Youngstown Library System Prepares for Curbside Pick-Up

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is preparing to offer a curbside pick-up service as the part of a phased-in return of staff and services. 

No starting date has been set, but library staff members are working on curbside pick-up to allow patrons to safely check out books, WIFI hotspots and other materials. The starting date will be announced once set.   
Meanwhile, the library system continues to offer a full array of virtual services at and on social media. All library buildings remain closed to the public. Some staff is working inside the branches and other employees are working from home.

Employees working in the buildings are performing much-needed tasks such as processing new books and materials and performing maintenance inside and on the grounds. Staff is observing safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks.

“We want the community to know that we are planning and preparing for the future, but while we are eager to welcome the public back into our building, our first concern is for the safety of our patrons and our employees,” said Aimee Fifarek, executive director, in a statement. “We will be slow, deliberate and careful. We have been following the guidance given by Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. We are also working with library professionals in Ohio and across the country to establish ways to safely provide future in-building service.”

Patrons are reminded to keep their library materials at home until further notice, Fifarek noted. Fines are not being charged.

Reference questions are being answered by librarians at 330-259-3399. Online offerings are available at, where patrons can download or stream e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies, or take a class, and much more. has extended its offer through May, allowing PLYMC cardholders to use the product in their homes for genealogy searches.

Digital library cards are still available to Ohio residents or those who work, attend school or own property in Mahoning County. People can apply online at, receive a barcode and begin using online services right away. 

An active schedule of virtual programming for entertainment and education is available for all ages and takes place daily on the Library’s social media. The schedule of programs can be found HERE.

SOURCE: Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

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