Covid-19 Response

Coronavirus and Your Library

August 2020 – A letter to Elmhurst residents about building usage, reservation system, and school support from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director.

June 2020 –  A letter to Elmhurst residents about reopening the Library building to the public on Monday, June 15 from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director.

May 2020 – A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding plans for a phased reopening from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director.

April 2020A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding the extension of the Library building’s closure and expanded virtual services from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director, and the Library’s Board of Trustees.

March 2020A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding the decision to close the Library and information about the drive-up window from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director, and the Library’s Board of Trustees.

The Library takes community health seriously. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) news and taking into consideration the latest recommendations from public health experts.

Visiting the Library

We are happy to welcome back our patrons and provide direct access to the collections. Walk-ins are now accepted. However, to guarantee your entry you may continue to usour reservation system. Masks are required for the duration of your stay. Get more details.

Returning Materials

The Library is accepting Returns! We will accept returns until we reach daily capacity.
  • Returns are only accepted at the east entrance of the Library (parking lot side).
  • Drive-up book drops are closed.
  • Items are quarantined for 7 days and stay on patron records while in quarantine.

Online Library Card Application

Elmhurst residents can sign up for a temporary digital-only account. Physical cards will be made available after the Library reopens.

In-Person Programs and Meetings Canceled

As a preventative measure, all in-person Library programs and Meeting Room reservations are canceled until further notice. 

Check out EPL @ Home, and enjoy Library programs from the comfort of your home. Virtual programming information can be found on our program calendar. 

Study Rooms Now Available!

Reserve your 2nd Floor Study Room now!
Note: Kids’ Library Study Rooms are unavailable at this time.  

Digital Loan Rules: What’s Changed

Enjoy expanded access to digital materials. Check out the updated digital loan rules here.

Online Services

Since social distancing is recommended, we’d like to remind the Elmhurst community that there are many Library services you can use from home with your Library card. Here are just a few:

Account Services:

Phone, chat and email now available:

The Makery

Schedule your visit. Drop-in visits to the Makery are not possible at this time due to capacity limits. We are accepting 3D print requests.

As an alternative, consider bringing the Makery home with you with our new Makery-inspired Library of Extraordinary Things collection! We are accepting 3D print requests.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Library has looked for ways to support the community. During the Spring 2020 PPE shortage, Makery staff used 3D printers to help supply local medical professionals at Elmhurst Hospital, Park Place, and Artis Senior Living with PPE items. We used the National Institute of Health approved 3D printed face shield design since it is compatible with our equipment.

Updates

If you are interested in Library-related news, please sign up for our weekly eNewsletter.

We recommend getting health updates from the following agencies:

World Health Organization: WHO
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC
Illinois Department of Public Health: IDPH
DuPage County Health Department
City of Elmhurst

For local community updates, sign up for Elmhurst Emergency Alerts.

We will continue to make announcements on this page as needed. 

Thank you for your understanding and be well. 

 

Updated October 22, 2020