Using The Library Online: Social Distancing and Access to Library Resources

Harrisburg, PA – As concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) grow, The Library has made the decision to close all eight Dauphin County Library System Libraries for at least two weeks, through March 28. Due dates will be adjusted for all materials currently checked out by library members.

Books may also be returned to book drops located outside each location during this closure.

Practicing social distancing is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of germs. Library members and Dauphin County residents who choose to stay home are encouraged to access library resources online.

Explore The Library’s digital collections of books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies by visiting

A robust collection of research databases is available at These databases can help with homework questions, genealogy research, general medical information, and any topic in-between.

Dauphin county residents without a library card can apply for an online access card by visiting Online access can be “upgraded” to a full-service card later by visiting any of our eight locations.

Anyone in search of up-to-date information about COVID-19 can learn more about preventative measures, symptom checkers, and updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health by visiting

The Library will continue to monitor and consider recommendations by government and health organizations. If necessary, further information about program cancellations, or library closures or reopenings, will be shared on, The Library’s social media channels, and with local media channels.


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