Operation Update

Operation Update

Updated:  5/14/2020

Handley Regional Library System Operations Update


As of May 18th, all outside book return kiosks are open!  You can return all of your borrowed materials at the drop boxes located in the parking lots at each library location. 

Please practice social distancing when depositing materials, staying in your car as able.  Book drops will be emptied several times each day and returned items will be quarantined and sanitized before returning to the shelves.

All fines will be suspended while the buildings are closed to the public. 

Book donations are not currently being accepted.  Please hold on to these until we are able to receive book donations. 


We will provide an update here when we can safely open the buildings to the public along with new operating procedures/safety precautions.  We need to re-open service levels in stages and we appreciate your patience and support.


Due to safety, physical library materials are no longer available to be placed on hold at this time.


We are no longer able to accept donated books at this time at the book drops.  The donation drops are locked.  Please do not leave donated materials on library property as we are unable to safely handle them.

Virtual Programs & Resources for Families

We are offering several virtual programs for kids, teens, adults, and families to enjoy on Facebook and Instagram. Please check our website calendar for the latest virtual programs.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @handleyregional to view these live. 

We also have a list of resources on our website families can use while at home, including sample education and entertainment schedules, LIVE animal webcams, virtual museum tours, and more:  https://www.handleyregional.org/blog/stuck-home-your-library-here-help

Notice about Digital Materials

We have several ways for you to enjoy digital materials at home or the location of your choice.

How to Get a Digital Library Card While the Buildings are Closed

To get a Handley Regional Library System card to access many of the tools in our digital library, first complete a library card application. The link is available on this page:https://www.handleyregional.org/librarycard

We will then email you the HRLS card number for use with our Digital Library services.

When we’re open again you would be able to pick up your physical card by showing your driver’s license, assuming that it lists your current physical address. If not, then we would need verification of your physical address when you pick up the card.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@handleyregional.org

How to Contact the Library

We are available to answer questions over the phone or through email: 

Handley Library - 540.662.9041

Bowman Library - 540.869.9000

Clarke County Library – 540.955.5144

Information Desk:  Info@handleyregional.org 

Personal Hygiene Procedures

Health officials have recommended the following steps to prevent spread of germs.

  • Wash hands your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and immediately throw tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Use the corner of your elbow to prevent cough or sneeze spreading if tissue is not available.

On-Going Access to Health Information

It's important to remember that COVID-19 isn't connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.

Further Updates

We will provide additional updates on this webpage, on social media, and other public outlets as able.