Starting Monday, the Halifax County-South Boston Public Library System will only be offering curbside pickup of books, DVDs and audio books, as well as online services through the library’s website at www.halifaxlibrary.org.

The library’s wireless internet service will continue to be available in the parking lots.

“We are taking this action and suspending some services due to the uptick in the number of new virus cases in Halifax County, as well as the high seven-day test positivity level in the county,” said Jay Stephens, library director.

Stephens also said that he was very concerned that a number of scientists and health care professionals were predicting a surge of the virus in January.

“When it comes to personal health and safety my inclination is to err on the side of caution, especially where this virus is concerned. A number of other public libraries in the state have already scaled back their services due to local increases in the virus and we are following their lead,” the library director added.

Stephens said that customers will still be able to request books, DVDs and audio books, either over the phone or by using the library’s online catalog.

Requested items will be checked out to the customer and made ready for pickup.

Children’s programs will continue to be posted on the library’s Facebook page, and additional library services and resources will still be available through the library’s website.

Stephens concluded on a positive note saying, “Hopefully, by February, the vaccine will be widely available, the surge will be over, and we will be able to add back the services we are suspending.”