Update to Library Services
Latest Update (6/2/21): As COVID cases decrease and vaccinations increase, we are tweaking our patron guidelines just a bit! Here is what you need to know:
– You can come indoors to use a computer, send a fax, make copies, and browse for library materials. Please limit your visit to one hour a day, and make sure you wear a mask!
– Our hours remain at 9 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. We hope to be back to our normal hours of operation soon.
– Computer sessions are limited to 45 minutes for patrons with a library card, and 20 minutes for patrons with a guest pass. You may only use a computer once per day.
– Still not comfortable coming in around people? We totally understand. Our curbside service is still available. Park in one of our designated spots, follow the directions on the sign to let us know you’re here, and we will come out and assist you at your car.
– And there is no need to make an appointment to come in for service!
We’ll see you at the library!
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.
The vaccines are here! Health officials all recommend that you register with multiple agencies and take the first available appointment to ensure you get vaccinated as soon as you are able. The links below will take you to area agencies’ websites to pre-register for a vaccine.
- St. Louis County Public Health
- BJC Healthcare
- Mercy Hospital
- SSM Health
- St. Luke’s Hospital
- State of Missouri
Demand is high, so agencies are asking that as many people as possible register online for the vaccine. If it is not possible for you to register online, here are some phone numbers you can call to register:
- St. Louis County – (314) 615-2660. Calls will only be answered from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
- 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.
- Mercy Hospital – 1-833-364-6777. This is an automated number.
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)
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)