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Plans to Resume Library Operations

Posted: May 27, 2020

By: GEPL Staff

The Glen Ellyn Public Library is currently working to resume as many of our services as are safely possible. If you have any questions, please contact the library.

Drive-Up Window

The drive-up window is open Monday through Friday from 10 am – 6 pm for members who have been notified that their items are ready to be picked up only.

Placing Holds on GEPL Materials

We are currently working to fill hold requests, including requests placed prior to our closing in March. If you are a Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholder, you may place holds on up to five (5) items owned by the Glen Ellyn Public Library. We will use the email or phone number on your account to notify you when the requested items are ready to be picked up at the drive-up window. To ensure that you receive notifications, please verify the email address on your account.

Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders can search the catalog and place holds on up to five items that are “On Shelf At Glen Ellyn Public Library.” If an item has “All Copies In Use” you can still place a hold, but it may take a little longer. Gizmos and Play Packs are not currently available for checkout. You may also place holds by contacting the library.

Expedited Returns

Staff are available in the library parking lot Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm to accept returns from your vehicle. Returns will not be accepted at the drive-up window or in the drive-up book drop. You can return items to the external book drop near the parking lot exit any time. Returns will be stored in PODS for seven days before they are checked in.

Due Dates

The due dates for physical materials that are currently checked out have been extended until June 3, 2020. These items will auto renew up to five times, depending on whether they have already been renewed. If you have already returned items, they are being checked in and your account will soon be updated to reflect that the items have been returned.

Items checked out after May 19 have a loan period of four weeks, regardless of material type, and will renew up to five times.

Cafe Curbside Service

The Cafe is offering curbside service in the library parking lot. Please check The Cafe page for more details.

Safe Handling of Library Materials

Library staff wear masks and practice current CDC hand washing guidelines when handling library materials.

We note the date and time materials were last handled on items picked up at the drive-up window.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, 2020 showed that COVID-19 will persist on cardboard surfaces for 24 hours and on plastics like Mylar-covered books, CDs, and DVDs for up to 72 hours.

Time is the best disinfectant.