What is COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, but is now confirmed globally, including in the United States.

library closED Until further notice

Dear Library Patrons,

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Scarsdale Public Library will be closed to the public effective 6pm, Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice.

This decision was not made easily or without great consideration as we know how important the Library and the services we provide are to our community. We have considered the fact that a significant portion of our patrons are especially vulnerable to this virus.

Please note that no SPL employees have tested positive to COVID-19 and none are subject to any form of restrictions as a result of direct or indirect contact with a confirmed case.

Over the last few weeks, we have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting the Library Loft. In addition, the Village of Scarsdale is engaging a contractor to perform a complete and thorough cleaning of the Library Loft while we are closed.

Please note:

  • All scheduled programs and events are cancelled through March 31st.
  • Circulation of physical materials will be suspended.
  • Please do not return borrowed materials at this time. The book drop is locked. Do not leave items outside. You will be charged for their replacement costs.
  • We are waiving all fines incurred through this period.

We know that closing the library to patrons may present a hardship to many of you, so please let us know if there are specific needs this creates, and we will do our best to help you find other ways to meet them. Staff will be monitoring the Library’s email account at scaref@wlsmail.org and will attempt to answer questions you may have at this time.

The Library has an extensive collection of online services including eBooks, eAudios, downloadable magazines and movies. Please visit the LISTEN•READ•WATCH page of our website for more information. 

If you are in need of a library card to access our eResources, please fill out our online form and a member of our staff will set this up for you.

Children & families

According to the CDC, there is no evidence or published research that shows that pregnant women or children are more at risk to COVID-19. Find FAQs about COVID-19 and pregnancybreastfeeding, and COVID-19 and children by clicking on these links. The CDC also provides guides for how to get your household ready to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as posters on handwashing for children and teens.

Need help talking to your kids about COVID-19? Staff at the National Public Radio used interviews from various public health and social work experts to create a comic about what kids may want to knowFor younger children, PBS Kids put together a wonderful resource page

Borrowing update

Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, libraries in the Westchester Library System will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future. As several of our communities are now compromised by COVID-19, and very little is known definitively about how long the virus lives on nonporous surfaces, we believe it is in the best interest of our staff, patrons and the public health of the County to take this step immediately. This means our patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and our library will no longer be sending our items to others. However, you may still return your items to any library in the Westchester Library System and use your card to check out items at any library. Holds placed during this suspension period will become active when the suspension is lifted. We realize how much our patrons value this service, and will implement it again as soon as is reasonable.