WASHOE COUNTY IS RESPONDING TO COVID-19
Expanded hours for hold pickup now available at eight library branches. See our locations and hours page for details.

 

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Our Safe Reopening

Material Pickup and Returns

1) Place your hold and receive a notification. 2) Visit the library with your library card. 3) Pick up your holds practicing safe distancing. 4) Return home with new books.

Washoe County Library offers limited walk-up or drive-up hold pickup at five locations. Visit our schedule and hours page to see all the drive-up and walk-up hours. Hold pickup lockers are also available at the Downtown Reno Library.

Book drops are now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at all locations except the Duncan/Traner, Verdi, and Senior Center libraries. Return your items only to book drops; staff are unable to personally accept returns. Please use the book drops to return library materials only. We are unable to accept donated items or read and share items in book returns. If an item is rejected by the automated material handler please hang on to it until you pick up your holds or we reopen.

  • You will receive a notification when your hold is available. Due to quarantine issues, your hold may not be immediately available.
  • If you have an item to pick up from the Downtown Reno, Incline Village, Sierra ViewSouth Valleys, Spanish Springs, or Sparks libraries, pay special attention to the instructions in your hold confirmation email. You can also call the branch during their open hours to verify that the items have been released from quarantine.

 

Hold Pickup Hours

Drive-up and Walk-up

Grab-and-Go

 

Other Services

Washoe County Library System is committed to a safe reopening that protects our patrons, staff, and community. We have begun a phased reopening, and at this time meeting rooms, computers, and other in-person physical services are not available. Currently our services include:

Please contact us if you need assistance with any of our services. Assistance is available by email or telephone. You can read the full reopening plan here. See our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

FAQs Hours   

 

For Your Safety

  • Face coverings and temperature checks are required for all staff and visitors to Washoe County Libraries. If you do not have a face covering, we will provide you with one.
  • Please bring your library card to minimize contact. If you need help accessing your account, please contact us. If you do not have a library card, you may register here.
  • Returned items are quarantined for at least seven days before they are again available to check out.

 

Surprise Selections

During drive-up and walk-up hold pickup, you may also check out a "Surprise Selection." Offered for various ages and interests, Surprise Selections give you the opportunity to discover something unexpected from the library collection. You might just find a new favorite!

 

Print

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Lynda.com

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations

Language Learning

Learn a new language with these resources provided by the library or available free-of-charge on the internet

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

Get a Card

Sign up for an instant digital card to get access to all our online resources.

Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español y revistas.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

HelpNow

Tutoría en vivo en español o inglés está disponible con Brainfuse HelpNow