UPDATE ON LIBRARY SERVICES
May 1, 2020
The Avon Lake Public Library Board of Trustees and staff would like to thank you for your patience while our building has been closed to comply with the State of Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order. On April 27, Governor DeWine laid out a plan for businesses and organizations to reopen. On April 28, the Library Board of Trustees approved a plan to phase back services while continuing to ensure the health and safety of both our patrons and staff.
CURBSIDE HOLD PICKUP - PLACE HOLD. PARK. PICKUP.
Beginning Tuesday, May 12, the Library will start curbside hold pickup. At this time, curbside hold pickup is the only service available. Our building will remain closed to the public at this time.
You can place a hold in a variety of ways:
- through the online catalog
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- or calling 440.933.8128
- **for children's material bundles email at email@example.com or call 440.933.8917
A library staff member will call you when your hold is ready. Please allow one (1) business day for available holds to be processed. Curbside hold pickup will operate during the following hours:
- Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
To pick up your holds, park in one of the marked curbside pickup spaces in front of the building, call the Library* and provide your name and parking spot number. A library staff member will bring out your holds and, after verifying your identity, place them in the trunk of your vehicle. *If you do not have a cell phone, simply call before leaving home and provide an estimated time of arrival.
All items must be returned to the outside, drive-up book drop. Returned items will be quarantined for four (4) days before being placed back into circulation. NOTE: Returned items will remain on your account for the quarantine period and backdated when discharged.
Oversized Items: If you have an item that needs to be returned, but is too large to fit into the drop (such as musical instruments, equipment, kits, etc.) you will need to call ahead or make an appointment for their return. Call 440.933.8128 to make arrangements.
Curbside hold pickup is the first phase in the plan to restore services. The next phase will be a gradual reopening of the entire building. The timeline for this phase will occur in accordance with state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of both patrons and staff.
We hope to see you soon!
COVID-19 UPDATES & DIGITAL LIBRARY
Based on the extension of the stay-at-home advisory from Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton and the federal government guidelines, the Avon Lake Public Library will remain temporarily closed. We hope to reopen to the public on Monday, May 4, 2020.
The good news is that our digital library continues to run well, and is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at https://alpl.org/digital-media/. E-books, school-support materials, research and reference materials, current magazines and more are available free from our website, and you can even sign up for a card right online.
Here are some highlights:
- Enjoy (online) Story Time: https://alpl.org/do-you-miss-story-time/
- Learn something new https://www.ohioweblibrary.org/sources/
- Explore Local History: http://clevelandmemory.org/avonlake/
- Search our online resources: https://alpl.org/online-resources/
- Science at home: https://alpl.org/science-at-home
We will extend the due date for all library materials, as well as holds on items, to Monday, May 11, 2020. All items are fine free. For the safety of our staff and the capacity of our book deposit bins, we ask that you do not return books, DVDs or other materials until the Library reopens. The Library staff continue to work behind the scenes to maintain the digital collections and services, as well as sharing content on the Library’s Facebook page.
Additionally, we continue to monitor the situation and work with public health officials to determine any action the Library needs to take and respond accordingly. Our goal continues to be serving the public while doing our part to keep everyone healthy and safe.
We look forward to seeing you again soon. If you have any questions in the meantime you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until we can see you in the Library, we will see you online!
For updates and accurate information on the coronavirus outbreak, visit these sites:
- Lorain County Health Department:https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus
- Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
- Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
- City of Avon Lake: https://www.avonlake.org/
- Avon Lake City Schools: https://www.avonlakecityschools.org/