WASHOE COUNTY IS RESPONDING TO COVID-19
Washoe County Libraries are offering limited hold pickup service, and are otherwise closed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

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Our Safe Reopening

Washoe County Library System is committed to a safe reopening that protects our patrons, staff, and community. We have begun a phased reopening, and at this time only book return and hold pickup are available at our libraries. Meeting rooms, computers, and other in-person physical services are not currently available. Currently our services include:

Please contact us if you need assistance with any of our services. Assistance is available by email or telephone. You can read the full reopening plan here. See our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

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For Your Safety

  • Face coverings and temperature checks are required for all staff and visitors to Washoe County Libraries. If you do not have a face covering, we will provide you with one.
  • Please bring your library card to minimize contact. If you need help accessing your account, please contact us. If you do not have a library card, you may register here.
  • Returned items are quarantined for seven days before they are again available to check out.

 

Material Pickup and Returns

1) Place your hold and receive a notification. 2) Visit the library with your library card. 3) Pick up your holds practicing safe distancing. 4) Return home with new books.

Washoe County Library offers limited grab-and-go or drive-up hold pickup at eight locations. Visit our schedule and hours page to see all the drive-up and grab-and-go hours. Hold pickup lockers are also available at the Downtown Reno Library.

Book drops are now open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at all locations except the Duncan/Traner, Verdi, and Senior Center libraries. Return your items only to book drops; staff are unable to personally accept returns. Please use the book drops to return library materials only. We are unable to accept donated items or read and share items in book returns. If an item is rejected by the automated material handler please hang on to it until you pick up your holds or we reopen.

  • You will receive a notification when your hold is available. Due to quarantine issues, your hold may not be immediately available.
  • If you have an item to pick up from Sparks or South Valleys, pay special attention to the instructions in your hold confirmation email. You can also call the branch during their open hours to verify that the items have been released from quarantine.

 

Surprise Selections and Summer Reading Prize Packs

During drive-up and grab-and-go hold pickup, you may also check out a "Surprise Selection" or collect your Summer Reading Adventure prize pack. Offered for various ages and interests, Surprise Selections give you the opportunity to discover something unexpected from the library collection. You might just find a new favorite!

  • During hold pick up hours, you can also pick up a "surprise selection" during hold pickup. 
  • If you completed the 2020 Summer Reading Adventure, you can pick up your prize pack. Get all of the details about your prize pack and book voucher here

 

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Digital Magazines

Instant access to your favorite magazines, now with thousands of new titles

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Mango

Learn one of 70 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and even Pirate

Lynda.com

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

TeenTober

Special events for teens for the month of October

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources.

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations.

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

Get a Card

Sign up for an instant digital card to get access to all our online resources.

Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers.

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

RBdigital

Más de 200 revistas que puede leer, y hasta descargar, en su computadora, teléfono o tableta.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

Mango

Aprenda inglés en línea con cursos completos y películas para ayudarle a aprender.

HelpNow

Tutoría en vivo en español o inglés está disponible con Brainfuse HelpNow.