The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library is closed to the public March 17 – 29.

In an effort to protect the public, limit exposure, and prevent the spread of the rapidly evolving COVID 19 pandemic, the City of Crosby Council has made the decision to suspend all city services with the exception of essential public safety services beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The Library will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29.

The closure will be reviewed by the City Council and possibly extended at that time.

Staff will be working at Abbey House while we are closed to the public. If you have any questions, please call 218-546-8005 Monday – Friday between 10:00 and 5:00.

Our librarian can be reached at

  • If you have any items out, please keep them until we open again.
    • We do not have a book drop or drop location. Please do not try to return items to Abbey House or City Hall.
  • You will not be charged an overdue fine for movies.
  • Digital items will automatically return when they are due.
  • All reserves will be held until April 17.
    • We will call to remind you of your reserve when we reopen.

All programming is on hold through the end of April.

Please check back on our website or on our Facebook page for updates.

All Tax Help is on hold until further notice.

AARP Foundation suspended all Tax Aide services. Please check their website for the most up to date news.

COVID-19 Resources

As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from circulating viruses. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work. 
  • Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the trash straight away and wash your hands afterward. 
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Most newspapers have removed paywalls for articles concerning COVID-19 so everyone has access to information.

Local Sources:

Brainerd Dispatch

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Other Sources:


New York Times