The library can still safely serve the public

Published 5:06 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

The library’s role in the community hasn’t just been lending books, and hasn’t been for a long time. As of Monday, three more important services have returned to the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library through curbside pickup.

The library is now offering printing and faxing services at all locations Monday through Friday. Also, IRS documents will be available while supplies last.

“We are happy that we can continue to safely provide these vital services to our community,” Brookhaven headquarters librarian Kasie Brown said.

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The library is accepting cash and exact change only for all services. Checks will not be accepted. Patrons should put their money — contained in an envelope or bag with their name clearly visible — in the library drop box.

Print requests can be e-mailed to The cost of printing is 10 cents per black and white page and 50 cents per color page. They can also receive faxes for patrons at 50 cents per page. They cannot send out faxes at this time.

Brown said the library will print exactly what is sent to them. Brown said the library reserves the right to refuse printing services because of the amount of support it requires.

“For all services, patrons need to call the library for confirmation of the receipt,” Brown said in the press release. “Then the library can give them pick-up and pricing information.”

Brown said that the transaction process might feel unwieldy, but they ensure the safety of patrons and staff, allowing the library to provide vital services in the era of social distancing.

Library Director Katrina Castilaw said in a previous edition of The Daily Leader that the IRS will not be sending out new forms. Librarians will hand out what forms they have as available. If and when the library runs out, they will attempt to find the forms on the IRS website, and will print them out at 10 cents per page.

Instructions for pickup

Patrons are limited to five items out at a time. All materials should be returned through the library’s drop box. Returned items are currently being quarantined. Returned books are placed on book trucks for seven days, then thoroughly cleaned by library staff before being placed back on the library shelves. Once on the shelves, the books are ready to be requested for curbside pickup.

Staff members will call patrons with items are ready for pickup. When patrons arrive for pickup, they should call the library and be prepared to provide their pickup location number, card number and date of birth.

Curbside service will not be available during rain or severe weather. Patrons must wait for the staff member to leave their materials on the pickup hook. Person-to-person hand offs are not allowed. The library reserves the right to refuse service for cause.

The library cannot receive materials outside of the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library system, except for materials provided by the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library system.

Location pickup schedule and phone numbers

• Brookhaven, 601-833-5038, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Meadville, 601-384-3003, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Monticello, 601-587-2471, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• New Hebron, 601-694-2155, Monday-Friday, 12 noon-4:30 p.m.