The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System closed the main library at the Civic Center and the Altheimer Library at Altheimer due to health concerns. The other branches remain closed for renovations, according to a news release March 18.


An announcement will be made as soon when it becomes safe to reopen the library.


“In this time when government officials are calling for people to stay home, the library wants to help insure people have access to library services even though the facilities will be closed,” according to the release.


Library officials suggest the use of electronic resources that are available with a library card.


“Hoopla gives access to movies, e-books, magazines, music, TV shows and comics. Libby gives access to e-books and audio books. Help setting up the accounts is available by calling the library,” according to the release.


People may call 870-534-4802 to request books that can be picked up outside the Main Library between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.


They will need their library card number, and a code which library staff will explain. No DVDs will be checked out. Books will have extended due dates and overdue fines won’t be charged if items are returned when the library reopens, according to the release.


Books may be returned to any branch library through book returns. Watson Chapel and Redfield branches have new book returns installed.


Electronic library cards may be obtained for check out of e-materials by calling the library. These cards will work only for electronic materials and will need to be updated to a regular library card once the library reopens.


“We ask for your patience during these trying times. Please explore the resources available online to continue to have access to books, magazines and movies,” according to the release.


Details: Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, 870-534-4802.