Director’s Message on COVID-19

UPDATE, Friday, March 13:

Effective immediately, Daniel Boone Regional Library is temporarily suspending all programming, events, tax aide, meeting room use and outreach visits (including bookmobile stops) until further notice. Following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health agencies, we are taking these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, all DBRL locations are open during regular hours, and our online resources are available 24/7.  In-branch services such as passport applications and study rooms will remain available. We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons, and will return to full service as soon as possible.


Dear Library Community,

As concern about COVID-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus), is growing, I would like to assure you that the Daniel Boone Regional Library is committed to the health and safety of our patrons and our staff, as well as to keeping the community informed with links to verified information about the disease. Visit our topic guide for links to the most up-to-date information.

As of this writing, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boone or Callaway Counties. Even so, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces, made more hand sanitizer available and added signage reminding visitors to our facilities to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

We routinely clean children’s toys and equipment and will continue to do so, and we have removed some hard-to-clean items from circulation temporarily. DBRL does not currently disinfect books and other borrowed materials when they are checked in. Disinfecting these types of items and materials is not currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some of our program partners have canceled or postponed events scheduled to be held at our branches. At this time, DBRL is continuing to hold our own programs. If a decision is made to suspend programs and close meeting rooms, notifications will be made directly to those registered, as well as on our website and social media platforms. (See a list of canceled programs here.)

If you are feeling ill or are concerned about potential exposure, we encourage you to access our online collections. We are a phone call away if you need assistance accessing our eBooks and other collections.

Margaret M. Conroy, Executive Director