Update to Library Services
Latest Update (11/14/22): As the number of infections decrease, the Ferguson Public Library is continuing to relax our COVID-19 safety protocols. Here’s what that will look like:
– Computers are now available for four 45 minutes sessions each day.
– Our copy machine is available to make copies, send faxes, and scan and send documents to an email. We can also print documents for you using our mobile print service. Your first 30 black and white copies are free per day, then 10 cents a page after that. All color copies are 50 cents a page. Faxing and scanning to an email address are free.
– Masks are no longer required, but still strongly encouraged. If you choose to wear a mask, please make sure your mask is covering your mouth and nose. If you need a mask, we can give you one. Library staff are still required to wear masks at this time.
– Notary services are available at this time.
– Browse for library materials, pick up your holds, and more! If you need help finding a book or movie, please ask at the front desk.
– Our curbside service is still available! Pick up printed documents, library materials, and more, all from the comfort of your car.
– Our hours remain the same – we’re open from 9 am – 8 pm, Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm on Friday, and 9 am- 4 pm on Saturday.
We are encouraged by the declining rate of transmission, but please be aware that should the rate of transmission, hospitalizations, etc. rise again, we will need to restrict services again. Let’s continue to work together to keep our community healthy!
The Ferguson Municipal Public Library is aware of the global COVID-19 pandemic and are taking added precautions in our facility to help keep our patrons, staff, and community healthy.
Temporary changes you may see include:
- Changes to library services, such as
- reduced hours of operation
- limits on computer use
- number of patrons in the building
- limits on how long a patron can stay in the building
- prohibiting use of our conference room and auditorium
- closing the building entirely
- Staff and patrons wearing face masks
- Increased cleaning measures
- Less seating
- Notifications throughout the library on proper hygiene such as hand-washing and sneezing/coughing
- Frequent wiping down of library surfaces such as the computers, tables, and copy machine
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly, our services are changing rapidly. Please continue to check this page for the latest information about our services and what we can offer during this time. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our weekly Wowbrary newsletter.
This section was updated on 8/30/2021.
The vaccines are here! Vaccines are available for anyone ages 12 and up. Check out the links below to find out where you can find a walk-in clinic to get vaccinated, or schedule a vaccination appointment.
If you are not able to schedule an appointment online, here are some numbers for you to call:
- John C. Murphy Health Center (St. Louis County Public Health) – (314) 615-0500.
- State of Missouri – 1-877-435-8411. Calls will only be answered from 7 am – 7 pm.
- BJC Healthcare – (314) 273-1252. BJC warns that call wait times may be long.
If you are age 60 or above, or are a homebound adult, Aging Ahead can help you get registered for a vaccine, coordinate transportation to and from your vaccination site, or help you get a vaccination at home if you are unable to leave your house. You can reach them by calling (636) 207-4209.
For more information about the vaccination roll-out in St. Louis and the state of Missouri, please visit the State of Missouri’s Stronger Together website and St. Louis County’s Coronavirus Information Center.
You may have concerns about the safety and efficacy of the available vaccines. Here are some trusted sources that can help explain how the different vaccines work, as well as dispel myths and misinformation that you may have seen online:
- COVID Vaccine Facts (from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services)
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination (from the CDC)
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (from the CDC)
- Information on the Different COVID-19 Vaccines (from the CDC)
- What to Expect After Getting a Vaccine (from the CDC)
As you seek information about the coronavirus, make sure your information is from a trusted source. Many sources can exaggerate, or even fabricate, news in an effort to create panic.
We recommend these online resources for accurate information on COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- St. Louis County Department of Public Health
- St. Louis County’s COVID-19 Website
- World Health Organization
Your child or teenager might have lots of questions about the virus and the pandemic. Maybe the change in routines has them, or even yourself, thrown off. Here are some resources on how to talk about the pandemic, emotions related to the pandemic, and information on how to keep your child healthy during this time:
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (from NPR)
- A Kid’s Guide to Coping with the Pandemic (from NPR)
- Keep Children Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic (from the CDC)
- The Pulse (from St. Louis Children’s Hospital)
- 10 Tips for Talking about COVID-19 With Your Kids (from PBS NewsHour)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19 (from the Mayo Clinic)