In alignment with the latest guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, we are offering modified library services. Learn more at sppl.org/libraryexpress.
Our top priority is ensuring our Saint Paul Public Library can respond to the needs of our community, while taking precautionary steps to maintain the health and safety of our staff. While we are modifying services at our physical library locations, we are uniquely positioned to continue supporting our community with online resources and services. The library's large collection of digital resources gives you online access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, learning tools, homework help, and more. Saint Paul students can access these resources using Library Go, the library's virtual card program.
We will keep you informed as new information is available. In the meantime, important public health information, and additional information about the City’s response can be found at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
Thank you for your understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What preventive measures can you take?
As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from circulating viruses. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions.
- Wear masks in public settings when around people not living in your household and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
- Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the trash straight away and wash your hands afterward.
- Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
- If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
- Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick.
Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for answers to frequently asked questions.