Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information


Update: May 20, 2020, 10:00 am

The Anderson County Library System will begin reopening to the public with limited services in early June. This is part of the Library’s phased plan based on state and county guidelines for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains subject to change.

Library locations will be open to the public for limited hours to allow for thorough cleaning and proper staff social distancing to ensure the safety and well-being of the public as well as all Library staff. Patrons will be asked to follow certain guidelines when visiting the Library. Curbside pickup of library materials will continue for any patrons who request it.

When Visiting the Library – When libraries reopen to the public, the number of patrons allowed in each building will be limited. Patrons will be asked to limit their time and practice physical distancing when in the library. Signage, marked pathways, and markings to indicate proper spacing while waiting in line will be in place to assist with physical distancing. Patrons will be asked to browse aisles one at a time. Public computers will be spaced to allow patrons to sit six feet apart and will operate on reservations and time limits. Chairs and seating areas have been removed, and all public meeting rooms and study rooms will remain closed until further notice. There will be limited access to public restrooms, and patrons are encouraged to use hand sanitizer made available throughout the library. Staff will be able to provide very limited assistance while avoiding close contact. Library staff will wear face masks and patrons are strongly encouraged to do so as well. Patrons who are feeling unwell should stay home and take advantage of the Library’s digital collections.

Returning Library Materials and Fines – Late fees or fines for materials returned past their due date will continue to be waived for two weeks following the library’s reopening to the public to allow for all materials to be returned. All returned materials must be placed in outside book drops. For their health and safety, staff will not be able to accept materials handed to them. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, per CDC and DHEC recommendations. Patrons may notice materials still on their account a week after the materials are returned, but no fines will be accrued on any of these items.

Curbside Pickup – The Library is currently offering and will continue contactless curbside pickup of books, DVDs, and other limited materials by appointment at most library locations. Patrons may call ahead to request an item and set an appointment time to pick up items at their local library. Staff can also provide recommendations based on a reader’s interests. Only items in the Anderson County Library System are available to check out. To request materials and make your pickup appointment, please contact your local library during their current hours for curbside:

Anderson Main Library
Mon-Sat, 9am – 6pm

Belton, Pendleton, & Powdersville libraries
Mon, Wed, & Fri, 10am – 2pm

Honea Path, Iva, and Lander (Williamston) libraries
Tues & Thurs, 10am – 2pm

Follow the Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates regarding the Library’s reopening plans in June, hours for each library location, and virtual programs and storytime. For questions or more information, call (864) 260-4500.  


Update: April 21, 2020, 1:00 pm

The Anderson County Library System is offering contactless curbside pickup of books, DVDs, and other limited materials by appointment at most library locations beginning Wednesday, April 22. Patrons may call ahead to request an item and set an appointment time to pick up items at their local library. Staff can also provide recommendations based on a reader’s interests.

Only items in the Anderson County Library System are available to check out. To request materials and make your pickup appointment, please contact your local library during their current hours of operation:

Anderson Main Library: Monday through Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Call 260-4500 or email reference@andersonlibrary.org

Belton Library: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 338-8330 or email belton@andersonlibrary.org

Honea Path Library: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 369-7751 or email honeapath@andersonlibrary.org

Iva Library: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 348-6150 or email iva@andersonlibrary.org

Lander Memorial Library: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 847-5238 or email lander@andersonlibrary.org

Pendleton Library:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 646-3045 or email pendleton@andersonlibrary.org

Powdersville Library: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 am – 2 pm
Call 295-1190 or email powdersville@andersonlibrary.org

The Piedmont and Westside Community Center libraries remain closed to the public.

Books and other library materials may be returned in all library bookdrops. The Library continues to waive fines while buildings remain closed to the public. The Library is following CDC and DHEC recommendations with returned items to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on all library materials.

WiFi access remains available 24/7 outside of every library location.

Curbside pickup and all other services are evaluated on a day-by-day basis to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines. As such, all pickups and hours of operation are subject to change. Check this page or the Library’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

The Library continues to offer a temporary digital library card for anyone who lives or works in Anderson County. Access free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and learning resources for elementary school through college with a temporary digital library card.

To apply for a temporary digital library card, call the Anderson Main Library at (864) 260-4500 from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Staff will ask for basic information, including address and contact information. Once library buildings reopen, patrons can come in with ID and proof of address to turn temporary digital library cards into physical library cards.

There are many more resources and content to explore on our website. Find highlights of these resources, along with weekly stories for children, crafts for all ages, and community information on the Library’s Facebook page. Library staff are streaming stories, crafts, and tutorials for all ages on our Facebook page. For discussing books, sharing what you’re reading, and other literary fun, visit the Library’s Facebook group Upstate Reads.


Update: April 10, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

The Anderson County Library System continues to evaluate all services and operations on a day-to-day basis to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are committed to bringing information, learning resources, and cultural enrichment to our community while protecting the health and safety of our staff and community. 

At this time, the Library does not have a date to reopen buildings to the public. WiFi access remains available 24/7 outside of every library location. All April library programs and public meetings are postponed or canceled.  

No fines will be accrued while library buildings remain closed to the public. Please continue to hold onto any checked-out items until library buildings reopen. There will be a grace period before any fines resume to allow time for materials to be returned to the Library. 

Digital Library Cards

The Anderson County Library System is offering temporary digital library card for anyone who lives or works in Anderson County. With the digital library card, you can access free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and learning resources for elementary school through college.  To apply for your temporary digital library card, call the Library at (864) 260-4500 from 9 am- 6 pm Monday-Saturday and 2 – 6 pm on Sunday. Staff will ask for basic information, including address and contact information. Once Library buildings reopen, patrons can come in with ID and proof of address to turn temporary digital library cards into physical library cards. 

