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Beaumont Library is a welcoming and trusted resource for everyone in the community.  The safety of our staff and customers is one of our top priorities.  At this time of uncertainty about the Coronavirus (Covid-19), with all schools in Riverside County being shut down and access to City facilities being severely limited, Beaumont Library is closed to the public until state and county restrictions are liftedBookmobile service and other outreach activities are also suspended at this time.  

While our building is closed to the public, Beaumont Library is pleased to offer curbside pickup of holds from our parking lot and delivery of holds to shut-ins who are residents of the district. These are the requirements for this service:

 • Customers must receive notice from the Library that their holds are ready to be picked up before coming to the Library. No exceptions will be made.

 • Holds can only be picked up on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and all items will be checked out to you and sanitized for your safety.

 • When you arrive at the library for curbside pickup, you must call 951- 845-1357 to identify yourself and let staff know you have arrived. No service other than hold pickups is allowed (except to update library cards as necessary).

 • If you leave your vehicle, you must wear a facial covering and maintain 6-foot social distancing, or service may be refused. Wait for staff to place your items on the pickup table before approaching. If you do not wish to leave your vehicle, and can open your trunk remotely, staff will place the hold items in your trunk.

 • If you are unable to pick up your items within 7 days of receiving your pickup notice, those holds will be canceled and the items will go to the next customers waiting or be returned to the shelf if no other holds have been placed on them.

 • Per library policy, no more than 10 items may be placed on hold at any one time, and you must take all items that are ready for you when you arrive for pickup.

 • All return items must be placed in one of the Library’s book returns— located on the side of the parking lot alley, as well as next to the California Avenue entrance.

 • At this time, payment of any pre-existing fines and fees can only be handled through the mail or by credit card over the telephone.

Delivery service of holds to shut-ins who are part of our district is being offered by emailing us at or calling 951-845-1357.

Remember, even if you cannot take advantage of these services, we have many digital services available to our cardholders for free, such as e-bookse-audiobooks, and magazines, as well as streaming music, movies, and TV.

If you are a district resident who does not have a Beaumont Library card, you can get our new "Instant Digital Card" in 30 seconds from our website.  It will allow you to check out e-books and e-audiobooks from Overdrive, the largest provider of digital materials to libraries around the world!

You can research your family history now, too! Ancestry is temporarily allowing remote access for patrons. To access this just log into your patron account here, then click the "Summary" button to the left and you will find the link for Ancestry towards the top of the page. 

You can learn more about these services that are available online 24/7 by going to without the need to even visit our building!  See the details in our latest newsletter that is attached below.

If you have items to return, our book drops on California Avenue and next to the library parking lot remain open and are being emptied on a regular basis. Fines are being suspended during this period.

If you are unable to get to the Internet some other way, it is also important to point out that Beaumont Library's 1-Gigabit broadband wi-fi signal is accessible from the library parking lot during normal library hours--see the schedule on this page.

In the meantime, we continue to follow national, state, and local public health authorities and will pursue proactive strategies as necessary. As already recommended by health officials, we will implement deep cleaning of our building and collection during the closure. 

Once we return to regular operations, we will continue enhanced cleaning protocols, and hand sanitizers will be available for staff and library customers.  In addition, safety notices will be posted informing the public about Covid-19, its symptoms, and steps for avoiding it

For your personal health and that of others, please remember to follow the precautions and preventative measures as recommended by the Center for Disease Control:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Thank you for your support of Beaumont Library District, a California Special District independent of City and County, as we work through this difficult period.

Luren E. Dickinson, Director

Connect to the world through the Beaumont Library District

Beaumont Library District was established in August 1911 and the building, funded by Andrew Carnegie, was opened in 1914. An addition was built in 1965 and a community room was built in 1981. You can find a current floor plan (PDF) of the library online. 

The library is a special "library services" district and is independent of both city and county governments. We currently serve over 80,000 residents of the city of Beaumont, unincorporated Cherry Valley, and unincorporated areas of Riverside County, all of which lie within the District boundaries. Visit for more information on special districts in California.

Learn more about the library and see what your library is worth with this return on investment calculator. For example, in 2014-15 the library circulated approximately 64,297 children's books, 30,249 adult books, and 49,629 videos. Add to that 20,167 reference questions answered, 10,144 computer sessions, and 23,765 program attendees, and you get an estimated value of $2,235,050.00. That's a pretty good return on your investment.

"Over a century of service to the community"

"A California Services District"

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Our ZipBooks program now has an online form, click here to check it out!

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