Phased Reopening After Temporary Closure
Current & Upcoming Library Services

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Palos Park Public Library continues to monitor the recommendations and guidelines of government and public health officials regarding COVID-19. To ensure it is operating as safely as possible, the Library is taking a phased approach to resuming services. Check this page regularly for updates.

Services Starting Tuesday, July 7 - TBD

The library building will be open to the public with limited hours for walk through services and computer appointments. We will limit the number of guests allowed in the building at any one time and will require mask/face covering upon entry and at all times while in the building. We have removed most chairs and tables, and some areas have been closed off. Computers will be available by appointment and will be limited to an hour per day per person. Youth computers will be available for a maximum of one hour per day per child/teen. Scanning, copying and faxing services will be available. For your safety and ours, computers, scanners and copiers are self-service only and staff will not be able to help you.

Public Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to safely maintain workflow, we will open one hour later and close one hour earlier than normal operating hours.This will provide staff with the ability to safely complete tasks on the public service floor, such as sanitization and shelving.  

General information:

  • Mask/face covering is required while in the building.

  • Please practice physical distancing while in the building.

  • Similar to grocery stores, we ask that you make an effort to only touch items you intend to borrow.

  • We will do our best to sanitize frequently touched surfaces regularly but strongly suggest you follow CDC guidelines and wash or sanitize your hands after your visit. 

  • For your safety and ours, please maintain physical distance and stand behind barriers while interacting with staff at our public service desks. 

  • We are encouraging short stays in the Library to enforce physical distancing.

  • Curbside pickup available upon request. 
     

Available Services: 

  • Books and magazines are available for checkout.

  • Adult computers by appointment and limited to one hour per day per person. Call the library to make an appointment and for more information.

  • Youth computer available on a drop-in basis and limited to one hour per day per child/teen.

  • Computers, scanning, printing and copying are all self-service and staff will not be able to instruct or assist you.

  • WiFi is available, please limit your personal device use to one hour per day.

  • Reference and reader’s advisory services available by phone and email only.

  • Library card renewals and new library card applications.

  • Library account payments are limited to credit cards.


Services that are not available at this time:

  • Meeting room use.

  • In library programs. Programs are being offered online.

  • Newspapers.

  • All toys have been put away. 

  • Socializing, meetings, and tutoring sessions in our public areas are not allowed at this time.

  • Volunteering.

  • Internship program.

 

FAQs

What if I feel I cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition? 

We understand that not everyone can wear a face covering; while we cannot permit you to enter the building without a mask, we will do what we can to help you accomplish your library tasks while you remain outside the building. Please call or email Kathryn Sofianos, the library director, to arrange for accommodations. Call (708) 448-1530 or email ksofianos@palosparklibrary.org.

Do I need a library card to use the computers? 

No, we are allowing everyone one hour per day on the computers by appointment. 

Why are my items still showing checked out when I returned them yesterday?

We are quarantining all items for a period of 3 days before handling them. After their quarantine period, they will be checked in fine-free and will no longer appear on your record.

Current Services

Book Drop

We are accepting the return of Palos Park Public Library materials, as well as Interlibrary Loan materials. All items will be quarantined for 7 days before they are checked in. No overdue fines will be charged. We are not accepting donated books or other items at this time.

Curbside Pickup of Library Materials
Click Here for How it Works

Mobile Printing @Home for Curbside Pickup/Printing & Faxing Curbside Dropoff  
Palos Park Public Library cardholders can submit print jobs to us for curbside pickup during our service hours (M-Th: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., F-Sa: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.). There will be no charge for print jobs equal to or less than 10 color pages or equal to or less than 20 black & white pages.

 

Print jobs can be submitted from your home through the library's mobile printing application, or by emailing us at info@palosparklibrary.org with the subject heading "printing request". Phone the library at 708-448-1530 to make curbside drop off arrangements for printing and faxing (faxing is free of charge).

Computer Appointments

Starting on Wednesday, June 24th, a limited number of patrons will be allowed into the building to use the library computers. In accordance with the safety guidelines we are following, we have developed the following plan: 

1. Appointments will be available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Appointments will be for 50 minute sessions and will begin on the hour. The last appointment of the day M - Th will be from 6 to 6:50 p.m. and on F - Sa from 12 to 12:50 p.m.

2. Palos Park Public Library cardholders will be able to reserve a computer slot up to one week in advance. If you don't have a Palos Park Public Library card, you may call in the morning, starting at 10 a.m. to sign up for an available slot that day. For now, we are limiting everyone's use to two hours per week.

3. At this time, staff will not be able to provide any help on the computers. We are working on setting up software that will allow us to help you remotely but it isn't in place yet.

4. Patrons are required to wear masks while in the building. Computers will be spaced for appropriate social distancing and there will be hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes next to each station.

Library Card Applications 

Phone the library at 708-448-1530 to make curbside application arrangements. Click here for more information on obtaining a library card.