Library Hours For July and Other Information

We are open for in-person service and look forward to seeing you! Some things to know when visiting us in-person –

  • Face masks – as per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s order, patrons must wear a mask. If you need, we can provide you with a mask. The only exceptions are people who have a medical reason and we encourage you to take advantage of our curbside/lobby pickup or ask us about borrowing a face shield. We care very much about all of our patrons’ and staffs’ safety and want to be able to keep our doors open.
  • Returning library materials – please place returns in either the box drop (located outside the main, sliding-glass door entrance) or on a cart in the entryway. At the end of business, items returned will go into quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked in.
  • Coming and going – please enter through the sliding-glass doors and leave through the door in the children’s department.
  • Limits – unfortunately, we are limiting everyone’s time in the library to 60 minutes. But all of the services you love are available. We ask you to just be patient as we are experiencing some delays and glitches.

As of July 1, the Ligonier Valley Library’s hours of service will be:

Group Days Times
At Risk & Seniors Monday-Saturday 10:00-11:00am
All Patrons Monday-Thursday 10:00am-6:30pm**
All Patrons Friday-Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm**
Curbside/Lobby Pickup Monday-Saturday 10:00am – until a 1/2 hour before closing

**While all patrons are welcome during library hours, we’re working to set aside 10:00-11:00am each day for our at risk and/or seniors who may require further social distancing.

The Pennsylvania Room is by appointment only. Please call the library at 724-238-6451 or email

The library will be closed on Sundays for at least the month of July.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the library at 724-238-6451. Library staff are available from 9:00am until close Monday-Saturday. We will be closed on Sundays during the month of July.

Safety Is No Accident…

When the histories are written about 2020, no doubt at least a few will start with some time-honored clichés. For example:

  • “As we wrapped our heads around this new normal…”
  • “It was a challenging time…”
  • “Uncertainty was an everyday discussion…”
  • “Because these concerns were unprecedented…”

As we learn more and adapt to our current circumstances, I’m optimistic that our storyline will trend in a positive and more certain direction. In the theme of the day, I’d like to update you on what we’re doing at the library to ensure everyone’s safety.

Even after “a dark and stormy night,” we arrive at the library early each morning to clean and prepare for the coming day. Library staff members sanitize computer keyboards, the circulation desk, and other patron-trafficked areas in the middle of the day to assure we are doing as much as we can to keep you safe. Additionally, our cleaning crew disinfects frequently used areas and provides a number of other cleaning services in the library each night.

“Out, da**ed spot! Out, I say!” Good thing our new hand-sanitizing stations are placed strategically throughout the library! Positioned near doors and the circulation desk for frequent use by library patrons and staff, a hand-sanitizing station will never be far from you. In addition, we’ve placed smaller bottles of hand sanitizer around the library for easy accessibility.

“He was locked in a dark room…but, he wondered, for how long?” Actually, not that long…72 hours is enough. Following the direction of several library and CDC studies which indicate that items quarantined for that amount of time are safe for circulation, our books, DVDs, and other library materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they are touched by staff or circulated to future library patrons.

“Was she wearing a mask to hide her true feelings?” You may not see it, but we are smiling behind our masks—and please know that we are just as helpful as before! We respectfully ask that all library patrons and staff wear masks while in the library building and patio areas. It’s just best practice for everyone right now, and we’ll all know that we’re doing what we personally can to protect our neighbors.

“My heart breaks… until the time we meet again…” Agreed; we miss you too! While our hours have changed a bit, we’ve built progressively up to a six-day open-to-the-public schedule. We’re sorry we can’t ask you to sit and stay for longer than sixty minutes, and our tables can’t be as full as we’d like, but we know you’ll understand that at some point, hopefully soon, “this too shall pass.”

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Look, if we had eggs, we’d index, catalog, and classify them, and get them out for you ASAP. In other words, we are eager to diversify our collection of materials to meet the needs and interests of all patrons, no matter the circumstances. We are full of new ideas! Coming soon, we’ll have additional digital offerings on our website and social media pages so that you can bring the quality content of our library into your computers, laptops, phones and tablets.

We look forward to seeing you soon and until then, stay well and “take it day by day!”

David Brisendine
Ligonier Valley Library