Parchment, MI, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Governor Whittmer issued Executive Order 2020-20 on March 21, which mandates that most institutions and businesses (including libraries) remain closed until further notice.
Parchment, MI, Friday, March 13, 2020.
The Parchment Community Library will be closed until further notice (original end date was April 5) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We realize that this may present a hardship to some of our patrons and regret that we must close.
Important Information to Know During the Closure
Why are you closed until further notice? On Thursday, March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a mandate to close all Michigan schools grades K-12 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Whitmer also urged all Michigan residents to practice self-isolation by staying home. Parchment Community Library considers the health of our patrons and staff a top priority. To help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among the high number of residents who utilize our library on a daily basis, and thus increasing the risk of exposure to the rest of our community, we will comply with the Governor’s order.
What if I have library materials currently checked out? Please keep them until we reopen. Due dates and holds will automatically be extended to accommodate the closure period. Due dates on MelCat items will also be extended and new requests will not be filled at this time. Please note all drop boxes will be locked and unavailable during the closure. You will not incur an overdue fee!
Will any PCL services be available during the closure period? While our physical building will be closed, our website parchmentlibrary.org, is our online branch and is always open. PCL offers a large variety of digital books, audiobooks, comics, movies, and music via Hoopla and OverDrive.
Can I apply for a library card online? Yes, all those who reside within the Parchment School District may apply for a library card online here. If you reside outside of the Parchment School District, you may apply for a Reciprocal Borrower card when the library reopens.
Will cancelled events be rescheduled? See our Library Events page for updates on all events, as well as helpful links to free Internet service and resources to use until the library reopens.
How can I keep updated about the reopening of the library? All service updates will be posted on the homepage of our website and on Facebook.
Use our 24/7 online library! Use your library card and any Internet-connected device to borrow digital books, audiobooks, comics, movies, and music. We have two services to choose from - Hoopla and OverDrive. You must have an in-district library card to use these services.
For more information, go to
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/covid19.php
How to prevent the spread of colds and flu
Wash your hands at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially before eating or after using the bathroom.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
If you or a family member has a weakened immune system, avoid crowds as much as possible.