Our plan to reintroduce services, reopen buildings

Navigating COVID-19 together

As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team.

Putting people and safety first

To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to serve our community, the library is reintroducing services and reopening buildings in stages, following clearly defined service levels. This plan, approved by the Board of Library Trustees at its April 28 meeting, continues to evolve and be informed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the state of Illinois, and the Oak Park Public Health Department. See a summary of service levels in the graphic below, and read the complete plan now (pdf) »

1

Contact-free holds pickup, Main Library only. Buildings, parking garage remain closed to public. Staggered returns to begin.

2

Main Library open with specific capacity limits and some onsite staff for materials, technology support. Public computer use by appointment only.

3

Dole & Maze reopen. Smaller-scale public meetings and library programs. Study room use only by appointment. Full stacks, special collections access.

4

Full service restored. Larger-scale library programs. Onsite storytime, outreach to preschools.

Now (Service Level 2): Main Library only open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm

As we continue to offer access to a digital library, various contact-free services, and virtual patron support, we encourage community members who do not need to come inside the building to continue to take advantage of these services.
The library is prepared to move back to earlier service stages if we see the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and community members would require that action. To stay open, we need to stay safe.

Next: Anticipating Service Levels 3 & 4

Any anticipated dates for service Service Levels 3 and 4 will be dependent on local and state assessment of risk.
Looking ahead and in summary from the plan for Service Level 3:
  • The majority of library services will be reintroduced and all buildings will be open.
  • There may be limitations on larger group gatherings for meetings and programs.
  • Programs for children in grade school and older may be offered as well as adult and teen programming; children must be able to understand and practice safe hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Community engagement and outreach to young children in-person will remain suspended.
  • Some seating will be reintroduced but configured to allow for physical distance.
  • Study rooms may be used with one or two people.
  • Computers are accessible at physically distant intervals.
  • Desk staff are available on the service desks but only one staff member per desk.
  • Voter registration, proctoring, and notary services will be available.
And for Service Level 4:
  • Service desks will be fully staffed.
  • Device checkouts will be permitted and all computers are in operation.
  • All seating areas will be back on the floor.
  • Larger group gatherings of all ages for meetings or library programs will be allowed in meeting spaces at all locations.
  • The Community Engagement team will make Book Bike visits and attend outreach events.
  • Visits to preschools and storytimes will resume.
  • Art exhibits may be scheduled.

About physical materials access

Yes! Through the catalog. Here’s more help from SWAN on how to manage your holds »

After August 12, Oak Park cardholders can place holds on material from other SWAN libraries and submit interlibrary loan requests

Yes! Learn more now about contact-free returns at the Main Library »

Beginning June 22, options to return materials expand to include:

  • Both outside the Main Library entrance and inside on the first floor.
  • Curbside book drops will open:
    • In Village of Oak Park Parking Lot 55 (at North Boulevard between Kenilworth and Oak Park avenues). See on Google Maps »
    • At Maze Branch on Gunderson Avenue.
    • At Dole Branch on Augusta Street.
    • Please note: You will be responsible for items left outside book drops. If drops are full, please do not leave items next to or on top of the drop. Thank you!
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Yes. When logged into your library account, you can add titles you want to remember to “My Lists.” Find instructions from SWAN here »

For now, due dates for all SWAN library materials have been extended as needed. SWAN is a consortium of nearly 100 west suburban libraries, and when it comes to late fines, the lending library’s rules apply. It can be confusing, so if you have questions, please contact us.

Yes, but only online article requests may be fulfilled at this time. Visit oppl.org/requests »

The Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library filed an emergency rule effective through at least August 12 to temporarily suspend resource sharing, reciprocal borrowing, and interlibrary loan requirements for library system membership.

No, please do not bring materials donations (books, DVDs, CDs) to any location. Find area locations who may accept book donations now »

We are following protocols set by the CDC, the American Library Association, and additional health care and library agencies. Right now, any returned materials will be quarantined for three days before being checked in. This is based on recommendations by RAILS and research conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services: “Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days.

We plan to follow guidelines set by the CDC, the library industry’s best practices, and the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Read more about what we’re doing to keep each other safe »

About summer reading, in-person events, meetings & community visits

No, not through December. Virtual programs for all ages continue to be added to this webpage and to oppl.org/calendar. (If you are on mobile, select either “Virtual & Offsite” or “All Locations” to see all virtual programs on the calendar.)

Yes! Virtual, summer-long programs for kids age 3 through rising 9th graders and for adults and teens both launch June 1 and continue through August 31!

Not until Service Level 3. 

Learn more about using virtual meeting spaces. 

 

Home delivery services have resumed in Service Level 2. Learn more »

I have another question & want to speak to someone

Please contact us! We continue working remotely, answering your questions as quickly as we can. Call us at 708.383.8200 and leave a message. Or ask us via oppl.org/contact. A library staff member will respond as soon as possible.

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