FRONT ROYAL – Samuels Public Library has joined 18 other libraries and library systems statewide by offering free, at-home COVID-19 tests through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), according to a news release from the library.

The pilot program runs through Dec. 31, the release said.

Individuals may pick up a virtually-guided Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test at Samuels Public Library, use it in the privacy of their own home and receive digital test results in 15 minutes, the release stated.

The library is located at 330 E. Criser Road in Front Royal.

According to library officials, a library card is not required to receive a test.

The program is designed to increase access to COVID-19 testing, especially among rural and remote communities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with VDH to provide this simple, accessible avenue for testing in Warren County,” Michelle Ross, executive director of Samuels Public Library, said in the news release. “Libraries play an important role in public health by offering free access to information, this service strengthens and extends that role.”

According to the release, the at-home test kit uses the eMed digital platform. Users will need an internet-connected device enabled with a camera and microphone (smartphone or laptop) to join a virtual testing session with an eMed assistant. The eMed assistant will guide users through the testing process. Once the test is complete, the user will receive results within 15 minutes and eMed will report the results to VDH.

Individuals may request a test through curbside pick-up or at the Samuels Public Library circulation desk. If you are demonstrating symptoms, library officials have asked to please use curbside pick-up and do not enter the library. For safety reasons, tests may not be taken inside the library. The library’s public wireless internet is accessible in the parking lot. VDH recommends tests be used within two weeks to avoid expiration.