Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

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Curbside Service Begins Monday May 18th

May 14, 2020 by Posted in: Uncategorized

Emerson Library – call 304-420-4587

The Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library will begin curbside service on Monday May 18th at Emerson, South and Williamstown locations. Hours will be:

  • Emerson – Monday through Friday 10am – 5:30pm.
  • South – Monday through Friday 10am – 5:30pm.
  • Williamstown – Monday through Friday 12:30pm – 5:30pm.
  • Waverly – Closed for now. Book drop is open for returns.
  • Bookmobile is not running
  • All locations will be closed on the weekends due to staffing.
  • Patrons who use curbside services are asked to be respectful of other patrons and maintain a safe distance of at least 6’ from others. Masks are encouraged.

In regards to requests for curbside service, the Library asks that patrons make their requests online using their account in the library catalog, which can be accessed through the Library website at Information on how to place the holds/requests are on the site. You will need a library card number and pin number to do so.

Williamstown – Honk or call 304-375-6052 for pickup

Patrons may request items by calling Emerson (304-420-4587) or South (304-428-7041), but due to the time involved there will be a limit of 5 items per patron and call. We strongly request that patrons place their requests online if they are able to do so.

The Library will contact you when the materials are ready for pickup.

South Pickup – call 304-428-7041

All the branches have book drops available for returns. Please be aware that the Library is quarantining and cleaning materials for 48 hours when returned, so it may be a few days before items are actually checked in and taken off of your account.

The Library will not be billing patrons at this time for materials checked out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Library is not hosting meetings or doing any in person programming at this time. We will continue with online story times, crafts and programming.

AARP volunteers announced that they will not be returning this year to do taxes for free.

Online materials and resources are available through the Library website. WVREADS and Hoopla are the two main sources of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Staff are available to help people access these materials.

At this time, the Library is closed to the public. However, the Library is working to establish guidelines for how and when a full reopening can take place. The Library’s primary interest is to keep the patrons and staff safe and healthy.

— Brian E. Raitz, Director