Updated: March 30 2020

In furtherance of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Tom Wolf on March 30 extended stay-at-home and business closure orders through April 30, 2020. In compliance with these orders, Dormont Public Library will remain closed until further notice.

This closure may be extended at the discretion of Gov. Wolf, local health authorities, and/or the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Additional updates will be posted on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts as the situation develops.

All programs which would normally be scheduled during this period have been cancelled. The ending date for the Family Reading Challenge has been tentatively extended to April 18.

If possible, we encourage you to use remote access to library collections:

If you’re not sure where to start exploring electronic resources, try our Library eResources Bingo card for a sampling of the services you can access for free with your library card.

If you don’t have a library card, you can register online for a temporary card which will allow you to access eResources. When county libraries re-open, you can verify your address and upgrade your card.

Item due dates and overdue fees are suspended for the duration of the closure. If you have items checked out, please do not return them until we re-open.

All residents of Allegheny County are urged to remain at home unless performing essential work, visiting a health care provider, shopping for weekly groceries, or purchasing medicine.

Health authorities recommend that in order to slow the spread of the virus, unless you are engaged in essential work, you should avoid leaving your home. Do not travel, visit non-essential businesses, or attend public gatherings. Even if you are not currently experiencing symptoms, you may be a carrier of the virus.

Avoid shopping except to obtain essential goods for your household.

If you are displaying symptoms of what may seem to be cold, flu, or bronchitis, especially fever, shortness of breath, or persistent coughing, call your doctor or other healthcare provider.

The illness does not discriminate by age or health; even young and healthy people may experience life-threatening symptoms. However, the following populations are most at risk:

  • The elderly
  • People with weakened immune systems or autoimmune disorders
  • People with reduced lung function, asthma, or COPD
  • People with other chronic medical conditions

Because this is such a rapidly evolving situation, Dormont Public Library will continue to monitor national and state health authorities’ recommendations and consult with the appropriate professionals to ensure the health and safety of all.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to continuing to serve you.


Background Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have prepared a list of frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Election and Voter Registration Info

Pennsylvania’s primary election date has been moved to Tuesday, June 2. The new deadline to register to vote is Friday, May 18. Registered voters can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot until May 26, 2020. To register to vote or to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, visit votespa.com.

Tax Info

Federal and state tax return due dates have been moved to Wednesday, July 15. For more information, visit irs.gov or the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Local taxes collected by Jordan Tax Service are still due Wednesday, April 15. Jordan Tax Service will only accept payments by mail, their online payment portal, or drop-off until further notice. For questions, call (724) 731-2300 or email custsvc@jordantax.com.

Aid and Assistance

The Keystone Oaks School District will be offering a free bagged lunch with milk to any child age 18 or younger, beginning Tuesday, March 17. Children do not have to qualify for free or reduced price school lunches to receive this free bagged lunch.

Duquesne Light has halted electrical shutoffs through at least May 1, 2020. Contact Duquesne Light at 412-393-7100 if you are in need of assistance.

The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority has halted shutoffs until at least May 31, 2020. Contact PWSA at 412-255-2423 if you have recently had your water shut off or have difficulty paying your water bill.

Pennsylvania American Water Company has halted water shutoffs indefinitely. Contact them at 1-800-565-7292 for water service restoration.

Columbia Gas has halted shutoffs indefinitely. Call 1-888-460-4332 to discuss payment arrangements and/or financial assistance programs.

If you are a student or worker who will be working remotely from home, Comcast is offering 60 days of free internet service through the Internet Essentials program. People can sign up at www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.