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.


UPDATE (6/28/2021):

As per guidelines from the PA Department of Health, as of June 28, 2021, masks will be optional for all library visitors.

This change builds on the library’s expansion of services that went into effect on June 1 and includes: returning to normal business operating hours, offering limited meeting and study room spaces, and bringing back some in-person programs.

Here’s What You Need to Know:

  • Visitors are no longer required to wear a mask in the library
  • There are no time limits to visits
  • Limited chairs and seating available throughout the library
  • Limited public computers are available for 2 hour sessions, limit of one session per day
  • Limited meetings and study rooms are available beginning June 1
  • Toys and play sets are unavailable in the Children’s Department
  • Materials can now be returned inside & outside in the library’s book drop locations

Library Hours (beginning 6/1/21):

Monday9am – 9pm
Tuesday9am – 9pm
Wednesday9am – 9pm
Thursday9am – 9pm
Friday9am – 6pm
Saturday9am – 5pm
Sunday1pm – 5pm

Limited curbside pickup appointments are still available. Call us at 412-741-6920 or schedule a curbside pickup online.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I visit the library in person?
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 WiFi available?
Is printing available?
Can I sit and read/work in the library?
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?


Can I visit the library in person?

Yes, the library building is open to visitors for browsing, material check out, study spaces and computer sessions.

What hours is the library open?

As of June 1, the library will be available during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday (9am-9pm)
Friday (9am-6pm)
Saturday (9am-5pm)
Sunday (1pm-5pm)

Are there hours for high-risk individuals?

The library is providing curbside pickup options for those that cannot come into the library during regular business hours. Call us at 412-741-6920 or request online to schedule a pickup.

Is curbside service still available?

Yes, we have limited curbside appointments still available. 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 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 2-hour session each day. No appointment needed.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi inside & outside of the building is available. You may sit at the provided tables and chairs within the library or use our outdoor patio space to access WiFi on your own device.

WiFi HotSpots are also available for checkout. Please contact the library at sewickley@einetwork.net or 412-741-6920, x3 for more information.

Is printing available?

Yes, printing services are available. You can print from our public computers or use our Remote Printing service from home and pickup at the library in-person or through our curbside service. Our self-service printing station is back up and running!

Can I sit and read/work in the library?

Yes! Limited seats are available in each department. Feel free to sit & read or work at any of the tables or chairs throughout the library. Limited tutoring spaces are available at this time. Please ask a Librarian for details. We also ask that you do not move any of the furniture at this time.

When will library programs resume?

Beginning June 1, we are bringing back some in-person programs, offering some hybrid (in-person & virtual), and keeping some virtual programs. Visit the library’s Event Calendar for a full list of programs with details about each. Call us at 412-741-6920 if you have questions about a specific program.

Can I schedule a meeting room?

Yes! Beginning June 1, our Conference Room and Study Room will be available for public and library use. Each room has capacity limits. Please contact the library at 412-741-6920, ext 3. with questions or requests to book one of the rooms.

When are my items due?

All items are due on the date listed on your receipt at checkout. Please note, many items may be automatically renewed. Items that have holds cannot be renewed and must be returned to the library. If you have questions about when your items are due, call us at 412-741-6920.

Where can I return my items?

Items can be returned in either the outside book drop or inside the library at one of the indoor book drops.

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?

Items are no longer being quarantined after they are returned. But if you have any questions regarding returned items, please call the library at 412-741-6920.

Will I get fines?

Yes, overdue items are subject to fines. All items are due on the date listed on your receipt at checkout. Please note, many items may be automatically renewed. Items that have holds cannot be renewed and must be returned to the library. 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. 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. You can pick up your items in-person or schedule a curbside appointment for item 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?

Yes! The library is once again accepting donations of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs, during regular operating hours. Learn more about donating your new or gently used items here.

When is the next book sale?

The Friends are hosting a full-scale book sale this fall! The sale will be held Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12. Please visit our Event Calendar for more details.


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.