Libraries reopen with limited services



The Pioneer Library System has reopened physical locations with multiple guidelines in place for the safety of customers and staff as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

PLS branches are now open for browsing and Wi-Fi access in a “grab-and-go” environment. Limits on public computer continue to be limited to encourage the “grab-and-go” model. Customers are welcome to spend some time at the library studying but we may ask you to shorten your visit so that others also can spend some time in the library.

Customers are able to reserve a time slot for public computer use in advance of physically coming to the library by calling 405-792-0777. After calling, you will be prompted to follow the steps in the automated phone system to select your library and place the reservation. Please have your library card number and PIN number available when you call. Two 30-minute computer sessions may be accessed daily. The library also can be used for copying, faxing and scanning. 

Pickup of materials also is available and may be done through a curbside service. Parking spaces will be designated for curbside pickup, and customers should follow the instructions on the sign at their parking space after they arrive.

Returned items initially are being quarantined for safety, so they may show as checked out on accounts for several days after they are returned. Please note that late fees will not be assessed for any of these items.

The library's digital and virtual resources, which have seen an increase in use during the closing, continue to be an option for those more comfortable staying home. Thousands of choices are offered through the OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy services available here. Digital items are also available on mobile devices through the PLS Connect app which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information and digital programming and activities.

Dial a Story for bilingual story times

The Pioneer Library System continues to look for new ways to reach out to readers, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has limited some library services and activities.

The library is introducing a new bilingual service for families – PLS Dial a Story – serving children through stories delivered over the phone in both English and Spanish.

To use the service, customers will call 405-701-2665 (405-701-BOOK) and listen to a pre-recorded story. Each story will be read in both English and Spanish and will primarily come from a collection of picture books. Roxanne Pico, Children’s Library Assistant at Norman Public Library Central, will present the stories, which will change each week on Fridays.

The goal of the service is to allow families with limited Internet connectivity to engage with literacy in a unique way. It also can help children who are spending extensive time in front of a screen to get a break from that while still giving them a way to connect with a new story or book.

Participation in PLS Dial a Story will count toward minutes earned for the library’s Summer Learning Challenge, where readers have a goal of spending six million minutes learning and engaging with the library and their community. Find out more about ways to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge here.

Similar services to PLS Dial a Story have found success at library systems around the country, including the Tulsa City-County Library System and the Kansas City Public Library.

The 12 libraries of the Pioneer Library System have reopened with limited services available. Also, interaction with the library continues through its many virtual resources available here.

Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information on possible changes to schedule and services, as well as digital programming and activities.

Coronavirus Information

As state and municipal governments increasingly move toward ordering people to shelter in place to blunt the spread of COVID-19, Pioneer Library System service has been altered. 

PLS branches are now open for browsing and Wi-Fi access in a “grab-and-go” environment. Limits on public computer continue to be limited to encourage the “grab-and-go” model. Customers are welcome to spend some time at the library studying but we may ask you to shorten your visit so that others also can spend some time in the library.

Also available are essential computer access (limited to two 30-minute sessions daily), curbside pickup of materials, copying, faxing and scanning.

Ask Us will continue to be available to answer library questions.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information and digital programming and activities.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing.  For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For up-to-date information about Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Coronavirus Response page.


General Information

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has teamed up with Oklahoma Magazine to produce a video answering Frequently Asked Questions.

What is coronavirus?
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
How does coronavirus spread?
How is coronavirus prevented and treated?
Information for International Travel
Information for Spanish and Vietnamese Speakers (courtesy  of Seattle & King County Public Health)

Nuevo coronavirus PDF (Lengua Española)

Vi-rút Corona Mới PDF (Ngôn ngữ tiếng Việt)

Preventative Measures and Information for Patients

CDC Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Hand-washing PDF
Sanitizer Hand Rub Application Technique PDF
Information for Patients with Coronavirus

English PDF

Spanish PDF

Additional Resources

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Disaster Lit 
Medline Plus
Wiley Online Library
Coronavirus and Pregnant Women and Children
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus

Local Chambers of Commerce provide support, information

As conditions change on nearly a daily basis during the coronavirus pandemic, local Chamber of Commerce organizations have been a vital resource for information throughout Pioneer's service area.

