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Library Limits Services Due to COVID Advisory

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
November 23, 2020
Posted in: Announcements

UPDATE: On Monday, Carnegie Library of McKeesport announced that no computer use will be permitted.

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport is temporarily limiting some in-person services due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County.

Beginning this week and continuing for at least two weeks, no browsing or in-person programming will be permitted inside the library or the White Oak branch, said Vincent D’Alesio, acting director.

The temporary restrictions are designed to comply with the Allegheny County Health Department’s “stay-at-home” advisory.

“This service model will be reviewed for changes in two weeks,” D’Alesio said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The main library re-opened June 24 after being closed during the statewide lockdown that begin in mid-March. The White Oak branch also has re-opened, but the Duquesne branch, which is located inside the Duquesne Education Center, remains closed, along with that building.

During this temporary restriction, library staff will be able to help patrons over the phone to connect with online resources and answer questions, D’Alesio said. Patrons should call the main library at (412) 672-0625.

During this time, no children will be permitted inside the building for any reason.

The library initially announced that patrons would be able to make an appointment to use computers inside the building for up to 30 minutes, but that D’Alesio said Monday that after further review, they have decided that no public access to the building is allowed at this time.

Wifi access will be available outside the building.

The White Oak branch will be offering curbside pickup and drop-off services only, D’Alesio said.

Patrons who need to print a document may email the file to the library at mckeesport@einetwork.net, and then call the library to make sure the file was received. There is a fee of 15 cents per page for black-and-white printouts and 50 cents for color.

Persons who want to request a book or DVD should call ahead to have the item held, and arrange curbside pickup. Items may be dropped off at the designated bin in the library entrance.

Fax service will be available daily until 4:15 p.m. Patrons will need to wait in the library vestibule while the fax is sent.

Monthly “grab-and-go” craft bags will be available for children and families on certain days. See the event calendar on the library’s website for more information. The next grab and go event is Tuesday (Nov. 24) from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition, there will be virtual programming — including story hour and book club — on the library’s Facebook page, D’Alesio said.

Anyone with a valid library card may access e-books, music, films and library databases online, D’Alesio said. For help, call the library.

Originally published November 23, 2020.

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