Library Service During COVID-19
Read on for more information about Library services during the pandemic.
- Curbside Pickup is available. Visit our Curbside Pickup page for more information on this service, including instructions for scheduling a pickup.
- The Library is open for limited service on the following days and times:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm-6pm.
- Tuesday, Thursday from 10am-1pm
- Please see our Stage 3 announcement and Reopening FAQ for more information about what services are available.
- Library staff are currently available by phone on the following days and times:
- Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm
- Saturday: 10am-5pm
- Our exterior book drops have officially reopened.
- Staff are also available via email. General inquiries should be directed to our reference desk. Take a look at our Contact page if you'd like to speak to a specific staff member.
- If you had materials checked out when the Library closed on March 13, you will not be charged overdue fines. Due dates for these items were extended through September 16.
- Library card expiration dates will be extended for residents of incorporated Lake Bluff. If you have a non-resident card that is expiring, please contact the reference desk to renew your card.
- All programs will be offered online only through at least the end of November. Take a look at our event calendar for a full list of our virtual programs.
- Meeting room bookings are cancelled indefinitely.
- Information about available services including temporary cards, the Seed Library, and digital services is posted below.
Updates will be shared on the Library website, Facebook, Instagram, the outgoing voice message on the Library phones, and through the Library eNewsletter. If you’d like to follow us on social media or sign up for our eNewsletter, more information is shared below.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you when the Library fully reopens.
We are pleased to announce that our Seed Library is now available online. For more information on this service, please visit the Seed Library page.
Temporary Library Cards
Want to access digital resources, but don't have a current Library card? We've got you covered! You can apply for a Temporary Card, which will be valid for online use through the duration of the current closure. Just complete the Temporary Card application and we'll get you set up. Questions about Temporary Cards or cards in general? Contact the Reference Desk and we'll be happy to help.
Get Social Media and Email Updates
We'll be posting updates, virtual programs, and other information on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We also have an email newsletter. When the Library is not experiencing unexpected temporary closings, we use the eNewsletter to send a monthly digest of programming and library news. We never share your email address with third parties. Sign up below.
All programming will be offered online only through at least the end of November. Registration is required for all Zoom programs, unless otherwise indicated. All registrants will receive an email confirmation that includes the link for the Zoom meeting. Take a look at our event calendar for a full list of our virtual programs.
Other COVID-19 Resources
- Lake Bluff Strong is a collaborative effort between several Lake Bluff organizations (including the Library!) and individuals in the community to share information about COVID-19 and available community resources and events during the shelter-in-place order.
- LBPL COVID-19 Resource Bookmark
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Illinois Department of Health
- Lake County Health Department
- Chicago Tribune - COVID-19 Coverage
Business and Economic Resources
- Resources for Businesses and Employers - Plan, prepare, and respond according to guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control
- US Small Business Administration - Low interest, long term disaster relief loans to keep businesses afloat
- Small Business Survival Guide for Northeastern Illinois - by Small Business Development Center of Illinois and College of Lake County
- COVID-19 and Applying for Unemployment FAQs - Available through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
Resources for Small Businesses
Resources from March 23, 2020 webinar with Congressman Brad Schneider.