As of Sunday, March 15th, the library is closed to the public and will remain closed until further notice. All in-person programs and events are cancelled or postponed.

Although our building may be closed, we are still here to serve you! Library staff are available by phone (412-741-6920), email (sewickley@einetwork.net) and online chat on our website. Check our Event Calendar for a list of virtual programs or visit our YouTube channel for posted videos.


Update: (5/15/20) As announced last Friday, Gov. Wolf has moved Allegheny County to the “yellow” phase of the COVID-19 plan beginning Friday, May 15th.  Libraries in Allegheny County are NOT part of this opening plan and will remain closed until approved to re-open by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Remember, all due dates are extended and there are no late fees during the closure. Although our book drop is open, you do not need to return your items at this time.


Help Us Manage Physical Item Requests
 
As we work hard making plans to restart some library services in the county, one thing is clear…there are a lot of items on request. The county’s system has never seen such demand! It shows how much our users love their libraries, but it also poses potential problems for when we restart request services. We’re asking our patrons to help reduce the load on the system by self managing holds. What does that mean? If you have any physical items requested that you don’t really need right now, it would be really helpful if you could cancel them. Click here for instructions on how to cancel requests.
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will the library re-open?
Will the library be open to the public to use computers, meeting rooms, etc. when you re-open?
When will library programs resume?
My item was due a while ago. Will I get fines?
Do I need to return my items?
Is the book drop open?
Can still I request physical items?
Do you offer curb-pickup?
Is the library offering tax-assistance services during the filing extension?
Are library staff still working?

 

When will the library re-open?

Libraries in Pennsylvania cannot open until directed by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Once approved, library users can expect a phased re-opening at the Sewickley Public Library. Please note, many library services will be limited or unavailable during the early opening phases. The library will follow all guidelines set by the state, county and the US Centers for Disease Control. More information about re-opening will be posted when it becomes available.

 

Will the library be open to the public to use computers, meeting rooms, etc. when you re-open?

Not at first. We plan to re-open the library in phases. In the early phase, we expect to offer curbside pick-up options only. We will begin to bring back additional services as we are able, following all health and safety guidelines set by the state and county. More information about re-opening will be posted when it becomes available.

 

When will library programs resume?

Not for a while. Even after we re-open, we will not offer in-person programs at first to make sure we provide a safe and healthy environment for staff and library patrons. We are closely monitoring all state and county guidelines to determine when we will be able to offer in-person programs again. Until then, library users can participate in our virtual programs which you can find on our Event Calendar

 

My item was due a while ago. Will I get fines?

No, we are extending the due dates for all items and waiving all overdue fines during the library closure.

 

Do I need to return my items?

You do not have to return your items during the library closure. All due dates are being extended and overdue fines waived.

 

Is the book drop open?

Yes, the book drop in the rear of the library is open. Although you do not have to return your items, the option is available if you would like to. Know that items cannot be checked in until staff can safely return to the building, so you will still see items on your account until they are able to be checked in.

 

Can still I request physical items?

No, requests for physical items are currently disabled in the online catalog. You can create lists of items you want to request later in our catalog or search our digital collection for items you can check out digitally.

 

Do you offer curb-pickup?

At this time, we cannot offer online ordering or material pick-up services. We hope to make this option available as part of our phased re-opening. More information will be posted once plans are finalized.

 

Is the library offering tax-assistance services during the filing extension?

No, we do not have any tax appointments during the filing extension. If you are looking for tax assistance, you can call 211 – a service from the United Way – to find nearby locations offering tax assistance.

 

Are library staff still working?

Yes! Library staff members are working diligently from home. They are answering calls, emails and chats; creating and hosting online programs; preparing for our summer reading programs; writing blogs; updating social media; and overall adapting our library services to continue serving our community.


The library’s closure is required by the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For current information regarding details about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Allegheny County Health Department,  Pennsylvania Department of Health or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control websites.