Saturday, March 28, 2020

Library System Continues to Serve During COVID-19 Outbreak

All branches of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) are currently closed to the public, but many of the library’s resources are still available online during this time of social distancing, including its popular Hoopla and Axis360 services.

MMRLS has created a remote “digital library card” sign-up option to ensure that library cards can be issued to those who want to access digital materials and services while they are at home. To sign up for a digital library card, or to reset the PIN number on an existing library card account, users can visit mmrls.lib.ms.us and click on the digital library card icon to complete the online application.

The library has also created an eResources page, located at mmrls.lib.ms.us/eresources, to make it easy for users to access all its digital content in one place. Regular updates are posted to this page, including links to additional free educational and informational content. Users will also find links to the library’s Axis360 eBook service, as well as Hoopla, where card holders can access eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and more. MMRLS has increased the number of downloads patrons are permitted on Hoopla from 5 to 8 per month through July 31st.

Library staff members have been working to offer virtual children’s storytimes, and regular updates to its social media pages to share useful and interesting content. Virtual storytimes will be available through the library’s Facebook page and Instagram pages. Users can find the library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by searching @midmisslib.

MMRLS also wants library users to know that all materials checked out from the library with a due date of March 9th and after have been extended to May 4th, and that no overdue fines will be charged during the library’s closure. Library book drops are also closed, and patrons are being asked to keep their checked out materials until the library reopens.

“Acting on advice and recommendations from the CDC, Governor Tate Reeves, the Mississippi Library Association, and Mississippi Library Commission, nearly all public library systems in the State of Mississippi are currently closed,” said MMRLS Executive Director Josh Haidet. “Even so, the decision to close was a tremendously difficult one to make, and we really miss our patrons. I am proud of our library team member’s efforts as they continue to engage with the community in a safe and responsible way, while working to improve and adapt library services during this crisis.”

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System serves Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties. Patrons can contact the library via email at: director@mmrls.lib.ms.us, or by calling 662-289-5151.