Current Services and COVID Updates
     
     

Library Services Update:

All five branches of the Putnam County Library System will resume normal operating hours on Monday, October 12, 2020. Please note: Occupancy is limited to half capacity.


Patrons can also reserve the meeting rooms during library hours and non-profit groups can reserve the meeting room after hours when necessary. Occupancy is also limited to half capacity in the meeting rooms and social distancing is expected for all meeting attendees/participants.


County administration is requesting that those who are sick or who are currently diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 to stay home and not enter any of our facilities. Please also consider wearing a mask when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.


Headquarters (Palatka) Library:
• Closed Sundays
• Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bostwick Library:
• Closed Sundays and Mondays
• Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Wednesdays: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Fridays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.

Interlachen, Crescent City, and Melrose Libraries:
• Closed Sundays and Mondays
• Tuesdays-Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Please note: Hours are subject to change at any time or in the event of an emergency.


Free public WiFi will be available 24 hours a day.


Patrons will be free to browse the shelves and check out books inside. However, we are asking that all returns be deposited in the metal book returns outside. Staff will not be able to accept returns at the desk at this time. All returned library materials are quarantined for at least 72 hours before they are checked in.


We have around 11,000 eBooks and 1,100 audiobooks for you to download and enjoy on your computer or mobile device. There’s even 77 popular eMagazines! Go to www.FunInPutnam.com and click on the “eBooks” button at the top to get started with OverDrive or Libby.


Fine Free Month continues through October 31. So, we are waiving any and all overdue fines as long as overdue materials are returned in good condition. Please take advantage of this fine amnesty to return any library materials you may have out. These items can be a week or years overdue. Please note: We cannot waive fines for items that are lost or damaged.


To maintain social distance, there is a limited number of computers available at each library. Library patrons are asked to limit computer use to a single 1-hour computer session per day to ensure as many people have a chance to use the computers as possible.


Library card holders are able to walk up to any available computer and sign on with their library card number or reserve a computer in advance online at: https://cybrarian2.com/putnam. Those without a card need a guest pass.


All prints will need to be paid for in advance before they are released from the printer. Please bring exact change or small bills if you can. At this time, we can only accept cash or check and we cannot accept $20 bills or anything larger.
Magazines, newspapers, and microfilm will not be available at this time as we don’t have a way to sanitize them between uses.


A few reminders:


Our weekly virtual story times will continue as in-person programming has been cancelled through the rest of the year. New videos will premiere every Tuesday. For anyone following along with the children’s crafts (there are two new crafts each week): You can also pick up a new “Library On The Go” craft bag each week (while supplies last).


We are also offering “Home Ec at Home” grab-and-go bags. The contents of each bag and the instructional videos which accompany them teach life skills like sewing, crochet, weaving, and more. The tools inside the bag (looms, crochet hooks, etc.) are yours to keep once you’ve finished the example craft.


For up-to-date information about library services, please check Facebook.com/PutnamLib.

For answers to any other questions: Please call your library branch and speak to one of our friendly staff:

Palatka: 386-329-0126
Bostwick: 386-326-2750
Crescent City: 386-698-2600
Interlachen: 386-684-1600
Melrose: 352-475-1237

Thank you and stay safe.


How to place a hold:

  1. Access our catalog online at www.FunInPutnam.com
  2. Search by title, author, or subject in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the website. You'll then be taken to our dedicated online catalog.
  3. When you find a title you'd like to check out, click on the "Place Hold" button. You'll then be prompted to log in.
  4. You can also click on the "Log In" button in the upper right hand corner of the catalog screen. From there, you can view your check outs, holds, fines, etc.
  5. To log in to your account, you will need your library card number (found on the back of your card under the barcode) and PIN. If you've never logged in before, you may not have a PIN set up. You can set a four-digit PIN number by calling the library. You can always change the PIN later (after you log in) or set up an "EZ Username" and "EZ Password" that only you know.When your hold is available, we'll give you a call. Please make sure we have your updated phone number on file.
  6. After that, you can pick up your hold at the Front Desk during normal operating hours. Please note: if you are requesting a book from one library to be delivered to another, it may take a week or longer. If the book is already checked out to another borrower, it may take much longer as we are extending due dates.