Jefferson Parish Library offers all JP residents access to online resources

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METAIRIE, LA – All people who live in Jefferson Parish now have access to Jefferson Parish Library’s online resources, even if they do not possess a library card.

Some of the resources do not require a card but others do. If patrons do not possess cards, they can go to the front page of the website – www.jplibrary.net – and sign up for a temporary card which will be active for 30 days. At the end of that time, patrons can sign up again.

“I encourage Jefferson Parish residents to investigate the library’s online services – books, movies, music, magazines, children’s materials, genealogy resources, and educational materials,” says Marylyn Haddican, director of the library. “The library has many, many resources that patrons can tap into even though our libraries are unavailable.”

All Jefferson Parish libraries are currently unavailable to incoming patrons until further notice. Library staff are present at each location and are answering phone calls and emails from patrons who have questions.

All children, teen and adult programming is postponed. Tax services provided by external nonprofit groups are terminated for 2020.

Patrons who need to return books may do so by placing them in the book drops outside each library.

Patrons who need to renew items can do so at the library’s website, by calling the renewal line at 504-885-8588, or by calling the library and talking to a library employee. Patrons with overdue items or other materials will not incur fines/fees.

Books that have been placed on hold for pick-up will remain on the hold shelf at each library.

Patrons who need to renew library cards can do so by telephone. However, library cards will not expire for any patron during this period when libraries are unavailable to incoming patrons.

In accordance with provisions of the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, as amended, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. If you require auxiliary aids or devices, or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA Amendments Act, please submit your request to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as practical. A 72-hour advanced notice is required to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator/Office of Citizens with Disabilities 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 403, Elmwood, LA 70123, (504) 736-6086, ADA@jeffparish.net

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or www.jplibrary.net.

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