The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. Starting the week of January 4, Louisiana will receive the first very limited doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that will be available at approximately 100 pharmacies across the state. These vaccines will be available only for people 70 years old and above and ambulatory/outpatient care personnel. Patients must call and make an appointment at the pharmacy. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated.
Hours of operation for most branches are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Exception: Saturday hours from 10 am to 2 pm at the Carnegie Memorial Library, Central Library, and Sulphur Regional Library.
Exception: The Hayes and Starks branches will operate at their normal operating hours.
Exception: Epps Memorial Library (North Lake Charles), Fontenot Memorial Library (Vinton), Moss Bluff Library, and the SWLA Genealogical & Historical Library are closed due to extensive hurricane damages.
All facilities continue to be sanitized per CDC guidelines for the public’s safety.
We're following CDC guidelines, as well as procedures from the Police Jury on how to keep our community members safe. Those include a five-day quarantine of all returned items, the installation of sneeze guards at all service desks, the use of EPA-registered household disinfectants to clean all surfaces, rearrangement of library furniture to allow for appropriate space for proper social distancing, outside seating where possible, the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays for electronics.
Wearing a mask while visiting all library locations is required by Governor's order.
For our safety and the safety of others, we are not accepting donations. Please do not leave materials outside the building.
Use of public computers is limited to one hour per day.
Curbside service is available at all locations, but there is a change to the service.
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The in-app renewals operate just like current online renewal options, but in addition to receiving your physical credential by mail, users will receive an updated LA Wallet digital license/ID within 24 hours of renewal.
$18 convenience fee waived during COVID.
Limitations: if eye exam required, you cannot renew.
Collection of books supporting emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. (National Emergency Library)
If your workplace has temporarily closed or you have been told to take unpaid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
To file a claim, visit LA Workforce Commission or call (888-783-5567)
LWC officials say their call volume has tripled since March 16.
Best times to file claims: 10 PM to 4 AM
Fraudulent unemployment claims
If you happen to get a call from someone from any agency for assistance or unemployment or anything that you have not applied for do not confirm or deny any information with them.
Get their name, their title, their phone number, the agency that they work for, etc. that will probably scare them off.
If you are living with someone or helping someone who is legitimately filing for some assistance including unemployment, be extra vigilant about the information that you give out on the phone.
What the criminals are probably doing is trying to file unemployment for those folks that are not already filing for unemployment but just to be safe we need to be extra vigilant.
If you get wind that someone has filed for unemployment under your name or someone that you care for, you need to call the Louisiana workforce commission and ask to speak with someone about fraudulent claims.
Use Lynda.com, self-directed, self-paced online learning for users of any skill level. Accessible in the library or at home. Topics include, but are not limited to Business, Management, Software, and Design.
As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:
Keep Yourself and Your Community Healthy
Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard used tissues immediately.
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60–90% alcohol-based.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Contact your doctor.
Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick.
There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.