COVID-19 Closure Updates

Last updated: March 27, 2020

Pratt Library Closed for Coronavirus Prevention

All Pratt Library locations closed to the public at 5pm on Friday, March 13. Libraries are naturally places that people congregate, which makes it difficult for us to support social distancing. We know that people rely on our libraries, and this is an incredibly difficult decision.

The Pratt Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID-19 with the guidance of health officials. We will continue to look for innovative solutions to provide service to our community. Customers can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.

Read the full message from the Pratt CEO on our blog.

Temporary Policy Changes

During the library closure, we have made the following updates to our policies:

  • All items originally due back between March 13 and April 3 have been changed to a due date of May 4.
  • Customers are encouraged to keep checked out materials until further¬†notice.
  • We are suspending all communication regarding overdue materials until May 4.¬†
  • Customers who had long-overdue materials will not be referred to our collection agency for the remainder of March, April, and May.
  • Any library cards due to expire will remain active during the closure.

Extended Borrowing Privileges for Downloads and Streaming Media

  • Kanopy Kids: unlimited watching until April 16
  • Kanopy: temporary checkout limit: 15 per month for all other Kanopy titles
  • Hoopla: temporary¬†checkout limit: 15 per month

Trusted Information

The Library is committed to providing accurate information about COVID-19 to customers. If you have questions about the virus, please see our web guide, Coronavirus COVID-19: Links You Can Trust.


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