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Overdue book fines are suspended until the Sandy, Hoodland libraries reopen

PMG FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County libraries have made it possible to get an electronic library card and have made thousands of e-books and resources available online.The staff of the Sandy and Hoodland public libraries has announced they'll keep their doors closed through at least April 30.

Library Director Sarah McIntyre assured that throughout the libraries' closures fines will remain suspended and no new fines will be applied on overdue books and materials.

In fact, the date to return books for those still in possession of community members has been extended to April 30 as well.

"We're actually encouraging people not to bring items back right now, not until we reopen, if people can," McIntyre said.

In the interest of staff safety, when the library receives returns, librarians are setting the books aside for three days, and wearing gloves to do so. So, if people notice a book they returned wasn't processed immediately its because of the library's new system to ensure safety in light of the surface life of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

The library is rotating days librarians are at the library, keeping only two in the building at a time, but they are available to answer questions by phone at 503-668-5537 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When the libraries will reopen has yet to be determined.

While you can't check out physical items from the library at the moment, McIntyre added, the libraries in Clackamas County have made it possible to get an electronic library card if you don't already have a physical one and the organization has made thousands of e-books and resources available online at lincc.org.


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