Starting today, all branches of Austin’s public library system are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Austin announced Sunday in a press release.


Director of the Austin Public Library Roosevelt Weeks said in a tweet that their virtual library will remain available 24/7.


In an effort to slow the spread of the novel #coronavirus, all Austin Public Library locations, The Austin History Center and Recycled Reads will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/I9WuqLIZIG

— Austin Public Library (@AustinPublicLib) March 15, 2020

According to the library system’s website, locations will stay closed until Sunday, March 29.


@AustinPublicLib will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 until March 29. Our virtual library services will be available 24x7 for your use. Thank you for understanding and we can’t wait to open our physical doors to you again. Questions, please contact our main line

— Roosevelt Weeks (@rxweeks) March 15, 2020

The city also announced the closure of the Austin Animal Center, all pools, golf courses, athletic programs, recreation centers, and cultural centers.


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