SUBJECT: California issues guidance to open curbside service at libraries
CONTACT: Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Director, (805) 256-8535
Dana Vinke, Deputy Director, (805) 212-9558
Ventura County Library system is preparing to implement curbside services.
State guidelines for retail curbside pick-up were modified last week to allow libraries to provide curbside pick-up of materials, and libraries across the county have begun to reopen these limited services. The largest library system in the county, the Ventura County Library, operates twelve libraries and is actively preparing to safely implement curbside services over the next two weeks at most branches.
Public libraries across Ventura County have been closed since mid-March when the State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order requiring most Californians to stay at home to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The state announced these efforts have allowed them to move forward on their roadmap for modifying the statewide order, including allowing public libraries to reopen for curbside pick-up of materials. Public libraries had previously not been allowed to operate under the orders.
Ventura County Library Director Nancy Schram says, “Safely reestablishing access to physical library materials is a significant step toward restoring in-person library services.”
Schram says library employees have been performing exceptional work and providing services and programs in the virtual environment during the closure. However, feedback received from the community during the closure of the physical library branches has emphasized the critical role libraries play in providing access to print materials and Internet access in particular. The library is currently working with the Ventura County Library Foundation to raise funds to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks to loan out to community members as part of their lending library.
Check the library’s website at www.vencolibrary.org for the latest information and services that are available.
For additional information, contact Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Director at (805) 256-8535
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Ventura County Library has 12 locations across the County:
El Rio Branch:
- Albert H. Soliz Library, 2820 Jourdan Street, Oxnard, CA 93036
Heritage Valley branches:
- Fillmore Library, 502 2nd Street, Fillmore, CA 93015
- Piru Library, 3811 Center Street, Piru, CA 93040
Oak Park branch:
- Oak Park Library, 899 North Kanan Road, Oak Park, CA 91377
Ojai Valley region branches:
- Meiners Oaks Library, 114 North Padre Juan, Ojai, CA 93023
- Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Avenue, Oak View, CA 93022
- Ojai Library, 111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023
Port Hueneme branch:
- Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme, CA 93041
Ventura region branches:
- Avenue Library, 606 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001
- E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
- Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, Ventura, CA 93003
Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004