Mask Mandate

Individuals are required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while in a Cobb County Public Library branch. This mandate is effective August 31, 2020.

This mandate is in place on the authority of County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris.

Public health agencies, including CDC and Cobb & Douglas Public Health, urge people to wear masks in public as a step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 along with social distancing in public settings and other preventative actions. Masks should be made of multiple layers of breathable material, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly around the sides of the face to prevent gaps.

Exceptions to the policy are:

  • Children under five years of age
  • People with chronic health conditions, such as lung or heart disease; disabilities that would make it difficult to wear a face covering; and other physical, health, or mental conditions that would make it intolerable to wear a face covering or mask. Examples may include individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, and PTSD.

Reopening

Seven Cobb County Public Libraries opened to the public under limited services Monday, July 6, 2020. They are East Cobb, Mountain View Regional, North Cobb Regional, Sewell Mill, South Cobb Regional, Vinings, and West Cobb Regional. Hours are Mondays from 10 am – 8 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am – 6 pm.

Three additional branches open for curbside hold pickup ONLY Monday, August 3. They are Powder Springs, Sibley and Stratton branches. For more information on curbside hold pickup, see that section below. Though not open to the public, staff at these three locations continue to quarantine returns, process hold requests, provide telephone reference, and create virtual programming in addition to now offering curbside hold pickup.

Patrons entering the library will be screened with a temperature check and required to wear masks.

Casual visits of more than a few minutes to libraries and sitting down will not be possible under the health and safety guidelines for maintaining social distancing for reducing the community spread of COVID-19.

Patrons are asked to limit visits to the following activities:

  • Browse and check out material.
  • Pick up holds. Curbside hold pickup remains an option for patrons who do no wish to enter library buildings but is available on a more limited basis. See below for more details.
  • Manage library accounts – apply for a new card, renew existing card, pay fines, or place holds.
  • Use public computer. See more details below on reserving a computer in advance.
  • Complete the Census.
  • Seek reference/information assistance.

The following is NOT available during limited services:

  • Space to sit, read, or utilize electronic devices (including charging devices) is not available in any area of the library.
  • Study rooms and meeting rooms.
  • Creative Studios in the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center.
  • Proctoring.
  • In-person programming. All programming will continue to be virtual with the exception of some outdoor events.

For even more information, read our Press Release here.


Book Drops

Outdoor book drops at all Cobb library locations with the exception of Switzer Library and Windy Hill Library are open. Please note that returned items will be placed in quarantine directly from book drops. Items will remain on your account for up to 5 days. Items will be checked in and your account updated after items come out of quarantine.

When libraries re-open July 6, indoor book drops will remain closed to maintain the integrity of the quarantine process. However, Book Club Kits and items that do not fit in outdoor book drops may be brought into the building and deposited into a receptacle provided by staff, which will be taken to the quarantine area.


Curbside Service

There are 10 libraries now providing curbside hold pickup as of Monday, August 3. Those libraries are the 7 branches listed above that are open to the public as well as Powder Springs, Sibley, and Stratton branches which are offering curbside pickup ONLY.

Pickup hours are Mondays from 11 am – 2 pm and 5 – 7 pm; and Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am – 2 pm. There will be no weekend service. Pickup hours will remain limited due to staffing considerations.

 

To schedule a pick up time, please click here.

 

Gritters holds to be picked up at Mountain View.
Kemp holds to be picked up at West Cobb.
Lewis A. Ray holds to be picked up at Vinings.
Sweetwater holds to be picked up at Powder Springs.
Switzer holds to be picked up at Sewell Mill.

Please note: Hold requests for the five libraries not offering curbside service are being automatically re-routed to selected curbside locations based on capacity, staffing, and proximity to the home library. Available holds may be transferred upon request to any of the 7 libraries open to the public.

 

Your Home Library: Holds to be Picked Up at: Address:
Gritters Mountain View
770-509-2725
3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066
Kemp West Cobb
770-528-4699
1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw 30152
Lewis A. Ray Vinings
770-801-5330
4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta  30339
Sweetwater Powder Springs
770-439-3600
4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1, Powder Springs 30127
Switzer Sewell Mill
770-509-2711
2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 30068

Public Computer Use

The number of available public PCs has been reduced to enable social distancing. To minimize the number of patrons waiting for computers, you may now call ahead to reserve computer time. We will accept same-day reservations only.

Patrons may reserve a computer for 1 hour. If, at the end of the first session, computers are available, patrons may reserve a second hour. The two hour per day limit will be strictly enforced in order to make the limited number of PCs readily available to more patrons.

Walk-ins are still welcomed, but self-serve reservation stations will be disabled in branches that offer them. If you make a reservation in-person, we ask that you wait outside or in your car until your computer comes available.


Donations

We are not currently accepting donations.


Telephone Information Service Available

Struggling with what to read next? Need reference or research assistance? Have a question about your account? Want to know more about Library Express? All branches are providing telephone information. Libraries that are open to the public will take calls during operating hours. Libraries NOT open to the public are still taking calls Monday through Friday from 10 am – 5 pm.


Use the Library from Home!

Our libraries offer online digital resources for all ages! Find eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming video, digital magazines, comic and newspapers, online databases, and so much more. Visit our Use the Library from Home! page for more information and a list of resources.


COVID-19 Response and Resources

Find COVID-19 resources and information on Cobb County’s website.


Looking for more information about Library Express? Please visit our FAQ page!


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