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To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City will be reducing service levels to essential services only. All City Hall offices are closed, except the main customer service counter (which is now open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM), Development Services, and the Permit Counter which is also open 8AM-5PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.

COVID-19 Library FAQs

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UPDATED: 6/242021

The safety of our customers and staff is the number one priority of the Lincoln Public Library.  In March 2020, we made the difficult decision to close our library as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 and to protect staff and customers. The library reopened under a limited "Grab and Go" model on Monday, October 12, 2020, and returned to our normal hours on April 5, 2021. The library has returned to mostly normal operations as of June 15, 2021. 

We are available to answer your questions in the library, by phone, by email at library@lincolnca.gov or on Facebook

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Library Services and My Account

UPDATED: Why did the library close? When will the library re-open?
Beginning on Friday, March 13, 2020, the Lincoln Public Library closed to the public through to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This closure followed recommendations from both the Governor of California and the Placer County Health Department, and direction from the City of Lincoln. The Library reopened with a "Grab and Go" model on Monday, October 12, 2020. Click here for more information on our Grab-and-Go model.  As of April 5, 2021, the Library returned to its regular open hours, with service modifications in line with guidance from the California Department of Public Health. As of June 15th, the library is open without social distancing modifications and with most services reinstated. Programs and room rentals are continuing to be phased in. 

Can I drop my library items off at library book drops?
Yes, you may! The exterior library book drops are open as of May 11th, 2020. Please observe social distancing while using the book drops if another user is also dropping off their books. 

My books are due.  What should I do? 
You may return books to the exterior book drops, the interior book drops, or the front desk during our open hours. For your peace of mind, due dates for items checked out prior to the closure were extended to July 1, 2020. If you still have an item that you checked out before the closure, please return it as soon as possible and we will forgive any lost item fees.


All items checked out on or after May 16th, 2020, are loaned for the standard loan period. Please check your receipt or account for your due dates. Please return your items to the book drop on or before your due date.

I returned my books to the book drops between March 12-March 22, 2020, and they are still on my account. What should I do?
Please contact the library at library@lincolnca.gov. 

Am I able to pick up my holds?
You may now pick up your holds through our curbside service or by coming into the library during our open hours. 

I am staying home and want to access the library’s online resources. 
The Lincoln Public Library has a robust collection of online resources that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please visit our online learning page to find resources including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming music and videos, databases and online learning, online tutoring, career support, and much more. 

Learn more about our online collectionshomework help for students, and resources for job seekers

Can I sign up for a library card to access those electronic resources without coming in?

California residents over the age of 13 may register for a library card here. We are in the process of updating all of our digital resources to ensure that immediately after registering, you have access to our digital collections. 

If you would like to borrow physical materials from the library, please make an appointment to have your ID and address verified at http://libraryatlincoln.as.me after you have completed the online registration. 


Can you increase Hoopla, OverDrive/Libby, and Kanopy lending limits while the library is closed?
Unfortunately, we are not able to increase the lending limits for these services at this time. Our OverDrive/Libby collection is shared with numerous libraries, and lending limits are set at the consortia level. We are in discussion with our partner libraries about expanding both lending limits and our collection. 

Although we are unable to increase Hoopla or Kanopy lending limits due to their pricing model, both are providing additional collections that do not count against your check-out credits. These are prominently displayed in the app or on the webpage. 

I’ve seen other libraries doing online story times. Will that be offered?
We are offering story times on Facebook in our “Storytime with the Lincoln Public Library” group. Please request to join that group to see our story times, which will happen on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

UPDATED: Can I rent a room at the Library?

Beginning July 1, we will be accepting room rentals. All room renters must follow current CDPH guidance regarding COVID-19. 

UPDATED: Are you still accepting donations?

We are accepting donations at the Staff Entrance between 9 am and 12 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. To learn more,visit our donation page



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