Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in town, the Library is returning to Curbside Services ONLY, effective immediately. There will be no in-library appointments available until further notice. We will continue to offer phone services and curbside delivery of library materials. Library staff will continue to offer faxing and and copying services, but patrons must remain outside. There will be no computer appointments available, either. We are returning to these preventive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to ensure that our patrons and staff are safe.
The library is currently experiencing some communication issues. Since around 1:00pm today, our phone line is down. We have been assured that Frontier is working to correct the problem.
Our Facebook page has not been working since Facebook updated it nearly two weeks ago. We have contacted Facebook support and are still awaiting a response. ***Our Facebook page is now working again***
We apologize for these large inconveniences. Please check our website for information regarding hours and policies. We will continue to pursue support on these incredibly crucial issues.
And, just as a reminder, the library will be closing early at 6:00pm this evening and opening late tomorrow at 11:00am due to a scheduled power outage so that Com Ed can perform maintenance on the transformer near the library. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.
On Thursday, July 23, the Library will close early at 6:00pm due to ComEd conducting electrical work in our area. On Friday, July 24, the Library will open late at 11:00am due to ComEd conducting electrical work in our area.
The Schmaling Memorial Public Library will re-open to the public by appointment on Monday, July 6. We are requiring appointments to be made for anyone entering the building in order to properly maintain social distancing within our tight stacks. Appointments for shelf-browsing and checkouts will be limited to 15 minutes with 5-minute intervals between appointments to allow staff time to wipe down surfaces. Appointments for computer usage will be strictly limited to a one-hour time limit per session per day and only one computer will be available for use at a time. Photocopies and faxing will also be available by appointment. We will continue to offer curbside delivery and/or home delivery (for the most vulnerable patrons) to anyone who does not wish to enter the building.
EVERYONE (over age 2) entering the building will be REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK THAT COVERS THE MOUTH AND NOSE and hand sanitizer will be provided at the door. For those who choose not to wear a mask or are medically unable to do so, the library staff will be happy to continue to bring your materials to you outside. This policy will be enforced diligently and staff will refuse entry to anyone not wearing a mask.
Anyone entering the building will be required to provide their name(s) and phone number(s) for contact tracing purposes. This information will not be shared with anyone and will only be used by library staff to contact you should we be informed that someone who had been in the library tested positive for COVID-19.
All returns should continue to be made in the dropbox. No returns will be accepted within the library building. Reusable book bags will also not be allowed within the library. Library staff will provide you with a bag(s) for your materials when you check out. Elevator usage will be limited to only those who need it.
These procedures are in place to keep all of our patrons and staff members safe. We thank you for your understanding and your diligence in helping us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
The Library’s service hours through the month of July are:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am -1:00pm
Appointment times start at 10:20am.