UPDATE ON LIBRARY SERVICES

September 30, 2020 | THE LIBRARY IS OPEN!

YES! We are open for checkout, walkthrough browsing*, and limited services.

Click here for a list of available services.

As part of our COVID-19 Patron Health Guidelines face coverings will be required to enter the Library and there will be a limit on the number of patrons at any given time. We ask patrons that are not feeling well to please visit us another day.

Individuals with concerns about masks are encouraged to utilize our curbside service, which will continue to be available during this time. We will also have hand sanitizer stations for public use throughout the building, along with additional signage and measures to ensure social distancing. Returned material will be placed in quarantine prior to being discharged. 

*Walkthrough browsing means you can briefly browse our collection to find your favorite books, magazines, games, and DVDs. However, some services are not available:

Temporarily Suspended Services: 

  • DiscoveryWorks and the Children’s Play Area are closed
  • Meeting and study rooms are unavailable
  • Donations are not being accepted
  • Newspapers are unavailable 

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July 10, 2020

LIBRARY REOPENING POSTPONED: Based on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and the recent change in Lorain County’s risk level designation, the Library has postponed our tentative reopening that was set for Monday, July 13 until the risk level is lowered. We will continue to offer curbside hold pickup.

Moving forward, we will adjust library services based on Lorain County’s risk level designation as follows:

  • Levels 1-3: Open to the public for walkthrough browsing
  • Level 4: Curbside service only; building closed

We will continue to monitor directives from the Governor’s Office and County Health Department in order to make adjustments. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate through this uncertain time.

We still proudly offer virtual summer programming, curbside pickup, take-home craft kids for children ages 2-12 years of age, our summer reading program, reference help, and more.

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June 26, 2020

We are happy to announce the first phase of our TENTATIVE reopening on Monday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m. for checkout and walkthrough browsing. As part of our COVID-19 Patron Health Guidelines face coverings will be required to enter the Library and there will be a limit of 50 patrons at any given time. We ask patrons that aren’t feeling well to please visit us another day.

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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

Please do not come to the Library until you receive notification (text, email, or phone call) saying your hold is available.  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:

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 - 8 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.

RETURNING ITEMS

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. 

MOVING FORWARD

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!

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COVID-19 UPDATES & DIGITAL LIBRARY

Updated 04/06/2020

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:

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 info@avonlake.lib.oh.us. 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: