The safety of our community has been our priority during this pandemic. With Covid-19 cases in our area rapidly rising and a statewide Stay At Home advisory in place, we have decided that, as of Tuesday, November 17, the Library building will be temporarily closed to the public. We are still offering Curbside Pickup; answering questions through phone, email, and chat; hosting virtual events; and offering digital resources.
This is a changing situation, so please check back here, follow us on social media, and make sure you’re signed up for our e-news to get updates. We thank you for your patience and support during this time.
Please review the information available below regarding changes to our hours of service, safety guidelines, services available and more. All information listed is subject to change.
Curbside PIckup Service only:
- Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed on Sunday
The Library is only open for Curbside Pickup. In-person Grab & Go Service and the Express Computer Stations are temporarily unavailable. You can still place holds on items from other libraries.
Available via Curbside Pickup:
- Physical items like books and DVDs
- Binge Boxes
- Take & Make kits
- Program materials
- Documents that you email to us to print for you.
How do I return items?
Please return Library materials that you have at home. Our drive-up return box is open 24/7.
When library materials are returned, they will be placed in quarantine for three days. This means that after you return an item, it will be at least three days before it is checked in. The item will display on your account as checked out. Don’t worry about your item becoming overdue during this time. We are accounting for quarantine time in our system, and you will not be charged a fine if you returned the item on time.
Are Library materials safe to use?
When library materials are returned, they will be placed in quarantine for three days. (Research is still being conducted on the length of time that the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces such as plastic and paper, but the latest guidance from the Institute of Museum and Library Services recommends a three day quarantine. As more research becomes available, we may reconsider our procedures.)
Keeping materials in quarantine is more effective than any kind of chemical, heat, or light disinfectant. No cleaning process can disinfect every page of a book, and many such treatments will damage the materials. Quarantine protects the materials and kills the virus. Please do not attempt to heat, bleach, spray, or otherwise sanitize your library materials.
Library staff have gone through extensive training on how to handle an item that has been placed on hold for Curbside Pickup. We are making every effort to keep any contact to a minimum, and the contact we do have to make will be using good hygiene and personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. We are following strict safety protocols mandated by the state of Illinois as well as procedures recommended by other organizations.
Using the Library from home
Attend an event:
We're hosting events online! Click here to view our upcoming events.
Use our online resources:
- Access e-books and e-audiobooks through Overdrive. (To use this service on your mobile device, search your app store for Libby. You'll need your library card number to download books.)
- Stream music and videos plus access e-books and digitial audiobooks through Hoopla. (We raised the maximum items per month during this time.)
- Read all the latest current issues of your favorite magazines (over 2,900 of them!) with RB Digital.
- Get your craft on by watching tutorials on Creativebug.
- Learn new skills on everything from software to accounting to videography with Lynda.com.
Just for kids:
- Keep up with your homework with the help of Illinois Homework Help/Tutor.com.
- Access over 1,100 digital titles for grades K-6 with Tumblebooks.
- Read to learn, then learn to read with digital storytimes for Pre-K to grade 3 on Bookflix.
Use our public Wi-Fi:
- Our public WiFi is still active. Even though you can't come inside the building, you can potentially still access the network from the sidewalk out front. The front of the building is still a fire zone, so please don't park there even though we are closed.
Protecting yourself and others from Covid-19
- It is Illinois law to wear a mask face covering in public or when physical distancing is not possible.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.