The Library is now open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Curbside is still available.
The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Curbside is still available.
 

 

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    The Provo City Library will reopen to the public on June 1 at 10:00 am. Those interested in coming to the library are encouraged to follow all health protocols recommended by the governor and the Utah Department of Health. 

    The Provo City Library will be reopening with the following provisions: 

    LIMITED HOURS

    The library will be open the following hours:

    • Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 
    • At-risk hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

    • Any patrons exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are asked to remain home until symptoms have subsided.
    • Any library employees exhibiting symptoms will be asked to remain home from work.
    • Patrons and employees are encouraged to remain at least six feet from others while in the library.
    • Masks are encouraged.
    • Patrons are asked to limit their time in the library. 

    CURBSIDE PICK-UP

    Patrons are still encouraged to utilize curbside pick-up for library materials. Curbside pick-up will be available at the following times:

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

    COMPUTER USAGE

    • Public computers are available to Library cardholders for up to two hours a day. Time will not be extended.
    • A Library card is required to use a computer; guest passes will not be issued. Those with a photo ID will be issued an Internet Only Library card that offers up to two hours of usage per day.
    • Computer users must check in and out at the Reference Desk before using a computer. Computer stations will be cleaning between uses.
    • Computer users must wear masks.
    • No computers will be available in the Children’s Department of the Library. 

    FINES FOR OVERDUE MATERIALS

    • Fines for overdue materials will not accrue during the month of June.
    • Patrons are encouraged to return all materials through the book drops.
    • Fines will begin accruing on late materials beginning July 1. 

    MEETING ROOM USE

    • Occupancy limits for meeting rooms are greatly reduced and will be enforced.
    • Room reservations can be made no more than 60 days in advance; the library reserves the right to cancel and refund all reservations in the event of a heightened risk level.
    • Private study rooms, the Basement Creative Lab, and small meeting rooms are not available for use or reservation at this time.



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    Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, all library-sponsored programs at the Provo City Library will be suspended until further notice. This includes story time, Learn It programs, computer help lab, and Monday Night concerts. 

    To be cautious, we are also suspending all room reservations including use of our study rooms and the Basement Creative Lab until further notice. Any previously contracted private events will be evaluated on an individual basis with private parties. 

    We encourage users to practice good hygiene habits and social distancing while in the library. We ask that individuals who are sick please refrain from using the library.    

    This is an evolving situation, and our library staff members are actively brainstorming ways that we can provide services while also encouraging public health and safety. 

    We remain committed to our mission of providing information, instruction, learning, leisure, and cultural opportunities. We encourage all users to utilize our digital services: read books with OverDrive, find great music with Freegal, stream movies with Kanopy. Learn new skills with Lynda.com or CreativeBug. These and more digital services can be accessed under the “learn” or the “books and reading” tabs of our website. 

     

    OverDrive

    OverDrive

    Start Reading

    Download best-selling audiobooks, eBooks, and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your computer or mobile device from home, in the office, or from anywhere in the world.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    downloadables rbdigital

    RBdigital

    Start Listening

    RBdigital from Recorded Books provides access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks. Many items can be checked out by more than one person at the same time.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    digital collections freegal

    Freegal - Downloadable Music

    Start Listening

    Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service that gives you access to about seven million songs in MP3 format and fifteen thousand music videos in MP4 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. Freegal Music limits song downloads to THREE per library customer per week and up to FIVE hours of streaming music each day.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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    Kanopy - Streaming Video

    Start Streaming

    Kanopy specializes in classic and indie films. They also offer The Great Courses and a wide selection of content for kids.  Each cardholder may watch 10 films per month. Beyond that, you may enjoy unlimited streaming of kids’ content and The Great Courses. 

    Stream on your preferred device, including most computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.  

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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    With its new fiscal year, the Provo City Library is closing the book on a long-held library practice: charging fines on late books and materials for children. Effective July 1, the Library will stop charging fees on children’s materials that are returned past their due date.

