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PCL is closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns March 14-April 4. All events & programs are cancelled.


A Message About Coronavirus

UPDATE: The City of Providence has advised Providence Community Library to remain closed until Monday, April 6.

ACTUALIZACIÓN: La Ciudad de Providence recomienda que la Biblioteca Comunitaria de Providence permanezca cerrada hasta el lunes 6 de abril.

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Dear Library Users,

The City of Providence has advised Providence Community Library to close its locations from Saturday, March 14th - Saturday, April 4. This time period may be extended if Governor Raimondo recommends that schools remain closed for longer than one week. All public schools will be closed next week under order of the Governor.

We will issue an update on the Library's status when we have information for you.

All fines on materials are suspended as of today until we reopen. Please hold on to any library materials until we are open again. Do not deposit materials in book drops while we are closed. 

While our buildings are closed, we encourage you to use your PCL library cards to explore digital materials available through HooplaKanopy and Ocean State Library eBooks and here are several useful, fun and informative resources for you during this challenging time. 

Stay Informed about the COVID-19 Outbreak

The State of Rhode Island Department of Health has up-to-date information about COVID-19. People with questions about COVID-19 can call 401-222-8022.
For information about the City of Providence's response to the outbreak, check this page

For comprehensive coverage about the situation across the United States and in-depth advice, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national website.

For the international picture, visit the World Health Organization.

Take the following steps to help minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and similar infectious diseases:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • This is a good time to avoid hugs and handshakes. Choose a friendly nod, smile or wave as a greeting.
  • If you feel unwell with cold symptoms or a flu-like illness, please stay home.

Here is an information sheet about Covid-19 in English and Spanish from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The video below offers helpful tips on washing your hands efficiently. Finally, here's a helpful article about how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus.

Let's all play our part in limiting the transmission of COVID-19, flu and all infectious diseases by following this good advice.

VIDEO: Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!