Updated April 8 at 4 p.m. with information regarding temporary eCards for libraries.
Patrons could still check out books at Santa Rosa County libraries despite facilities being closed due to COVID-19, but that program is coming to an end.
As of 4 p.m., April 17, the holds pick up service will be discontinued. The last day to place a hold is Thursday, April 9.
While physical books will no longer be available, Santa Rosa County is encouraging citizens to take advantage of eSources and Axis360 eBooks. Individuals may now check out up to five eBooks at a time.
Citizens can access these resources through the Library System’s website.
Santa Rosa County residents who do not have a library card can call the libraries (981-READ) to get a temporary eCard. This eCard can be used to access online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, language learning, homework help, genealogy resources, and more. A block will be placed on these temporary eCards when the libraries resume normal operations. At that time, eCard holders can come into the library to show a photo id and proof of address so their card can be reactivated with full privileges.
A date has not yet been set for reopening of libraries.