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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Library Switches to Curbside Service

Coronavirus Update

UPDATED - 12:30 p.m. 3/17/2020

The Longview Public Library will be switching to curbside service while temporarily suspending inside access to the public to implement Coronavirus (COVID-19) procedures. The suspension of inside services, which includes cancellation of all public programs and events in the library, is currently scheduled through March 31, but future dates will be re-evaluated as necessary.  Curbside services will be available at the main branch of the Longview Public Library only; the Broughton Branch Library will be closed during this time. 

Curbside services will be made available to anyone with a good standing library account. The service will be available Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  At least 24 hours prior to pick up, patrons will place a hold on their online account at LongviewTexas.gov/Library or call 903-237-1350. Library staff will notify customers when items are available and then bring the pre-ordered library items to patron’s cars in the back of the library.   

To request curbside items online, patrons can log into their account and search the library catalog for materials. Patrons may select any material in the catalog, whether checked out or not, and place that item on hold. Library staff will have up to 24 hours to pull those items and will then call the patron when the items are available for pick up. Please do not come to curbside services until you have been notified materials are ready for pickup. Patrons are limited to 15 items per library card and 5 of those items can be DVD’s or Blu Rays. Curbside pick up will include taking items on hold to the patron’s car and taking items from the patron to return. All fines will need to be paid online and must be over $2.00 to process. Patrons are not permitted to leave their car unattended during Curbside Pick Up. 

Please remember that the Longview Public Library’s many free online resources and digital services are always available 24/7 with your Library Card at LongviewTexas.gov/Library, including e-books and e-audiobooks, streaming TV, movie and music services, online classes and tutoring, and databases. Library materials can continue to be dropped off in the book drops located behind the building.  Children’s programs will be streamed via Facebook Live.  Library staff will also be available via phone services Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Any library materials due during this time will be renewed for after March 31. 

The City of Longview previously canceled all activities, events, programs, and rentals at city facilities and parks through the end of March. 

In addition, Green Street Recreation will be closed through the end of the month.  Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center and Broughton Recreation Center will still be open.  

City offices will be open; however, customers are encouraged to conduct business by phone or online if possible. Many city services can be accessed online. City of Longview officials and public safety personnel will continue to monitor the situation closely.

In compliance with the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, the Longview Municipal Court has suspended all Bench and Jury Trials until further notice.  All other hearings (Juvenile Docket, Show Cause Hearing, Reconsideration Hearing, and Indigent Hearing) are temporarily suspended until a means of participating remotely such as teleconferencing is established. 

If you are currently scheduled for a court hearing or trial you should contact the Municipal Court to ensure that we have your current telephone number and mailing address so that you will receive future notifications concerning your case.  The Court encourages you to call or use electronic means to contact the clerk’s office and avoid appearing in person.  

The City of Longview will continue to hold public meetings related to City Council functions. The City of Longview is asking residents who are experiencing symptoms such as fever or cough or who have traveled to affected areas to refrain from physically attending these meetings.  Residents may stream City Council meetings remotely on CityView Municipal Television or on the City of Longview’s Facebook page.

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