Public library continues to be a source of information during Coronavirus pandemic

Published 4:38 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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To help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Selma, the Selma – Dallas County Public Library will close its doors until April 6.

Despite being closed, The Selma – Dallas County Public Library Staff remain dedicated to providing the citizens of Selma with access to their informational resources.

“We’re here to help people solve their problems, help them find what they’re looking for and assist them in any way we can,” said Selma – Dallas County Public Library Director Becky Nichols.

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According to Nichols, though the library is closed, its staff is still reachable via phone and email to help people access information.

Nichols said that library staff can bring printed documents or books to patrons outside of the library if they’ll first establish contact via phone.

“We’re still a library, we’re just a different kind of a library,” said Nichols. “We’re still here to serve the people, that will never change.”

Nichols said the library’s resources are available to patrons online via

Nichols said that the library staff can issues library card over the phone and even clear late fees so that library patrons have access to all of the resources they need.

According to Crystal Drye, the libraries technical director, the library’s Wi-Fi is still accessible to those who need it near the building.

“The signal is strongest at the front and at the sides of the building,” she said.

In addition to all of the titles available at, Drye said Alabama Virtual Library,, is also available.

“A lot of students out here are still working on projects and assignments,” said Drye. “This gives them access to reliable journals and sources.”

As the library remains closed during the Coronavirus panic, Nichols said the services the library offers citizens will continue to evolve.

“We’re going to do what it takes to serve the people,” said Nichols. “That’s all there is to it.”

Nichols regrettably announced that during the library’s closure that all scheduled events, like Lunch at the Library and Medical Matters, are canceled or will be rescheduled.

“Hopefully, everything will be back on schedule for our summer program,” she said.

For general information, call the library’s main office at 334-874-1725.

For scanning, emailing, faxing and general reference questions call 334-874-1722 or, email the library at