Engaging Online

You can find highlights of the Library’s digital resources, along with weekly stories for children, crafts for all ages, and community information on the Library’s Facebook page. Library staff are bringing you streaming stories, crafts, and tutorials for all ages on our Facebook page. For discussing books, sharing what you’re reading, and other literary fun, join the Library’s Facebook group Upstate Reads.  Visit www.AndersonLibrary.org and follow us on social media for the latest updates. Have questions? Email us at reference@andersonlibrary.org

Stay Up-to-Date and Informed


Update: March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Anderson County Library System is now offering temporary digital library cards for anyone who lives or works in Anderson County. These cards will provide full access to all of the Library’s digital resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming movies, and online learning tools. This is part of the Library’s continued limited service while buildings remain closed to the public due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To apply for your temporary digital library card, call the Library at (864) 260-4500 from 9:00 am- 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday and 2:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday. Staff will ask for basic information, including address and contact information. Once the Library reopens, patrons can come in with ID and proof of address to turn temporary digital library cards into physical library cards.

A temporary digital library card provides full access to free learning and entertainment resources while the Library remains closed to the public. Many of these are available online at www.AndersonLibrary.org or can be downloaded as a free app on most devices: 

  • Borrow eBooks and audiobooks through the Libby app or at https://andersonlibrary.overdrive.com
  • Read new and recent issues of popular magazines through Flipster
  • Take online classes with Universal Class
  • Take practice tests and tutorials for the PSAT, SAT, GED, and many more with LearningExpress Library
  • Research family history and genealogy with Ancestry Library and HeritageQuest
  • Get interactive books and games for children with Tumblebooks

For questions on how to use any of these resources or for any general information, please email reference@andersonlibrary.org or call (864) 260-4500. Our librarians are available for assistance Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 pm.


Update: March 17, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.

In order to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, all Anderson County Library System locations are closed until further notice. For questions or more information, call the Anderson Main Library at 864-260-4500.

During this time:

  • No fines will be accrued.
  • Please hold on to any materials you already have checked out.
  • Please take advantage of our digital library and online resources:
    • Download ebooks and digital audiobooks with the Overdrive or Libby app
    • Download or stream ebooks, audiobooks, and movies with the Hoopla Digital app
    • Stream movies and TV through RB Digital
    • Tumblebooks offers unlimited interactive ebooks and learning for children.
    • DISCUS provides a range of digital learning resources for K-12.
  • For questions regarding other library services, please email reference@andersonlibrary.org

We recognize and respect that this is a difficult time for everyone and ask for patience and understanding. For questions or more information, call the Anderson Main Library at 260-4500.

Please stay up-to-date and informed regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) with the following resources:


Update: March 16, 2020 @ 11:15 a.m.

In order to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Anderson County Library System will be on very limited service beginning Tuesday, March 17. All library buildings will be closed to the public and books and materials will be available by pick up only until 6:00 pm. This will be in effect at least until March 31 with continuing evaluation.

  • All library programs and public meetings are cancelled. The Friends of the Library Bookstore and Cafe are closed.
  • You will not be able to place holds on materials. Please call your local library to request materials. Requested materials will be available to pick up only. Please specify if you need any accommodations regarding physical limitations.
  • Please keep any materials you already have checked out. All fines will be waived while limited service is in effect.
  • No donations will be accepted.
  • All Bookmobile stops are cancelled.
  • For questions regarding other library services, please email reference@andersonlibrary.org
  • Please take advantage of our digital collections and resources:
    1. Additional ebooks and digital audiobooks will be added to Overdrive/Libby
    2. Hoopla Digital limits will be increased
    3. Streaming movies and TV are available through RB Digital
    4. Tumblebooks offers unlimited interactive ebooks and learning for children.
    5. DISCUS provides a range of digital learning resources for K-12.

We recognize and respect that this is a difficult time for everyone. We are committed to providing our community access to information, basic services, and cultural enrichment and ask for patience and understanding. For questions or more information, call Anderson Main Library at 864-260-4500.

Please stay up-to-date and informed regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) with the following resources:


Updated: March 13, 2020 @ 4:51 p.m.

The Bookmobile is suspending all stops beginning Monday, March 16. Service will be reevaluated after 2 weeks. Items currently out may be returned to any library locations. For questions about your items or current holds, please call 864-260-4500 x175 or email bookmobile@andersonlibrary.org


Updated: March 11, 2020 @ 12:05 p.m.

Anderson County Library System is continuously monitoring the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Anderson and the Upstate region. The health and safety of our community and staff is essential.

The library is making every effort to continue normal services and provide necessary resources to all members of the community during this outbreak. Below is a summary of the library’s actions and more resources.

What the library is doing:

  • All cleaning and sanitizing procedures are increasing, including hard surfaces, computers and other equipment, collection materials, meeting rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at all locations and disinfecting wipes are available upon request at service desks.
  • Toys and similar items are being removed from public access in an abundance of caution.

What you can do:

  • If you have a fever or feel sick, please stay home. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, MUSC is offering free online screenings for South Carolina residents.
  • Wash your hands regularly after using public computers or materials.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Limit physical contact: maintain control of your library card, mobile devices, or other items when interacting with staff. Hold them so staff may see if necessary, but do not hand them to staff. Be respectful of physical boundaries.
  • Take advantage of the library’s digital resources: eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and movies are available in our digital library. Many of our research resources can be accessed from home as well. Email us if you have questions about using our digital resources.
  • Share with friends and family that the library is a reliable and trusted source for news and information.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

MedlinePlus from the National Institute of Heath’s National Library of Medicine.

Latest Information

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