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COVID-19 Response

Update 8-17-2021

  • Hours for Patron use of the Library:
    • 8am to 7pm Monday through Friday
    • 10am to 4pm Saturdays
    • Noon to 4pm Sundays
  • Masks are required for all patrons over the age of two.
  • All seating will be available throughout the library.
  • The Study Room will be open first-come, first-served basis with a 2-hour time limit.
  • All patron computers will be available with a 1-hour time limit.
  • Restrooms and a water fountain will be open for patron use.
  • The Meeting Room is available for pre-approved events.  Call the Library for details on how to schedule.
  • The children’s play wall remains closed at this time.

Update 6-11-2021

The Tolono Public Library District would like to announce changes happening at the library.

  • Hours for Patron use of the Library:
    • 8am to 7pm Monday through Friday
    • 10am to 4pm Saturdays
    • Noon to 4pm Sundays
  • Masks will be required for unvaccinated patrons.
  • All seating will be available throughout the library.
  • The Study Room will be open first-come, first-served basis with a 2-hour time limit.
  • All patron computers will be available with a 1-hour time limit.
  • Restrooms and a water fountain will be open for patron use.
  • The Meeting Room will be open beginning July 1 for pre-approved events.  Call the Library for details on how to schedule.
  • The children’s play wall remains closed at this time.

Update 5-21-2020

  • Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9:00 – 10:00am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).
  • General Public Hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm weekdays, and 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sat/Sun
  • Curbside Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm weekdays, and 12:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday/Sunday
  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) are required to enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.
  • Patron Search computer is available for use in the building
  • Computers are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for one-hour sessions.  Limited computer assistance due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.
  • Patrons may enter the building to pick up holds, select materials, use the computers, copy, fax, and request notary services. Please limit the items you bring in to essentials.  No Food or Drink will be allowed in the building.
  • All book drop locations are open, including the book drop in the building.
  • We continue to offer virtual programming at this time.
  • The meeting room and study rooms remain unavailable.
  • Seating at tables is available.

Update 4/14/2021

  • Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).
  • General Public Hours: 10:00 – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sat/Sun
  • Curbside Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saturday/Sunday
  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) are required to enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.
  • Patron Search computer is now available for use in the building
  • Computers are available on a first come first serve basis for one hour sessions.  Limited computer assistance due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.
  • Patrons may enter the building to pick up holds, select materials, use the computers, copy, fax, and request notary services. Please limit the items you bring in to essentials.  No Food or Drink will be allowed in the building.
  • All book drop locations are open, including the book drop in the building.
  • We continue to offer virtual programming at this time.
  • The meeting room and study rooms remain unavailable.

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Update 3/15/2021

The library is open to the public and we are here to help!  We encourage our patrons to limit their time in the building.  Curbside Pickup is always an option too!

The library continues to be open to the public and we are here to help in any way that we can.  There are limits on the number of people in the library so please select your materials quickly.  We also want to encourage our patrons to use our Curbside Pickup as an option.

  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) must enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.  Hand sanitizing stations are set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.

General Public Hours:  12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun

Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of Coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).  The library will be closed from 10 am to 12 pm daily.

Curbside Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday/Sunday

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Update 1/31/2021

The library continues to be open to the public and we are here to help in any way that we can.  There are limits on the number of people in the library so please select your materials quickly.  We also want to encourage our patrons to use our Curbside Pickup as an option.

  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) must enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.  Hand sanitizing stations are set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.

General Public Hours:  12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun

Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of Coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).  The library will be closed from 10 am to 12 pm daily.

Curbside Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday/Sunday

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Update 11/18/2020

Beginning Friday, November 20, 2020, there will be limits on the number of people in the library.  Also, during this time, we encourage our patrons to use our Curbside pickup as an option.

  • Reminder:  All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) must enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.  Hand sanitizing stations are set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.

General Public Hours:  12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun

Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of Coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).  The library will be closed from 10 am to 12 pm daily.

Curbside Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday/Sunday

Patrons are still able to:

  • Quickly browse the shelves
  • Checkout materials
  • Return materials (outside drops only)
  • Pick up holds

There is not:

  • Any seating for reading
  • Local History Room access
  • On-site programs or meetings.
  • Change given for copies, prints, and faxes.
  • No donations at this time

Please continue to utilize our eBooks and audiobooks, online resources, and more via our website.

The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following the guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.

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Update 9/29/2020

Since reopening our book returns, we have been quarantining items for several days to ensure that the items are COVID-free before we handle them and return them to our shelves for others to use. As many of you are aware, this means that items remain on your account for several days after you return them and it has also led to long wait times for items you’ve requested.

Now that all pre-COVID materials that were checked out have been returned, please pay attention to due dates for items checked out. Staff will be happy to print a check out a receipt for you at the time of check out. Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the time an item spends in quarantine. Returned materials will be back-dated to ensure no fines will be charged during those 4 days.

Please know that there will be limits on the number of people in the library and how you can use the library during Phase IV of Restore Illinois.

Again, patrons are able to:

  • Browse the shelves
  • Checkout materials
  • Return materials (outside drops only)
  • Pick up holds
  • Get a reference question answered, and
  • There will be limited computer access.

There is not:

  • Any seating for reading
  • Local History Room access
  • On-site programs or meetings.
  • Change given for copies, prints, and faxes.

Please continue to utilize our eBooks and audiobooks, online resources, and more via our website.

The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following the guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.

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We Are Open!!!

Walk-Through Reopening

In conjunction with Central Illinois moving to Phase 4 of COVID-19 reopening, the Library will begin a Walk-Through Reopening on July 8th.

  • We are excited to have our doors open again!
  • Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).  The library will be closed from 10 am to 12 pm daily.
  • General Public Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun
  • Curbside Hours: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday/Sunday
  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) are required to enter the building wearing masks covering the nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.
  • Patrons may enter the building to pick up holds, select materials, use the computers on a limited basis by appointment, copy, fax, and request notary services. We ask that patrons enter the building, find what they need, with limited time, as we are restricted to the number of people we are allowed to have in the building. Please limit the items you bring in to essentials.  No Food or Drink will be allowed in the building.
  • On July 1st, patrons will be able to place requests for interlibrary loan materials. Patrons will also begin receiving text & email notifications from the SHARE system. To utilize the curbside service, you must call ahead and schedule a pickup time.
  • All book drop locations are open.
  • We continue to offer virtual programming at this time.
  • The meeting room and study rooms remain unavailable.
  • We are unable to accept donations.

 

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.

 

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

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.

From cdc.gov