To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Tolono Public Library is closed to the public for an indefinite period, beginning Tuesday, March 17th.
All programming, outreach, and meeting room bookings have been canceled as well. We will continue to monitor this situation and will reassess as new information becomes available. Please visit our News page and like our Facebook page for more information and updates.
While the library is closed, we are still here for you. Rest assured our staff is working hard to make sure that we can continue to meet your needs virtually, even though our building is not open. We are dedicated to serving you as much as we are able during this uncertain time.
Library Closure FAQs
Can I get a library card?
If you live in the Tolono Public Library District (between County Road 600N and 1200E or between County Road 600E and County Road 1200N) and do not currently have a Tolono Public Library card, but would like to utilize our online resources, email email@example.com or call us at 217-485-5558 between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday to obtain a temporary barcode. This card will be valid until we reopen to the public. At that time, if you would like to continue to use it, please come into the library to make it official.
During the closure period, the Tolono Public Library is offering any student in the Unit 7 School District who does not already have a TPL card a temporary barcode to utilize our online resources. These cards will expire July 1, 2020. To apply for a card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 217-485-5558 between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday.
What can I do if I forget my library card number or PIN?
Contact us at 217-485-5558 or email@example.com.
Can I return materials?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept items while we’re closed, even in book drops. Please hang onto your material. We’ll provide information on when to return items after the library reopens.
What happened to my hold that was ready for pickup before you closed?
It’s still there on the hold shelf. We’ll contact you once we open to let you know that you can come in to check it out.
What do I do with items that are due before you re-open?
Continue to enjoy them! We’ll keep renewing them for you until we’re open again.
How do I contact the library while you’re closed?
We are available by email and by phone at 217-485-5558 10am – 6pm Monday through Friday.
Can I get help with eBooks and audiobooks?
Of course! Please contact our Librarian, Breana, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I request an interlibrary loan?
Due to closures, you will not be able to place holds on items from other libraries at this time.
Can I book a meeting room for a future date?
As we’re unsure when we’ll re-open, we currently are not accepting meeting room reservations.
I returned an item just before the closure, but it still appears on my account. What should I do?
Nothing! If the library wasn’t able to update your record prior to the closure, we’ll keep renewing the item while we’re closed. If it’s still on your account after we open, please contact us and we’ll remove it.
Where can I find library updates?
Important Phone Numbers and Emails
- Illinois Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-889-3931
- Email: email@example.com
- Champaign Urbana Public Health: (217) 352-7961
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Champaign Urbana Public Health
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
- Illinois Department of Employment Security, 1-800-244-5631
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 1-800-785-6055
- Small Business Resources
- Comcast and Xfinity Internet – 60 days free “Internet Essentials” service for new customers
- Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot Access – Free Wi-Fi hotspot access for all at all existing business hotspot locations; find one using their interactive map
- Charter Spectrum Internet – 60 days free Internet access for new K-12 and college student households
- IL Call4Calm: Text TALK to 552020
Illinois Warm Line: 866-359-7953
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified as part of an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in people.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How to Protect Yourself
Clean Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear A Facemask If You Are Sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.