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The Library will cautiously reopen for limited services.

We will offer computer sessions, copy machine use (copy, print, and scan), browsing and check out of Library items, and Library card account services. We will continue to offer vestibule pick up of Library items, phone and email service, and next day mobile print pick up. Patrons are asked to keep their visits brief, to 30 minutes. Come in to browse, use a computer, or check out books and movies.

Library Hours
Monday-Friday: 11 am-6 pm
Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
Sunday: 1-4 pm

We will be following public health guidelines from the Restore Illinois plan and the Center for Disease Control

Our plan may change at any time based on new information or directives from the State. Please stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook or signing up for our e-newsletter.

If you have questions, please reach out at 708-366-7171 or email us at askus@fppl.org

 

New Safety Requirements

  • If you feel unwell, we ask that you not visit in person.
  • All patrons over 2 years old will be required to wear a face mask.
  • While visiting, practice good hygiene such as hand-washing and avoiding touching your face.
  • A staff member at the entrance will be in charge of limiting building capacity. You may need to wait until another patron leaves before you can enter.
  • Plexiglass dividers will be in place at transaction points.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be expected.
  • No “over-the-shoulder” help will be available from staff.
  • Food and uncapped drinks will not be allowed.

We will continuously evaluate our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons. These expectations are subject to change as needed.

 

Library Spaces

  • Building capacity of 41 people at a time including staff. This number may increase or decrease based on state guidance and patron demand. 
  • Each patron will be allowed in the building for 30 minutes. 
  • No one under the age of 12 will be able to enter the Library without a parent, guardian, or responsible caretaker. 
  • Furniture and tables have been removed or spaced out to help maintain social distancing. 
  • Elevators are limited to 1 person/family at a time.
  • Restrooms are limited to 2 people or one family at a time. 
  • The number of computers will be limited and sessions will be 30 minutes in length. 
  • Toys and games in the Youth Services area are currently unavailable. 
  • Meeting and study rooms will be unavailable.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to study or hang out in the Library to limit exposure and contact. 

 

Computer & Copy Machine Use

Computer use is available first-come, first-served. There will be less computers available to allow for social distancing. Computer sessions are limited to 30 minutes, but may be extended if no one is waiting. In-person tech assistance will not be available.

The copy machine on both levels will be available for use. The main level copy machine offers print on demand, scanning, and copying. The copy machine on the lower level is available for print on demand, copying, and scanning. Assistance is not available.  

 

Check Outs, Returns, & Holds

  • The Library will be open for browsing and check out at this time, we ask patrons to check items out and bring them home for reading. Magazines and newspapers will be available for checkout but not for in-house reading.
  • We will continue to offer the low contact Vestibule Pick Up for Library items. 
  • All items must be returned in the Book Drop except large Outreach Kits which do not fit. Please return these items to a staff member during open hours. 
  • The Library is going Fine Free for Now. Find out more about this temporary program here
  • All returned Library items will be quarantined. Read about our Quarantine Plan here. 
  • Once you return an item, you may see it on your account for 3 days. Items won’t be checked in until they are quarantined. 
  • Self Checkout machines are available on both floors. 

 

Library Cards

  • Library cards can be applied for over the phone with the help of staff, or online at fppl.org/library-cards. If you choose to apply for a card remotely, we will send your physical library card in the mail.
  • All Library cards expiring from January 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 will be renewed until June 30, 2023. 
  • If you have questions about your account, please call the Library at 708-366-7171. 

 

Ways to Limit Your Time in the Library

We understand that many feel uncomfortable visiting the Library at this time. Here are some of things we can offer to help:

 

Other Ways to Enjoy the Library from Home

For a detailed FAQ, please go here. 

Questions or comments? Please email us at askus@fppl.org or call 708-366-7171.