Coronavirus Response

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All Alachua County Library District locations will remain closed through Sunday, April 12, with tentative plans to reopen on Monday, April 13.

The Library District closed all branches starting Sunday, March 15 and suspended all programs and meeting room reservations through Thursday, April 30.

Patrons with materials currently checked out will be able to keep those materials until the Library District reopens, regardless of the items’ due dates.

 “Out of concern for the health and safety of our patrons and employees, I have decided to proceed with caution during this ever-changing situation,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston.

Patrons can access hundreds of thousands of digital books, online courses, and magazines 24 hours a day from any internet-connected device. Please visit to access our online resources.

Check out the Library at home.

You can access hundreds of thousands of digital books, online courses, and magazines from the comfort of home. These resources are available 24 hours a day from any internet-connected devices - cellphones, tablets, computers, etc. -  including our online catalog, eSources, eBooks, and eAudiobooks.

  • Digital books and audiobooks: Download digital books, magazines, and audiobooks right to your device with our vendor apps. 
  • eSources: Learn to crochet, pick up a new language, trace your ancestors, and learn tech skills from industry experts with our 30 eSources, including,, Transparent Language, and Creative Bug. 
  • Catalog: Browse our collection of nearly 800,000 items and place holds for pick up at any branch or bookmobile.


No library card? No problem!

The Alachua County Library District is partnering with our eBook vendor to provide access to digital books and audiobooks to Alachua County residents who do not haveImage of a neon sign reading Open 24 Hours and the text "The digital library is always open." library cards.

Community members can visit and enter their mobile phone number to register for OverDrive. After registering, users can download the appropriate app to their smartphones or tablet to access more than 79,000 titles on 132 different topics, including children and teen books. Visit for instruction to download the Libby and OverDrive apps to read or listen to books on tablets and phones.

Access to these resources will continue through June 30. After that date, participants will be invited to register for a regular library card.


CDC: The latest federal news, printable resources, and case tracking. 

Florida Department of Health: Updates on the number of cases in Florida. Florida's COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or email at

Alachua County: Coronavirus news from Alachua County government. Visit the County's community resource portal for FAQs and more.

The Alachua County Health Department has created call center to address questions about testing and any concerns with COVID-19. The phone number is 352-334-8810. Operators are on call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours call 352-334-7900.

City of Gainesville: Updates from the city's emergency managment team. 

University of Florida: The university's response and plans. 

Parent Resources: Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists for discussing COVID-19 with children.


I have questions, can I talk to someone?

Yes! We're available to answer your questions by phone call, chat, email, and text Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Here's how to get in touch:

Call 352-334-3939.

Text 352-578-1184.


Visit to chat with us. 

Are the libraries open?

All locations will be closed through Sunday, April 12. Currently, branches are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 13. All library programs are suspended through April 30. 

Are classes and programs still happening?

No, the Alachua County Library District has suspended programs and outreach events through April 30, 2020, in the interest of public safety. 

What if my card is expiring?

If your card is expiring during the closure, your expiration date has been extended until the library reopens.

What if I had a book ready to pick up but I wasn't able to pick it up?

Our holds available for pickup have been extended. So if you had an item ready to pick up on Saturday, March 14, it will still be waiting for you when we reopen.

Are you going to have more eBooks?

We are purchasing additional copies of popular electronic titles as we are able to according to publisher restrictions.

What if my books are due?

Patrons with materials currently checked out will be able to keep those materials until the library is open again, regardless of the items’ original due dates. The Alachua County Library District does not charge overdue fees. Please do not put any items in the book drops.

What if my card is blocked?

If your card is blocked because of overdue items, you will be allowed to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

I don't have a card, can I still download ebooks?

Yes! We're excited to temporarily offer access to ebooks via OverDrive to Alachua County residents. Visit to register with your mobile phone number. This access will last through June 30. 

Is the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale still on for April?

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale has been postponed. A new date has not been set. Please visit for more details. The Bookhouse is closed and not accepting donations at this time.