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Oldham County Public Library asking borrowers to hold onto items until quarantine is over

The library is waiving fees and increasing borrow limits to keep staff from getting overwhelmed.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you've recently borrowed books from the Oldham County Public Library, there's no rush to bring them back. The library is asking borrowers to hold onto their items until the library is back open.

In a Facebook post, the library explained its reason for the request.

"The staff is working with reduced numbers right now for safety reasons, and the book drop is being overwhelmed," the post said. When a book is returned to the library, it has to be quarantined and won't be checked in for several days, but the staff still has to move and document each item. 

The library said you don't have to return your items to check out more. Late fees have been waived and checkout limits have been increased so you can continue to keep up with your reading while in quarantine. Even if an item is returned, it won't be reflected on the borrower's account until after the quarantine has been lifted.

The Oldham County Public Library buildings are still closed, but you can hold books online and pick them up through the drive-thru at the Main Building in LaGrange. For more information on the library's current procedures, visit the Oldham County Public Library website.

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