Library Services During the Pandemic
Current Status: Limited Public Hours Beginning 2/8, Curbside Pickup Continues
Limited public hours will resume on February 8. Public hours will be available from 2-6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and Curbside Pickup will continue to be offered from 1-6pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays and from 1-5pm on Saturdays. Read more about this change on our official announcement or keep scrolling for a more detailed list of services that will be available in that service model. We also have a COVID FAQ page with answers to commonly asked questions about our services, COVID response, and related information.
- Curbside Pickup - Curbside Pickup is available by appointment only. Reserve your materials, book an appointment, and we'll have them waiting for you to pickup in the lobby of the Library during the designated hours. A mask is required to enter the building. Curbside Pickup hours are as follows:
- Tuesday, Thursday: 1-6pm
- Saturday: 1-5pm
- Public Hours (beginning 2/8) - The Library will be open for limited public hours beginning February 8. Browsing, checkout, computer access, printing, copying, and more will all be available. A mask is required to enter the building. Public hours are as follows:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 2-6pm
- Document Services - Drop-off Document Services for copying, printing, faxing, and scanning are available during Curbside Pickup hours. Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning will also be available during public hours.
- Phone Assistance - Library staff are currently available by phone on the following days and times:
- Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm
- Saturday: 10am-5pm
- Exterior Book Drops - Exterior book drops are open and accepting returns 24/7.
- Assistance by Email - 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 contact a specific staff member.
- Notary Services - Notaries are available during some public hours—we recommend calling ahead to check. You will be asked to briefly lower your mask to confirm identity.
- Virtual Programs - Virtual programming will continue as scheduled on Zoom. Take a look at our event calendar for a full list of our virtual programs.
- Online Library Card Applications and Renewals - If you don't have a Library card, you can apply for one online. We are also offering temporary extensions on expiration date for 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. You can also apply for a card in person during public hours.
- Digital Resources - We have a wide variety of research and homework help databases available online for cardholders, as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines.
- Take Ten - Not sure what to read next? Fill out a Take Ten request about what kind of materials you like and we'll pull 10 items for you to pick up.
This list was last updated on February 5, 2021.
One quick note: You can also check out our COVID FAQ page for some answers to commonly asked questions about our COVID response and service plans.
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.
Stay Up to Date
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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.