COVID-19 and Closing/Reopening Information

Library Re-Opening on September 14, 2020:

The Putnam County Library System will reopen on September 14, 2020 with limited services and modified hours! Operating hours for all five libraries in Putnam County:

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

If you are sick, you are asked to stay home and not visit the library. Face masks/cloth coverings are strongly encouraged but not required. Please practice proper social distancing by remaining six feet apart from others at all times.
Please note: Hours are subject to change at any time or in the event of an emergency.

Free public WiFi will be available 24 hours a day.

To maintain social distance, there is a limited number of computers available at each library. Library patrons are asked to limit computer use to a single 1-hour computer session per day to ensure as many people have a chance to use the computers as possible. There will be at least two computers in operation at each of the library branches and seven in operation at the Headquarters Library in Palatka.

Library card holders will be able to walk up to any available computer and sign on with their library card number or reserve a computer in advance online at: Those without a card will need a guest pass.
All prints will need to be paid for in advance before they are released from the printer. Please bring exact change or small bills if you can. At this time, we can only accept cash or check and we cannot accept $20 bills or anything larger.

Magazines, newspapers, and microfilm will not be available at this time as we don’t have a way to sanitize them between uses. Patrons will be free to browse the shelves and check out books inside. However, we are asking that all returns be deposited in the metal book returns outside. Staff will not be able to accept returns at the desk at this time. All returned library materials are quarantined for at least 72 hours before they are checked in.

We are waiving all overdue fines as long as overdue materials are returned in good condition. Please take advantage of this fine amnesty to return any library materials you may have out. These items can be a week or years overdue. Please note: We cannot waive fines for items that are lost or damaged.

If you have returned a book late to the book drop, you will still be able to come inside and check out books and other materials – even with fees and overdue items on your account. We will not be able to check in any overdue materials before they’ve come out of its 72-hour mandatory quarantine.

A few reminders:
Our weekly virtual story times will continue as in-person programming has been cancelled through the rest of the year. New videos will premiere every Tuesday morning. Anyone following along with the crafts can also pick up a new “Library On The Go” take-and-make craft bag each week (while supplies last).

We are also offering “Home Ec at Home” grab-and-go bags. The contents of each bag and the instructional videos which accompany them teach life skills like sewing, crochet, weaving, and more. The tools inside the bag (looms, crochet hooks, etc.) are yours to keep when you’ve finished the example craft.

We have around 11,000 eBooks and 1,100 audiobooks for you to download and enjoy on your computer or mobile device. There’s even 77 popular eMagazines! Go to and click on the “eBooks” button at the top to get started with OverDrive or Libby.

Many of our book vendors suspended deliveries near the end of March until right around the end of July or beginning of August. The good news is: We've started to receive and to process dozens of new books and best sellers! To keep these circulating to as many people as possible: Please try to return them as soon as you are able.

Don’t have a library card? All you’ll need is an ID and proof of residency. You can also reserve books online at (with your library card number and a PIN).

For up-to-date information about library services, please check
For answers to any other questions: Please call your library branch and speak to one of our friendly staff:

Palatka: 386-329-0126
Bostwick: 386-326-2750
Crescent City: 386-698-2600
Interlachen: 386-684-1600
Melrose: 352-475-1237

Thank you and stay safe.

How to place a hold:

  1. Access our catalog online at
  2. Search by title, author, or subject in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the website. You'll then be taken to our dedicated online catalog.
  3. When you find a title you'd like to check out, click on the "Place Hold" button. You'll then be prompted to log in.
  4. You can also click on the "Log In" button in the upper right hand corner of the catalog screen. From there, you can view your check outs, holds, fines, etc.
  5. To log in to your account, you will need your library card number (found on the back of your card under the barcode) and PIN. If you've never logged in before, you may not have a PIN set up. You can set a four-digit PIN number by calling the library. You can always change the PIN later (after you log in) or set up an "EZ Username" and "EZ Password" that only you know.When your hold is available, we'll give you a call. Please make sure we have your updated phone number on file.
  6. After that, you can call and arrange a pickup outside during normal operating hours at your local library starting September If you feel comfortable doing so, you may also come in and pick up your book at the Front Desk. Please note: if you are requesting a book from one library to be delivered to another, it may take a week or longer. If the book is already checked out to another borrower, it may take much longer as we are extending due dates.