By Judy Woodward

Every week, the reference librarians at the Roseville Library receive dozens of questions from the public. Here are two interesting queries we have received lately:

Q.In late March we moved here from out of state. The pandemic had just started and because of COVID-19 we have not been able to get a library card. Is there any way to get one when your library is still mostly closed?

A. At this time, you can sign up by phone for a temporary library card for the Ramsey County Library system that will give you unlimited access to our electronic resources and partial access to our physical materials. Although you can’t browse our stacks in person yet, you can request and check out up to five items with a temporary card.

Once patrons are allowed full access to our buildings again, you will be able to exchange your temporary card for a permanent card. You can get a a temporary card by calling the library at 651-724-6001.

Q. Why don’t you carry the latest book by Louise Candlish?

A. This book—like many other titles—seems to have fallen victim to COVID-19, which has disrupted many a publication schedule.

Louise Candlish is an English author of best-selling crime novels. Her most recent book, “The Other Passenger,” was published in Britain in January, just weeks before the pandemic erupted. Normally an American edition would have followed shortly thereafter, but current plans have pushed back the U.S. publication date to summer 2021.

We do carry her two earlier novels, in case you missed reading either of them.

Judy Woodward, who lives in St. Anthony Park, is a reference librarian at the Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave. The library’s general phone number is 651-724-6001.

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