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 (01/31/2021):

Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, the library will again offer 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, and limiting visit times.

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

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

Library Hours (beginning 2/1/21):

Monday10am – 8pm
Tuesday10am – 8pm
Wednesday10am – 8pm
Thursday10am – 8pm
Friday10am – 6pm
Saturday10am – 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?
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, as of Monday, February 1, 2021, the library building is open to visitors for quick visits and computer sessions.

What hours is the library open?

The library will be available during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday (10am-8pm)
Friday (10am-6pm)
Saturday (10am-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.

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 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. No appointment needed.

Is WiFi available?

Although study space is not available inside the library at this time, our WiFi extends into our parking lot allowing access outside the building. You can remain in your vehicle or work outside on our lawn if you choose. Please maintain social-distancing and wearing a mask as recommended by Allegheny County Health Department guidelines.

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 will be available. You can print from our public computers or use our Remote Printing service from home and pickup at the library through our curbside service. If printing in person, 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 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?

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 quarantines all returned items for 4 days before we 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?

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. Schedule a curbside appointment to pickup your item(s).

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.