St. Johns County Public Library System’s Response to COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE:

All returned items are isolated for 72 hours and no fines will accrue during this isolation period.

Frequently Asked Questions  

When are the libraries open?

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How can I get a library card?

You can apply for a library card by visiting any of our branch libraries.  Visit our branch information page for current operating hours. If you are unable to visit the library, please call the library and our staff can provide remote application options for you.

If you previously applied for and received a temporary eCard, those cards have now expired. Please apply for a permanent library card.

Are face coverings required to visit the library?

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities went into effect on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility is required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. Face Coverings in St. Johns County Facilities Fact Sheet.

What about storytimes or library programs?

We have shifted all of our library programming to a virtual format. You can enjoy live storytimes, book clubs, resource highlights, crafting ideas, teen programming, and much more on the library’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Most of our programs are also streamed on our Online Program Player on sjcpls.org.

Can I book a library meeting room?

Meeting room use is temporarily suspended at this time.

Can I use the Bookmobile?

The Bookmobile will begin offering services at four locations in the County on November 4.

The Bookmobile will offer patrons the ability to pick up requested items, return items, and use free Wi-Fi on Wednesdays and Fridays through December. The Bookmobile will be at the Publix in Nocatee Town Center and the Publix in Palencia Commons on Wednesdays, and the Publix on County Road 210 and the Publix in the Shoppes at Murabella on Fridays, excluding holidays.

For more information and to view the full bookmobile schedule, please visit our bookmobile page or email libbe@sjcfl.us.

Are libraries accepting donations?

Our libraries and Friends of the Library volunteers are adapting their donated materials policies on a branch by branch basis. Please reach out to your closest branch library for details.

Anastasia Island Branch: Beginning January 28th, donations are accepted on the last Thursday of the month from 4-6 p.m. For additional inquiries, contact Heather Sostrom, hsostrom@sjcfl.us
Bartram Trail Branch: By appointment only. Please email mjcogswell@gmail.com for details.
Hastings Branch: Not accepting donations at this time.
Main Branch: Accepting donations. For small batches, please drop them in the book return. For larger donations, please contact the library for delivery instructions.
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch: Not accepting donations at this time.
Southeast Branch: Not accepting donations at this time.
Bookmobile: Not accepting donations at this time.

Library Updates

St. Johns County Public Library Extends Hours Beginning January 5, 2021

The St. Johns County Public Library System is extending hours at all facilities to accommodate the needs of working families and students beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

The Main Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays. The Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, and Hastings Branch libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. All libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. In addition, the library’s online reference service, Ask a Librarian, is also extending service hours to match all branch library hours. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library. Posted 12/1/2020.

St. Johns County Public Library Bookmobile Offering Limited Service Beginning November 4

The Bookmobile will offer patrons the ability to pick up requested items, return items, and use free Wi-Fi on Wednesdays and Fridays through December. The Bookmobile will be at the Publix in Nocatee Town Center and the Publix in Palencia Commons on Wednesdays, and the Publix on County Road 210 and the Publix in the Shoppes at Murabella on Fridays, excluding holidays.

For more information and to view the full bookmobile schedule, please visit our Bookmobile page or email libbe@sjcfl.us. Posted 10/20/2020.

 

Community Updates

St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Opens 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 4

St. Johns County received an allotment of 3,900 Pfizer vaccines from the State of Florida this week. Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, for vaccination appointments on February 5, 8, and 10. You may schedule an appointment by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y52tcoaz or by calling the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904.295.3711 (dial all ten digits) after 9 a.m. on Thursday. You will not be able to register for an appointment through the website or hotline prior to 9 a.m. It is recommended that vaccine recipients arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment. The Pfizer vaccine requires the recipient to receive a second dose in 21 days. Those who receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine through St. Johns County will leave with an appointment scheduled for the second dose. The limited number of COVID-19 vaccines St. Johns County receives from the State of Florida determines appointment availability. More appointments will be opened when St. Johns County receives additional vaccines. For updates regarding St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations or text SJCVACCINE to 888777.

Posted 2/2/2021.

St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Text Alert System

St. Johns County launched a text alert system for residents to receive timely information regarding St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive COVID-19 vaccination updates. For text alert assistance, please call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904.295.3711. Please dial all ten digits to reach the hotline. Posted 1/5/2021.

St. Johns County Partners with Department of Health to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Program Beginning Monday, January 4

St. Johns County has partnered with the Department of Health to more efficiently and effectively administer COVID-19 vaccinations through an expanded program.

Beginning Monday, January 4, all vaccinations will be administered by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street. Vaccinations will no longer be administered by the Department of Health at the Health and Human Services Building and the program will no longer be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those without an appointment will not receive a vaccination, and will be required to return in the future once an appointment has been made. The remainder of St. Johns County’s limited initial vaccine allotment will be allocated to those on the waiting list compiled by the Department of Health while St. Johns County awaits a second vaccine shipment from the State of Florida.

Once St. Johns County receives a new allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, a registration system will be launched for residents to make an appointment to receive a first dose of the vaccine. Those who receive the initial dose will be provided with a follow-up appointment to receive their second dose at a later date. Second doses will be administered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the same location. Per State of Florida guidelines, St. Johns County’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccinations are currently designated for persons ages 65 years or older, and frontline healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients.

As the COVID-19 vaccination initiative is a rapidly evolving effort, St. Johns County’s program could expand in the future to include additional locations and hours as more vaccines become available to our community. For more information regarding St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations, call the St. Johns County EOC COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 904.295.3711, or text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive text alerts. Posted 1/4/2021.

Doctor’s Note Required for Select COVID-19 Vaccine Patients

Those seeking a COVID-19 vaccination from the Department of Health in St. Johns County who take prescribed blood thinner medications must possess a doctor’s note to receive a vaccination. The vaccination site at the Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, and Sunday, January 3. For more information regarding the Department of Health in St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, please visit http://stjohns.floridahealth.gov. Posted 1/4/2021.

St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Text Alert System

St. Johns County has launched a new text alert system for residents to receive timely information regarding the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination program in our area. Text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive COVID-19 vaccination updates. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations or call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center at 904.295.3711. Posted 12/31/2020.

St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline

The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call with questions regarding the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Residents who contact the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County and are unable to reach a representative may call the EOC hotline at 904.295.3711 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. More information on the Department of Health in St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program can be found at http://stjohns.floridahealth.gov. Posted 12/31/2020.

St. Johns County Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee. For more information, please contact 904.824.5550. Posted 7/27/20.

St. Johns County Boards and Committees – Public Comment Call-in Participation

In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 and St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely under communication media technology and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meetings can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.

Safety Message

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.

Feeling anxious, scared, or nervous about COVID-19? Text CARE4U to 741741 from anywhere, anytime, about any type of crisis. A trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform to help you cope with the current events.  Provided by Flagler Health + Care Connect.

To prevent the spread of disease, follow guidance from official sources at the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and the Florida Department of Health (www.floridahealth.gov).

 

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St. Johns County Emergency Management

100 EOC Drive | St. Augustine, FL 32092

Phone:  904-824-5550 | Fax:  904-824-9920

www.sjcemergencymanagement.com

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