Library facilities are closed until further notice and all programs, events and meeting room bookings are canceled through April 15 .

Click here for Library COVID-19 procedures.


Relevant Websites

The Center for Disease Control

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Hesperian Health Guides- COVID-19
Information available in many languages including: English, Español, Français, 中文, اردو, বাংলা, Filipino, Tiếng Việt, Bahasa Indonesia, فارسی, हिन्दी, తెలుగు, سنڌي, and Português.
Additional languages are being added.

Greensboro City Government

Guilford County Government


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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March 20, 2020

During our time of closure to the public, the Library has a vast array of resources available to customers remotely.  The following list provides information about the Library’s digital offerings to the community.  All of these resources can be accessed from our website. The Library has also reallocated a $100,000 towards the purchase of additional e-books and downloadable material.

North Carolina Digital Library
The Greensboro Public Library offers access to an extensive collection of downloadable audiobooks, e-books, and e-videos in partnership with the North Carolina Digital Public Library (NCDL). Choose from many popular and informational titles to browse and check out from NCDL. Access to NCDL is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NCDL is also accessible through the Libby app.

NC Kids 
This is an online library just for kids! Available now through the North Carolina Digital Library (NCDL), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming over 30,000 films instantly. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku.

An online database that provides access to millions of songs from 10,000 music labels and thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres. 

NC Live
A collection of more than 1,000 eBooks from a variety of North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  Available in-library only. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Homework help, as well as help for veterans and job seekers.

News & Record via NewsBank 
Access the today’s News & Record as well as past articles going back to 1990.

A language-learning software with over 70 world language courses and over 17 ESL/ELL courses, featuring an engaging user interface, voice comparison, fresh design, foreign language films, cultural anecdotes, and a user-friendly mobile app.

Instructional videos and other programs offered by our Library’s staff.

March 17, 2020

Effective 3 pm, March 17, all locations of the Greensboro Public Library will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. We will provide any updates as they are made available.

Fines for currently checked out items have been temporarily suspended.

All book drops will remain closed until further notice.

Hold items will not be available for pickup during this time. However, hold items will be available to their designated borrow once full Library operations resume.

Our digital resources remain active and available to all customers.

March 13, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 16, all Greensboro Public Library offices and facilities will operate from 10 am to 3 pm to reduce our hours of operation. This will be effective March 16-20 and all Library offices and facilities will be closed March 21 and 22. 

March 12, 2020

Dear customer,

We know you’ve been paying close attention to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak in our region. We wanted to alert you about key changes the Library has made to protect the health of our customers and staff while still providing essential Library services.

Branches and Central still open
At this time, the Central Library and the 7 branch libraries will continue to operate with standard hours. The Library will continue to offer book holds at every location. To reduce exposure, the Library will continue to follow best sanitation practices for workplaces. Additionally, during this period of time, you will not incur fines for overdue materials.

All programs, events and meeting room bookings canceled through April 15th
Due to current guidance from the Governor of North Carolina, our City of Greensboro leadership and public health officials and in the interest of protecting the high-risk populations we serve and the high-risk populations who volunteer for us, we are canceling all programs and events through April 15th, including tech navigation appointments, story times, Tax Help, book clubs and author events. These cancellations are preventative measures taken at the advice of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to limit contact within approximately 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for a period of time exceeding 10 minutes. Additionally, all external meetings scheduled in Library meeting rooms will be canceled or rescheduled.

Planning ahead
The Library is re-evaluating its services daily and planning for future scenarios, including developing staffing and service models should we need to reduce services at any locations. Customers can stay updated on changes to Library services on our website. Customers can also follow the Library on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated.

Digital resources
During this challenging time, we wanted to encourage you to check out the Library’s many online resources and services, including e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

We know these changes will impact our customers. We will work hard to keep communicating with you about changes and get your pressing questions answered. Please share questions or concerns with Library staff via our social media platforms.