All Saint Paul Public Library facilities closed to the public. Learn more at sppl.org/coronavirus.

Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Saint Paul Public Library's Response to the Outbreak

All Saint Paul Public Library facilities are closed to the public; we are offering modified services. Learn more at sppl.org/staying-in.

All library facilities closed to the public

In alignment with the latest guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, all Saint Paul Public Library facilities are closed; we are offering modified services. Learn more at sppl.org/staying-in.

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 closing our physical library locations to the public, 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-booksaudiobooksmagazineslearning toolshomework 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 right now?

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. 

  • 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.


Additional Resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

RESOURCES

Resources

Saint Paul Public Library on Twitter: "In close consultation…" | 2388452

In close consultation with Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, and in alignment with the latest guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, we are closing all Saint Paul Public Library facilities March 16–27. Learn more sppl.org/coronavirus/.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation on Twitter: "In close consultation…" | 2388450

In close consultation with Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, we are closing all Saint Paul Parks & Recreation facilities until Friday, March 27. We'll reassess our plans at that time. Please visit stpaul.gov/coronavirus & stpaul.gov/parks-covid19 for additional information.

NPR on Twitter: "The novel coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces…" | 2388448

The novel coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and cardboard for up to 24 hours, a new study finds. So, here are tips for cleaning surfaces — your own and public ones. ⬇️ trib.al/OxrBAIc

Mayor Melvin Carter on Twitter: "We must take bold and immediate…" | 2388446

We must take bold and immediate action to address the local impacts of this pandemic. These extraordinary steps are critical to protecting our public health and safety. stpaul.gov/news/mayor-car…

Saint Paul Public Library on Twitter: "The @StarTribune and…" | 2388444

The @StarTribune and @PioneerPress have removed paywalls for #COVIDー19 coverage. Find the latest information ⬇️

Minitex on Twitter: "If you, your students, or children, need…" | 2383938

If you, your students, or children, need to stay home during this rapidly evolving health-related situation, please remember that you can use AskMN, eLibrary Minnesota, Ebooks Minnesota, and MNLINK 24/7 from anywhere in Minnesota. news.minitex.umn.edu/news/reference…

CDC Emergency on Twitter: "Develop a plan for home-based actions.…" | 2383936

Develop a plan for home-based actions. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Protect yourself and others. Get more information about creating a household plan of action: bit.ly/2TrXBRE #COVID19

mnhealth on Twitter: "A message in ASL about the #COVIDー19 outbreak.…" | 2383934

A message in ASL about the #COVIDー19 outbreak. The main things you can now are check our website for updates and take the same precautions you would during cold and flu season. Wash your hands often, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick. youtube.com/watch?v=Q8bUdM… #COVID

mnhealth on Twitter: "Minnesota’s #COVIDー19 guidance for schools…" | 2383932

Minnesota’s #COVIDー19 guidance for schools and child care providers: health.state.mn.us/diseases/coron… #COVID19 #COVID

The New York Times on Twitter: "This is why soap works. https://t.co/36qYWgapVS…" | 2383846

This is why soap works. nyti.ms/2Q9GdyT

Drew Harris on Twitter: "Important to remember that #Covid-19…" | 2383760

Important to remember that #Covid-19 epidemic control measures may only delay cases, not prevent. However, this helps limit surge and gives hospitals time to prepare and manage. It's the difference between finding an ICU bed & ventilator or being treated in the parking lot tent.

mnhealth on Twitter: "What can you do to prevent the spread…" | 2377934

What can you do to prevent the spread of #COVIDー19? Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay home when sick, cover your cough/sneeze, and avoid touching your face. health.state.mn.us/diseases/coron… #COVID #COVID19

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Based on a radio story by NPR education reporter Cory Turner, asking experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus.

City of Saint Paul Emergency Management

Information from the City of Saint Paul's Emergency Management department.

Minnesota Department of Health - Coronavirus Disease 2019

Information from the Minnesota Department of Health about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Coronavirus - Ramsey County Public Health

Information from the Ramsey County Department of Public Health concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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