Your Library & the Coronavirus

COVID-19-Card

The library building is now open to all as part of Phase 4 of the library’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Computers and study rooms are first come, first served at a limit of one person per computer/study room with a two hour time limit. One person is allowed per study table; please no tutoring. Due to space constraints and limiting building capacity, please be respectful and limit your time in the library building. No appointments are necessary. Anyone can now enter the library building. Please wear a face covering inside the library. No games or toys will be available during this phase of the reopening plan.

Grab n’ Go, formerly known as Curbside Pickup, will continue. Patrons from other libraries who have registered their home library card at OPPL are welcome to use Grab n’ Go service. Book drops are open, and items are being quarantined for seven days. All return dates will be backdated three days and fines that accrued during the quarantine period will be removed. Patrons with items checked out with a due date of June 1 or before will accrue no fines when materials are returned. If you need help with accessing any charge, please call the library at 708-428-5100.

Based on new results published today by the REALM Study, we’ll be quarantining all returned materials for seven (7) days. For more information about handling library materials see the American Library Association’s resource here.

Please note that materials will still show on your account during the 7 day quarantine. No late fees will accrue during this time. Hold requests will take longer to fill. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Overdue notices do go out after 3 and 6 days of a material being overdue. We know these can be alarming, but we will backdate all returned material 7 days. So, if you return your materials on time, you will not be charged a late fee.

Library hours have returned to normal and are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grab n’ Go, formerly known as Curbside Pickup, is available between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Please submit this form to tell library staff you would like to use Grab n’ Go service.

 

 

Phased Opening

Please see the library’s Reopening Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The library is currently in Phase Four of a five phase reopening process.

Phase One

  • Library building closed
  • All staff able to work from home do so
  • eBooks and library services offered virtually

Phase Two

  • Library building closed
  • Curbside pickup offered
  • Library storytimes, book discussions, and other programming offered virtually

Phase Three

  • Library building open for browsing and computer use by appointment to Orland Park residents only
  • Curbside Pickup offered
  • Library programming offered virtually

Phase Four

  • Less limited Walk-In Service
  • Grab n’ Go, formerly known as Curbside Pickup, offered
  • Library programming offered virtually
  • Patrons will adhere to Phase 3’s restrictions but will be allowed to remain in the building for extended periods of time under the following conditions:
    • Limited seats will be available to the public
    • Toys, puppets, and certain activity kiosks will be unavailable to the children
    • One individual per table, but if tables are aligned closely, every other table may be occupied
    • One person to a Study Room for a limit of two hours. OPPL residents have priority per policy
    • Orland Park cardholders may use the computers for two hours. Non-residents will return to the existing policy of one hour limit with a cost of $3
    • Newspaper will be available to patrons with a sign stating the library cannot guarantee no risk of COVID exposure. Use at your own risk. Gloves are made available for patrons as they read the paper in the area close to the newspaper shelves

Phase Five

  • Gradually phase out appointment process
  • Grab n’ Go, formerly known as Curbside Pickup, offered
  • Library programming begins to be offered in person

Programs Canceled

All in-person library programs and events have been postponed or canceled until further notice. However, the library is offering online programs, book discussions, storytime kits, and storytimes. Please check the library calendar for more details.

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eBooks and Digital Items

Digital Items can still be checked out here with your library card number.

Book Drops

Book drops are now open as of Monday, May 11.

Stay Safe

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Your Library FAQ (frequently asked questions) 

Since the library building closed on Monday, March 16, the library has answered questions on these topics and more. Need to know something not answered here? Email AskOPPL@orlandparklibrary.org.

Should I return my materials now?

Book drops are open, and you can return your materials now. All due dates on items due between March 16 and May 31 have been moved to June 1.

Will I be fined if I do not return my books?

Call the library at 708-428-5100 if you see fines on your library account.

What’s happening with my holds?

The ability to place holds has resumed. Please place holds as needed, and then call the library or visit the holds form here to arrange for Grab n’ Go of holds.

Can I get a library card online?

Yes, you can go to this link (https://catalog.orlandparklibrary.org/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx?ctx=3.1033.0.0.1) and pre-register for a library card. We will contact you about the next steps, so you can use the library’s online resources and ebooks while the library is closed.

Can I drop off book donations?

The Friends will begin accepting donations of materials on September 1. Hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and CDs are accepted but must be gently-used and in condition for resale. Donations of cassette tapes, VHS, textbooks, magazines and encyclopedia sets are not accepted.
Donations can be dropped off at the Welcome Desk in the library lobby.

Can I make an inter-library loan request?

We will not be able to fill any inter-library loan requests while the library is closed. We will let you know if that changes.

Is the library making Outreach visits?

As of May 20, the library has resumed deliveries of materials to homebound patrons with new precautions. Contact Sarah Kleiva at 708-428-5114 to learn if you qualify for homebound deliveries.

Can I access online learning resources?

Yes. Most online resources available with your library card are available from home. The library will be sharing on social media additional resources that do not require a library card.

I don’t know what my PIN was, do you?

All library cards start with an original four digit PIN number. If you have not changed your PIN, then it is still the last four numbers of the phone number you gave the library when you registered for a library card.

Can I make a meeting room reservation?

At this time the library is not accepting meeting room reservations. Please check back later.