San Antonio Public Library is now offering these services:
Services are subject to change based on local health guidance.
Please note that the following locations are undergoing building improvement projects and are closed or offering limited services: Central, McCreless, Memorial, and Forest Hills (see details here).
Q: Why do I have to wear a mask?
A: As a city department, we are following local health guidelines. It is a City requirement that masks are worn by both staff and public accessing services within city facilities
Q: I don’t want to wear a mask/pull up my mask over nose and mouth
A: The city has required wearing masks for staff and public accessing services within city facilities. If you do not want to wear a mask, there may be options for you outside the building (including SAPL Wifi and laptop computer, call 207-2500 for assistance, etc) but you will need to leave the building if you cannot or do not want to wear a mask.
This guide aims to provide current information and reliable resources for understanding and responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Updated information and guidance will be provided as they become available from public health authorities.
San Antonio Metro Health COVID-19 Information: Current risk level is LOW.LD. II
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is caused by a novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 that was first identified as part of an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person through close contact (within 6 feet).
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 infection and avoid exposure to this virus. People with COVID-19 have a wide range clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic to respiratory failure with multi-organ dysfunction and death in severe cases.. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.
Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and others.
*CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders.
Since COVID-19 is such a fast-moving pandemic, rumors and misinformation sometimes from seemingly reliable sources are inevitable. It's best to rely on information from authoritative sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Below are some critical-thinking steps to help you sort out facts from fake news.