Special focus is provided for small business owners and Chamber members but also city residents in general in each community served by a local Chamber.

Each of the following local Chambers of Commerce in our service area may be accessed through their Facebook pages below:

Blanchard Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce

McLoud Chamber of Commerce

Moore Chamber of Commerce

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce

Noble Chamber of Commerce

Norman Chamber of Commerce

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

South OKC Chamber of Commerce

Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce

Business owners or those interested in starting their own business also can help from the Pioneer Library System. The library also offers multiple databases and resources for business owners to access.

Experience the world from home

We've compiled a plethora of virtual activities for families to check out while they are home practicing social distancing!
Special thanks to our friends at the Pflugerville (Texas) Public Library for some of these suggestions.

And keep an eye out in this space for more ideas as they become available and as we hear about them.


For Children

Educational Opportunities

Amazing Educational Resources

Backpack Sciences

Barefoot Books

Brain Pop

Clavis Publishing  (Printable activity sheets) 

Click Clack Books

Free Educational Subscriptions

50 Best Lego Duplo Play Ideas

Gifted and Talented Resources

Girls Who Code

Holiday House Publishing

Mad Science

Maker Maven  (STEAM activities) 

Mundo Primaria (en Espanol)

Mystery Science Lessons      

National Geographic for Kids

Random House

Scholastic  (Home learning)     

Simon and Schuster (Tween book recommendations and activities)

Speech Buddies (online speech therapy resources)  

K-6 children's ebook database
K-6 math ebook database
Grades 7-12 ebook database
All ages audiobook database


Deadline nears to be counted in 2020 Census

The 2020 U.S. Census count is heading into its final weeks, and a change to the deadline date for compiling of numbers has made response by citizens even more critical.

The best way to participate is online at the Census homepage. Follow several steps to respond, and the process takes about 10 minutes to complete. Those that do not complete the form online still will need to be counted, though, which means the use of physical counters going door to door.

In-person interviewing has started in some parts of the country and will increase beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 11. However, in working to complete and compile the data collection for government use by the mandated date at the end of 2020, the counting efforts will conclude on Wednesday, Sept. 30, a month earlier than previously had been announced.

It’s critical for communities to have an accurate count. Census results are used for many reasons. They help determine allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for schools, roads and other public services based on needs in areas based on population.

The results also help to draw legislative district lines and determine a state's seat numbers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

More facts:

Census Day: People are counted based on their residence on April 1. 

Avoiding Scams: The Census Bureau will only make contact by mail or in person - never by email. For questions about an in-person Census interviewer, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Why the Deadline Changed: Initially, plans had called for completing the Census count by Friday, July 31. By government order, that date was pushed back to Saturday, Oct. 31, due to complications from the Coronavirus affecting the safety of in-person Census takers. However, recent direction to the Census Bureau from the U.S. Department of Commerce has moved the deadline date for the field data count forward by a month to the new date of Wednesday, Sept. 30. The goal for this move is so numbers can be compiled and presented by the statutory deadline of Dec. 31, 2020 that is required by law.

Multilingual Effort: The Census can be completed online in 13 languages, and webpages and guides are offered in 59 non-English languages.

The Youngest Count: Funding for many projects related to give families with young children a strong start is based on Census data. Yet about 2.2 million children age 5 and under were missed during the 2010 Census. That number adds up to nearly 10 percent of the age group. This has been blamed on many families simply not realizing babies should be counted.

College Students: Coronavirus has affected college classes and disrupted living arrangements for many students. The Census Bureau's statement for college students' residence is as follows: "Per the Census Bureau's residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Find out more online or call 1-844-330-2020.