Watsonville Public Library’s Response to COVID-19

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Santa Cruz County, the Watsonville Public Library is working with the City of Watsonville leadership to take necessary steps to respond to this evolving situation.  The library will be closed until April 8th.

All library materials have been renewed until May 30th.
Please ignore any overdue notices you may receive.
No fines will accrue during this period.

Library Closed Until April 8th

Please note that  the City will be closing all non-essential departments through April 7th. The library will be closed until April 8th.  Essential services such as public safety, garbage and recycling service pick-ups will not be impacted.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation.

How to Obtain an Online Access Library Card

Don't have a library card yet, but want to access resources from home? You can now apply for a library card online and get login information so you can read, stream music & movies, and learn from home during the library closure.
1. Fill Out the Online Library Card Application
2. Library staff will contact you to confirm information within 24 hours (except during weekend or Holidays)
3. Staff will provide you with your library card number and pin number
4. Pick up the physical library card within six months of the account being created (you will be asked to show ID and proof of address at that time)

No Fines on Items & Item Holds on Pause

There will be no late fines on items returned.
Current holds on physical materials will be available when libraries reopen. No new holds will be accepted.

Library Programs Cancelled Until Further Notice

Santa Cruz County's Health Services Agency (HAS) recently issued interim guidelines for social distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. These recommendations may affect our events and programs. As per instructions from City Administration, the library is cancelling all programs and meetings scheduled to be held at either library until April 8th. 

Staff will continue to monitor the changing situation and adjust our response as necessary. Please check this website for up-to-date information concerning library closures. We strongly encourage patrons who are feeling ill to stay home and not visit the Library, but use our online resources as an alternative. 

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority

The library is performing extra sanitizing of all "high touch" surfaces, including computer keyboards and mice; and making hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available. 

Library Access From Home

As always, free electronic materials are available to our cardholders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
These include: 

eBooks and eAudiobooks
Music, Movies, & TV Shows
Research Databases, including magazines and newspapers
Online Classes

Protect, Prepare, and Know the Facts

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19: 

► Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
► Cover your cough or sneeze
► Stay home if you are sick
► Avoid touching your face

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions
► County of Santa Cruz Health Agency's COVID-19 Updates & Information