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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Library in the Forest staff have been closely monitoring the health recommendations issued by local, state and national health agencies. In light of these recommendations, the library is closed and will remain until at least May 1, 2020. The status of the library will be reassessed at that time and the length of closure may be extended as necessary.

Access the Library’s Digital Resources 24/7

Discover the our wide range of digital resources that may be accessed from home with your library card — including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies, online databases and more. Digital resources are available from our home page or by visiting the Database Descriptions page. Having trouble accessing digital offerings? Call 205.978.0155 or get help from our librarians at Drop Us a Line. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates for the latest news from the library to be delivered to your inbox.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?

Please do NOT return items to the Library in the Forest. Book drops at all locations are locked. The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials, including hot spots, has been automatically extended. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.

Can I drop off my materials in book drops?

No. All Library in the Forest book drops are closed at this time.

Can I place a hold for materials to be picked up?

No. Do not place holds for materials, as they will not be available until the library reopens.

What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?

Holds that are listed as ready for pick-up will be held at the library until we reopen. Please disregard the pick-up by date listed in your account.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?

All accounts nearing their expiration dates in March have been renewed until June 1 of this year. After June 1, you will need to visit the library. Renewed library cards may only be used for check out of digital offerings and may not be used for physical materials until after the library reopens.

I don’t have a library card. Can I get one?

To apply for a library card, call 205.978.0155 and a staff member will issue a temporary card, good until June 1. After June 1, you will need to visit the library to provide proof of residency to update your card. Cards may only be used for check out of digital offerings and may not be used for physical materials, until after the library reopens.

I have a question. Is there anyone who can help me?

Library staff are working. If you need assistance, call 205.978.0155 or get help from our librarians at Drop Us a Line.

I reserved a meeting room. What is the status?

All meeting rooms are closed and events have been cancelled while the library is closed. If you have any questions, please contact Loraine Ward-Ryce at loraine.ward-ryce@vestavialibrary.org or call 205.978.0162.

I have a passport appointment. What is the status?

All passport appointments have been cancelled while the library is closed. Appointments will be rescheduled following the reopening of the library. If you have any questions, please call 205.978.3683.

I have an appointment to have an exam proctored at the library. What should I do?

All proctoring appointments have been cancelled while the library is closed and will be rescheduled following the reopening of the library. If you have any questions, please contact Loraine Ward-Ryce at loraine.ward-ryce@vestavialibrary.org or call 205.978.0162.

What Can You Do?

Keep Yourself and Your Community Healthy

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60-90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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