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Oceanside Library: Facilities closed.

3/17/2020

The Oceanside Public Library has temporarily closed all facilities until further notice. This includes the Civic Center Library, Mission Branch Library, Oceanside READS Learning Center and both Bookmobiles. As announced previously, all events sponsored by the Library, at these locations or elsewhere, are also suspended until at least April 1, in line with the City’s responses to the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Library arrived at this decision with the health and well-being of the public and its staff foremost in mind. Visit https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/fire/home/coronavirus.asp for more COVID-19 related information from the City.

All due dates will be extended until the Library reopens, and no overdue fees will accrue during the closure. For those who would like to drop off materials, book drops are still being attended to regularly at Civic Center and Mission Branch Libraries. Note, however, that donations of books, DVDs and the like are not currently being accepted.  The Library is currently working out a process to make items placed on Hold availabe during the closure.  Check back soon for more information.

Oceanside Public Library staff strongly encourage the public to visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org to discover all the Library resources online. Staff will be available to offer help by phone at 760-435-5600 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email public.library@ci.oceanside.ca.us with questions.

Individuals and families at home can take advantage of many free learning and recreational opportunities through the Library website, or by downloading special Library apps (click on Library Services and choose “eBooks & eMedia” or “Electronic Resources”): 

  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Libby and Hoopla apps
  • Enjoy digital children’s picture books on the TumbleBooks site
  • Stream movies, TV and music, and read digital comics, on Hoopla
  • Learn a new language with Mango Languages
  • Get school and job test help using LearningExpress Library
  • Find live homework help and tutoring through BrainFuse HelpNow
  • Explore the rest of these pages and the Library website for more to learn and enjoy

During the closure, Library staff will keep working hard behind the scenes on tasks with books and special projects, so each location will be better prepared to welcome back their communities when buildings reopen. The Oceanside Public Library is grateful to Oceanside and its surrounding communities for their continued support in keeping their public libraries safe and welcoming.


3/16/2020


The Libraries are open today until 5pm for picking up and returning materials only.  While the entire library is not accessible, staff will be on hand to retrieve material if possible.  The Bookmobile will run today on its normal schedule for pick up and returns as well.

Meeting spaces and public computers are not available.

Check back for updates.


3/12/2020

The Oceanside Public Library, a department of the City of Oceanside, wishes to thank its Oceanside and surrounding communities for their continued support in helping keep their public libraries safe and welcoming. In accordance with guidance from the City of Oceanside and State of California, the Library is responding to circumstances related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. As of today, Thursday, March 12, the Library has suspended all public-facing programs through at least the end of March. This includes all events (classes, storytimes, programs, book clubs, and the like) at Library locations or sponsored by the Library, including tonight’s program at MiraCosta College, “An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea.” All Library locations, as of now, remain open for Library services, with regular operating hours.

Governor Newsom has mandated upon state public health experts’ input that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across California until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Given this direction, the Library is not able to continue its programs for the present.

For more COVID-19 related information visit the City’s website at: https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/fire/home/coronavirus.asp

The Library hopes at this time that the public takes advantage of the abundance of online resources it offers, including electronic books, audiobooks, picture books, comics, magazines and movies, through apps such as Hoopla, Libby and TumbleBooks. For those who have not tried them yet, visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org and check them out. Please give the Library a call at 760-435-5600 for any help or questions.