Coronavirus (Covid-19): Get Updates on the Library’s Response to the Outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Get Updates on the Library’s Response to the Outbreak

The Rockport Public Library is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of staff and library users is our priority.

We are following directions from state and local health officials. This is so that we can respond appropriately as this situation develops.

Per Town Administration, the Rockport Public Library will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14th and will tentatively reopen on Monday, March 30th.

During this time due dates and any holds ready to pick up will be extended through the date we reopen.  Please keep all library items until we re-open. You won’t receive any fines, thanks to our fine free policy. 

We are still here to assist with all of your informational and recreational needs.  eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, online courses, and scholarly databases are all available through our website. 

At this time staff will still be available to answer any of your questions via email only at and we’ll be happy to assist you. We will continue to update you as we have additional information.

The library has a vast collection of digital materials, such as:

All are available and free with your library card.

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.

Information from Local, State, and National Agencies

News and Reference Articles

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Information is still limited about how this novel coronavirus spreads.

The following preventative measures are recommended:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Older adults and those with health issues are urged to avoid large crowds and events. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds.
  • Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and loved ones if the virus starts spreading in the community.