Attention all area readers and library patrons - the Barry-Lawrence County Regional Library will remain closed until further notice, in an ongoing effort to decrease risk for both patrons and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The library operates branches in Aurora, Cassville, Eagle Rock, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mount Vernon, Pierce City and Shell Knob.

In a statement from the library posted last week, staff noted:

"The decision to remain closed was a difficult one as we know that patrons in our community see the library as an essential and valuable service. We care about our community and want everyone to stay safe and healthy. Please know that we are working to put together a plan that would allow us to roll out limited services in such a way that we are able to keep staff and patrons as safe as possible. We hope to begin to offer these limited services by mid-May. All checkout periods as of now will be extended through May 18, 2020. All holds will continue to be maintained until the Library reopens. You may hold onto items that you currently have checked out or you may return materials via the book drops outside each branch library. There will be no penalty for overdue materials during this time. "

In the meantime, some library services can be accessed online. These can be found with additional information on the library's webpage at www.blrlibrary.org or visit your local branch library’s Facebook Page or the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library’s Facebook Page for information about virtual programming. If you have issues accessing electronic resources contact Lee Ann Santee via e-mail at leeann@blrlibrary.org.

"Parking lot" WiFi service is available at each of the library branches from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. To connect, choose the “BLRL open” network. A password is not required.

Questions or comments may be directed to the Library Director, Gina Milburn via e-mail at ginamilburn@blrlibrary.org.