EDITOR'S NOTE: The following press release was posted without editing.
the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control, the American Library Association, and an
abundance of caution to keep our community and staff safe, W.G. Rhea Public Library will close the
building to the public beginning Saturday, March 21st through at least Sunday, April 5th.
This is not an easy decision. We care deeply about our community and feel that the best way we can
serve you now is to help prevent COVID-19 from entering Henry County, especially as our patrons
include many seniors and other individuals at high risk.
We understand the library is an essential resource for many, so we are taking steps to support you
during this temporary closure:
• The library staff will continue to work "behind the scenes" to perform essential functions of the
• Curbside Delivery on books and movies will be available through online reservation. Please see
our Facebook page, our website, or call the library at 731-642-1702 for more details on this
• Our digital collection of books, magazines, movies, and audiobooks is always available through
R.E.A.D.S. and Libby
• 24/7 wi-fi is always available and reaches all corners of our parking lot
• We will continue to provide renewal services by phone. No late fees will be generated on
• All due dates will be automatically extended
• All items on hold will remain on hold for our patrons through our re-opening
• You will still be able to call the Library with questions at 731-642-1702
We are doing our part to help "flatten the curve" by the action we are taking. We look forward to
serving you while our doors are closed and welcoming you back to the library when this unusual period
is resolved and our doors are once again open to the public. Thank you for your understanding and
wishing you the best of health.