Jasper library starts curbside pickup


JASPER - The Jasper Public Library began offering curbside pickup on Monday.

Patrons can request titles online at www.youseemore.com/cerl using a library card and four-digit pin. The website is also where patrons can see which titles are available through Jasper Public Library. Loans between libraries have been suspended at this time.

The number of holds that can be placed on an account will be limited to four at a time.

Requests can also be made by calling 205-221-2568 or 205-221-8512 Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Callers will be asked to provide their library card number.

It may take at least 24 hours to fulfill some requests. New releases and other popular titles will be limited to one per card and will only be available for a seven-day checkout period due to the high demand that is expected.

DVDs will be limited to three per card and will also be available for seven days only.

Pickups will take place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Staff members will call when items are ready, and patrons will have to pick them up that day.

Individuals will call when they arrive in the library parking lot, and a staff member will bring a bag containing the items and a checkout slip to the back door.

There will be no contact between patrons and library staff.

Items must be returned to the book drop bin located at the end of the parking lot.

For health reasons, staff members will wear a mask and gloves while moving materials, and returned items will be quarantined for 48 hours before being made available to the next person.

Jasper Public Library has been closed to the public since mid-March. Without access to physical books, patrons have been taking advantage of the collection of e-books, audiobooks and magazines available through the Libby app.

Discarded titles have been made available via book carts placed at the front door of the library Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as weather permits.

The library’s computers are not available for use at this time, and all activities, including the popular summer reading program, have been canceled.

Library staff members have continued to serve patrons by phone and have also been hosting a virtual story time on the library’s Facebook page.

A new series featuring guest readers started recently. Jasper Mayor David O’Mary was the first to stop by.

Patrons who have titles checked out from before the pandemic must return them by July 15 in order to avoid fines. The book drop bin is open 24/7.