City of Seward COVID-19 News and Information

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Library & Museum Report 3/20/20

Post Date:03/23/2020 10:00 AM
Seward Community Library & Museum 
Director’s Report

The Seward Community Library & Museum is closed and all non-essential staff have been sent home until April 24th, or until otherwise determined, in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Disease.  You can find City of Seward COVID-19 updates at

Director Kingsland will answer incoming calls to the Library & Museum as she is able.  You may also contact her directly at 907-244-4008 or  Thank you for your patience!

Some Good News
  All other Library Museum staff are working remotely, communicating and maintaining a schedule.
  ALL library loan due dates are extended through May 15, including those from other libraries.
  ALL Seward item overdue fines will also be forgiven through the month of April, which is our annual tradition for Library Amnesty Month.
  Holds are temporarily suspended, but not deleted.
  Regular library card holders have access to the Alaska Digital Library.  Blocked status’ have been temporarily lifted.  Visit with your library card number and pin.  Call Director Kingsland if you need help.
  We have free Wi-Fi outside our building 24/7!  No password.
  We are working on virtual programming, online resources and other ideas to continue to enrich our community during this stressful time.  

Updates will be posted to our webpage:

In Case You Didn’t Know

The Alaska State Library purchases databases annually for Alaska residents of all ages.  Visit to access SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway.  Alaska residents can fill a form to receive a password: 

The 2020 Census can still be done online at or by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail.  Visit for more information.  10 minutes of your time is worth 10 years of economic benefit and impact to Alaska and our communities!  Due April 1st.

Permanent Fund application forms can be found at for printing and mailing.  Due March 31st.

Valarie Kingsland, MLIS
Museum & Library Director
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City of Seward COVID-19 Response

The City of Seward officially declared a Public Health Emergency at a Level III Incident in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 17, 2020.  All non-essential personnel were instructed to go home to work remotely and all City offices, with the exception of the Police Department window in City Hall, were closed to the public until April 24, 2020, or until otherwise determined.  Essential staff continue to work and emergency services will still be provided as needed. 

The City of Seward thanks the community for coming together under these unprecedented circumstances and asks everyone to strictly comply with State mandates in order to slow the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 in Seward.  Protect yourself; protect your community! 

City Public Information Line:  Call 907-224-4015 for more information or to ask questions.  Messages will be responded to.


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Helpful COVID-19 Links

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