    Gene Nelson, Library Director, has been thinking about this move for quite some time. “Every librarian who has worked in a Children’s Department has heard some variation of this conversation between a parent and child: ‘I’m sorry, we just can’t check out books today; we can’t afford the late fees.’ It breaks your heart to hear that a child’s access to library books is a financial decision. That’s not what we’re about.”  

    According to Joella Peterson Bagshaw, Children’s Services Manager, the motivation behind lifting fines on late materials is simple: get books in the hands of Provo’s children. “In going fine-free for children's materials we are making materials more accessible for our youngest library patrons. We are helping families who have tight budgets and limited free time know that they are valued. We want children to have every opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.”  

    “As a father of six kids, I know that sometimes things go missing,” Nelson notes. “They disappear under a couch, under a bed, in a toy box. We don’t ever want a late fee to be the reason that a child can’t check out books.”  

    But without due dates, how does the Library make sure that people return materials? “Going fine-free doesn’t mean it’s a complete free-for-all,” notes Erika Hill, Community Relations Coordinator. “People are still responsible for returning books, and if a book is out for too long we will assume it’s lost.” Patrons will still be charged for lost or damaged materials (though if a lost item is returned then those fees will be waived).  

    It is important to note that this change only applies to materials in the children’s collection; adult and teen materials, along with specialty items like telescopes, board games, cameras, and more will still have fines if they are returned late. To help patrons avoid late fees on those materials, the Library has also introduced an automatic renewal policy. As long no other patrons have requested an item, it will be automatically renewed up to two times to avoid late fees.   

    Though there will be a financial impact for the Library, Director Gene Nelson notes that the benefits to the community outweigh the revenue loss. “Across the nation, we’ve seen that when fines go down, circulation goes up. When we eliminate fines on the children’s collection, we gain more than we lose.”

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    In order to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the library will be closed from March 16 until further notice. 

    Staff will be available from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday to answer questions by phone; they will also answer questions through live chat on our website, provolibrary.com. 

    If you have library materials checked out, please keep them until after we reopen. Late fees will not accrue while we are closed. If you had materials on hold that you were not able to pick up before the closure, they will be waiting for you when we reopen. 

    The library offers a number of digital resources available for free with your library card. If you do not currently have a Provo City Library card but would like to utilize digital services, please call 801-852-6661 and we can issue you a card with digital privileges. 

    We remain committed to our mission of providing information, instruction, learning, leisure, and cultural opportunities. We encourage all users to utilize our digital services: read books with OverDrive, find great music with Freegal, stream movies with Kanopy. Learn new skills with Lynda.com or CreativeBug.

    These and more digital services can be accessed here. 

    More information about Provo City's response to COVID-19 can be found here

    OverDrive

    OverDrive

    Start Reading

    Download best-selling audiobooks, eBooks, and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your computer or mobile device from home, in the office, or from anywhere in the world.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    downloadables rbdigital

    RBdigital

    Start Listening

    RBdigital from Recorded Books provides access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks. Many items can be checked out by more than one person at the same time.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    digital collections freegal

    Freegal - Downloadable Music

    Start Listening

    Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service that gives you access to about seven million songs in MP3 format and fifteen thousand music videos in MP4 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. Freegal Music limits song downloads to THREE per library customer per week and up to FIVE hours of streaming music each day.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    kanopy block white

    Kanopy - Streaming Video

    Start Streaming

    Kanopy specializes in classic and indie films. They also offer The Great Courses and a wide selection of content for kids.  Each cardholder may watch 10 films per month. Beyond that, you may enjoy unlimited streaming of kids’ content and The Great Courses. 

    Stream on your preferred device, including most computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.  

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

    Lynda web block

    Lynda - Learn Anything

    Start Learning

    Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.   

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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    Creativebug - Learn a new hobby

    Make Something

    Find thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

    Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.