get you the fastest response). 

Check out our available downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through our website with Overdrive or through the Libby App on your enabled device. You can also learn a  new language with Mango Languages or discover one of the many resources for children and teens available through our website.

We have extended the amount of time you can have an ebook or audiobook as well as the number of items you can check out and have on hold. We hope that this helps you pass the time more easily..

What if I had an event or meeting scheduled at the library? 

If you had something planned at the library, we will be getting in touch with you to reschedule.

What if don’t have a library card but want access to all the things available on your website?

Fill out our online registration form.  A staff member will then email you back within 24 hours with a temporary library card number that you can then use to access all of our online resources.

What if I still have a question? 

Library staff will be available on a limited basis by phone and email. To reach us by email: library@fclspa.org. To contact us by phone, call 717-263-1054 and leave a message.  We will be checking email and voicemail on a daily basis and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Libraries will close March 16th to April 6

UPDATE: All Franklin County Library System branches are closed through at least Monday, April 6. Due dates of items due 4/1/2020 to 4/6/2020 are now extended to 4/7/2020.

STARTING ON MONDAY, 3/16, ALL BRANCHES ARE CLOSING FOR 2 WEEKS. THIS MODIFIES THE INFORMATION THAT WAS POSTED THIS MORNING.

As directed by Glenn Miller, Commissioner of Libraries for the State of Pennsylvania, all Franklin County Library System branches will be closed for two weeks starting on Monday, March 16. Libraries will reopen on March 30. Any change to that date will be indicated as soon as we have information. Since many of our drop boxes will be closed so they do not overflow, we have extended the due dates of all items due 3/16/2020 to 3/31/2020 to now 4/1/2020. Please use the contact form below if you have an item that was due before 3/16/2020 to get an extension, including your name and library card barcode number in the message. Please stay home and enjoy your items a little longer.

There is a lot of information regarding COVID-19 in the media. Please verify the sources of your information and obtain it through reputable channels like the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), the WHO (https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019), PA Department of Health (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx) or the Gale Virtual Reference Library available through our Website (http://www.fclspa.org/our-e-library/).

We will post any updates through this Facebook page and our website:  fclspa.org

We are doing our best to keep you, our staff, and all of our community safe and healthy. Please remember to wash your hands, keep a distance of 3 to 6 feet between you and anyone around you, and be aware of best health and hygiene practices with regard to COVID-19.