Updates Regarding Library Service and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note: Due to the rapidly changing nature of the current situation, these updates may change. We will post any changes as quickly as possible.


The library is OPEN for EXPRESS LIBRARY services!

We are currently offering Express Library services to the public. The Express Library gives users a chance to come into the library to browse our collection, check out items, and use the public computers. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of library staff & patrons, including: requiring masks for all patrons, increasing cleaning and sanitizing of highly used areas, offering hours for high-risk individuals, and limiting visit times.

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Express Library:

  • Browsing is welcome!
  • Please limit your visit to 30 minutes
  • Limited public computers are available for 45 minute sessions
  • Meetings, gatherings, or study sessions are not allowed at this time
  • Toys and play sets are unavailable in the Children’s Department
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building and asked to maintain social distancing
  • Please use the outdoor book drop to return all materials
  • Both front and rear entrances are now open

Express Library Hours (beginning November 1, 2020)

Monday – Thursday10am – 8pm
Friday10am – 6pm
Saturday10am – 5pm
Sunday1pm – 5pm

Hours for High Risk Individuals

Tuesday/Thursday9am – 10am

Curbside Pickup Hours

Curbside pickup is available by request. Call us at 412-741-6920 or request online to schedule a pickup.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What hours is the library open?
Are there hours for high-risk individuals?
Is curbside service still available?
How does curbside service work?
Are computers available?
Is printing available?
When will library programs resume?
Can I schedule a meeting room?
When are my items due?
Where can I return my items?
Is the outside book drop open?
I returned my items, why are they still on my account/why am I getting an overdue notice?
Will I get fines?
What happens to the books I have on hold?
Can I request physical items in the library catalog?
How do I access library resources from home?
Are you accepting material donations?
When is the next book sale?


What hours is the library open?

Expanded hours beginning Sunday, November 1st:

Monday-Thursday (10am-8pm)
Friday (10am-6pm)
Saturday (10am-5pm)
Sunday (1pm – 5pm)

Are there hours for high-risk individuals?

Yes! Special hours have been designated for high-risk individuals and those over 60 years old on Tuesday & Thursday (9-10am).

Is curbside service still available?

Yes! Curbside pickup is available by request. Call us at 412-741-6920 or request online to schedule a pickup.

How does curbside service work?

Follow these steps to set up a curbside pickup:

  1. Request the item(s) you would like to pick up using our online catalog or call the library to make your request.
  2. Visit sewickleylibrary.org/curbside-pickup or call 412-741-6920 to schedule a pickup date/time. Please note, a limited number of time slots are available. Requests must be made at least 2 hours in advance. 
  3. At your designated pick up time, you can pick up your materials at the table by the back door of the library near the rear parking lot. Items will already be checked out for you with a receipt included that lists due date(s). 

Printing is also now available! Use our Remote Printing service to submit your print job to our printer. Schedule a pick up time to collect your prints.

Are computers available?

Yes! Limited computers are available for public use in the adult department. We have reduced the number of PCs available to promote social distancing. You can use computers for one 45-minute session each day.

Is printing available?

Yes, printing services will be available. You can print from our public computers or use our Remote Printing service from home and pickup at the library. Patrons must see the staff member on duty to retrieve prints.

When will library programs resume?

All in-house library programs and meetings are cancelled until further notice. Visit the library’s Event Calendar for a list of virtual programs.

Can I schedule a meeting room?

No, all of our meeting spaces are closed at this time. Public use of our meeting and study rooms has been postponed until further notice.

When are my items due?

All due dates for materials checked out prior to the library’s closure in March were extended through July 1, 2020. Many items may be renewed past that date, though items that have holds on them can no longer be extended and must be returned to the library.

Where can I return my items?

Please return ALL items in the library’s book drop in the rear of the building off of the parking lot. Inside book returns are not available at this time. Please note, all returned items will be quarantined for 4 days before they can be checked in. You may see items on your account for several days after they are returned, but we will check them in as soon as it is safe to do so.

Is the outside book drop open?

Yes, the library’s book drop in the rear of the building off of the parking lot is open 24/7. You can return your items at any time.

I returned my items, why are they still on my account/why am I getting an overdue notice?

For the safety of our staff and patrons, the library is quarantining all returned items for 4 days before we can check them in. Items will remain on your account during this time. You may still receive an automated overdue notice while your items are in quarantine. Staff will check your item(s) in when it is safe to do so. If you have any questions regarding returned items, please call the library at 412-741-6920.

Will I get fines?

Overdue fines for all library materials checked out before our closure in March are waived through July 1. Many items will be automatically renewed after July 1, but any item(s) that have holds cannot be renewed and must be returned to the library.

If you have a question about an overdue fine on your account, please contact us at 412-741-6920.

What happens to the books I have on hold?

You will be contacted when your hold(s) become available. They can be picked up in the library or you can request curbside pickup.

Can I request physical items in the library catalog?

Yes, the online catalog is fully functioning and can be used to request items on your account.

How do I access library resources from home?

Library users can access tons of library resources from home! Visit our research page for a list of available resources: https://sewickleylibrary.org/research/ Find kid-friendly resources on our kids’ page: https://sewickleylibrary.org/kids

Are you accepting material donations?

No, we cannot accept any materials donations until further notice.

When is the next book sale?

Book sales have been cancelled until further notice. At this time, we do not have any dates set for the next book sale.


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.

Library Open for Express Service