Tulsa City-County Library is closed and will remain closed until further notice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made response to local and state ordinances.
With an average of 7,000 thousand visitors who enter our libraries every day throughout Tulsa County, out of the abundance of caution, we want to limit the potential for exposure for both our public and staff. TCCL takes the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff seriously. Closing the library is an extraordinarily difficult decision that we have made only because of these extraordinary circumstances. However, this does not mean a complete shutdown of Library services. We will continue to provide the many digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming movies, TV and music services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more.
For those of you who have borrowed Library materials in your possession – we are extending loan periods during this time. We will waive overdue fines. All holds currently ready to pick up will remain on the shelves until we reopen our locations.
Starbucks at Central Library will also be closed during this time.
We are at an unprecedented moment in our city, state, and country. At this time of uncertainty, TCCL is continuing to keep all those impacted by the virus in our thoughts.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus ?
Coronavirus often appears similar to the common cold or influenza. The most common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
According to the CDC, symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after being exposed.
How does coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus is thought to spread through close contact (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs through the nose or mouth.
It is possible to spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. However, this is not thought to be the main way of spreading the virus.
Infected people are believed to be the most contagious when they display the most symptoms. Spread is possible before showing symptoms, but this is less likely.
How is coronavirus prevented and treated?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Preventative measures to prevent the spread of disease include:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Information for International Travel
See recently updated travel bans, recommendations for international travelers and assistance for U.S. citizens abroad.
Local Helping Agencies
211 Eastern Oklahoma is a free, confidential link to help and hope for those in need, whatever the need, 24/7. Get connected to thousands of community resources and services near you, including crisis support.
Family and Children’s Services Hub for Resources in Response to COVID-19
This site includes iimportant community links, helpful information and resources for food, childcare, utilities, unemployment and modified services.
Tulsa City-County Library’s Career Center
Get resources for your job search including résumé tools and interviewing tips.
Tulsa City-County Library’s Online Learning Options
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Career One Stop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, use this resource for career exploration, training and to find jobs.
Overcoming Job Transition
Get free résumé help, networking assistance, interview coaching and job board guidance from seasoned Oklahoma business leaders and hiring experts.
Support for Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration
Get small business guidance and find loan resources.
FAQs for Businesses Closed during a Civil Emergency
(City of Tulsa)
Community-funded zero percent loans for small businesses.
Resilience and Recovery Fund
The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation have partnered to offer zero interest loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.
CDC Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control Guidance on Preventing Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Residential Community
Interim guidance, as provided by the CDC, is based on what is currently known about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and transmission of other viral respiratory infections. CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Hand-washing Technique Video
Sanitizer Application Technique
Information for Patients with Coronavirus
MedlinePlus-Consumer Health Information
Clear, simple information for patients with novel coronavirus.
MedlinePlus in Spanish: Infecciones por coronavirus
Información en español para pacientes de nuevo coronavirus
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as at grocery stores and pharmacies.
Travel Recommendations by Country
Includes information about transmission levels and restrictions on entry into the United States for all countries.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Includes up-to-date advisories and travel alerts for domestic and international travel.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Includes information about steps employers and businesses can take that may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance offered on this page is intended for non-healthcare settings.
Cases in the U.S.
Includes detailed information and daily updates on the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals
Includes preparedness checklists for hospitals and healthcare providers caring for patients with potential or confirmed COVID-19.
Workplace, School and Home Guidance
Includes basic tips for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace, home, school or commercial establishment.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing starts with a recommendation to stay at home as much as possible, going out only for essential needs such as medicine and food. Working from home, attending classes virtually, cancelling and/or postponing trips and gatherings, and visiting friends and family by electronic device are measures we can all take to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Staying at least 6 feet away from other people lessens your chances of transmitting and catching COVID-19 from others.
What is Flattening the Curve?
Flattening the curve refers to protective practices individuals can follow to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection, ensuring hospitals have rooms, supplies and doctor availability for individuals needing care.
Can I go outside?
Yes, you still can exercise and enjoy the outdoors in open spaces while maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people. Going on hikes, walking the dog and riding your bike are safe activities to enjoy outdoors. Experts are quick to point out the objective is not to remain indoors, but to avoid close contact with other people.
What is Self-Quarantine?
Self-quarantine measures include staying at home, using different utensils and towels than other household members, not having visitors and maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people in the home. Self-quarantining is recommended for individuals who have contracted COVID-19 or might be at risk for infection. Health experts recommend self-quarantining for 14 days if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
What is Isolation?
For people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19, isolation is appropriate. Isolation is a health-care term that means keeping people who are infected with a contagious illness away from those who are not infected. Isolation can take place at home or at a hospital or care facility. Special personal protective equipment will be used to care for these patients in health-care settings.
What if I feel fine? Should I still practice social distancing and/or self-quarantine?
Yes, studies reveal asymptomatic (persons carrying the COVID-19 virus but not experiencing any signs or symptoms) carriers accounted for 86 percent of infections in China. After implementing social distancing and travel restrictions, the spread of COVID-19 slowed considerably. For every confirmed case of Coronavirus, there are likely five to 10 people with undetected infections. Young people, with low risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, are often the unwitting factor in the spread of a pandemic virus with the higher potential to kill older persons and those with conditions compromising immune system defenses.
Some states are instituting a shut down. What does a shut down mean for me?
Some states such as New York and California are ordering nonessential businesses to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, laundromats, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants offering takeout and delivery, are permitted to stay open. Officials encourage individuals to buy in bulk when visiting grocery stores, but hording supplies puts an undue stress on the supply chain and needlessly deprives others of essential items.
And though residents are advised to stay inside as much as they can, officials and health experts encourage solitary exercise such as walking, running, hiking and bicycling while maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people.
Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine and Isolation Resources
Tulsa Health Department
The Tulsa Health Department (THD), along with Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is closely monitoring this outbreak. Local public health experts in Oklahoma are communicating with and educating health care providers and other public health partners about the current situation.
Oklahoma State Department of Health
A coronavirus disease 2019 situation summary that includes information for travelers, FAQs, what to do if you’re sick and more is frequently updated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The site provides situational updates and guidance to state and local health departments and health care providers.
A preformulated search brings together the most recent research, including treatment developments, via the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Database.
Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases and similar materials for a professional audience.
Wiley Online Library
Free articles, book chapters and entries in major references are available from December 2019 to present. Find regional government links and more.