HUDSON — The library and historical society is now closed for the next three weeks in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s directives on the coronavirus outbreak.

The library will remain closed until at least April 5, according to a news release issued by the library Friday night.

"This decision was not made lightly," the library’s news release stated. "The scientific evidence that social distancing can help stop the spread of the coronavirus was a compelling factor in making this difficult decision. We will continue to follow guidelines provided by our local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

Despite the closure, a library official said the Flood Meeting Room will be open on Tuesday, March 17, for the primary election.

During this time frame, the book drop bin will be closed. Due dates and holds for materials will be extended and late fees will be waived during this three-week time period.

Patrons can still visit the library’s website at hudsonlibrary.org to access the library’s digital resources.

Updates on the situation can also be found on the website.