HP, UP Temporarily Close Libraries

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to note that University Park Communications Director Steve Mace said the city suspended the curbside library checkout service. University Park library staff members are still available to take calls and help with research Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Digital materials are available here.

Highland Park and University Park are temporarily closing their respective libraries, according to a March 14 announcement.

The closures begin Tuesday, March 17, and will last until further notice, according to the announcement.

More information about the services for the respective libraries’ cardholders will be available on the websites of the individual libraries, which are www.uptexas.org/government/up-public-library or www.hplibrary.info, in the next few days, the announcement says.

Both libraries offer cardholders a variety of digital services, including access to e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, databases, and more. The University Park Public Library also announced they will have virtual story times at 10:45 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays via their Facebook page.

Highland Park Library staff will be available Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during the library’s temporary closure by phone, 214-559-9400, and email, [email protected], to assist patrons with their information needs, answer questions about library cards, and offer consultations on accessing digital services.

University Park Public Library staff will be available for their cardholders during the closure by phone, 214-363-9095, and by email at [email protected] for similar services.

The announcement comes as local officials work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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