Browsing is back!

Paris Public Library is open for browsing and pickup. Visits should be brief – think “get it and go”.

main deskWhat will the library look like?
Hours – Monday 10-2, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday-Saturday 10-2. We hope to extend hours as staff capacity and safety measures permit.
Building Access – The main floor and children’s room will be open to the public. The rest of the building will remain closed during this phase.
   o Furniture has been rearranged or removed to accommodate social distancing.
   o Limited seating.
   o No meeting rooms or programs at this time.
Services – In-person services:
   o Only 2 public computers are available. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 217-463-3950. Limit one session (45 min. or less) per day, per person. No headphones will be provided. Social distancing means that one-on-one staff computer assistance will be minimal.
   o Printing, copies, laminating, and faxing – normal fees apply.
   o Newspapers are not available during this phase. Magazines may be checked out.
Check-Out – These options will be available for patrons including:
   o Curbside Pickup – Curbside service will continue to be available by calling 217-463-3950 in advance or requesting online through the SHARE catalog at Patrons will receive a notification when items are ready. They may call upon arrival to have materials delivered to their vehicle.
   o In-Person Pickup – Patrons may browse for and select books, audiobooks, DVDs, and magazines for check-out.
   o Requests for items may be placed in-person or by SHARE online catalog, phone, email, or Facebook Messenger. Be aware that delivery is slower than normal, due to system-wide quarantining of materials.
Returns – Please return all items before checking out new items. (In other words, please drop off the items you are returning when you arrive, before you start looking for new ones.)
   o Bookdrop is open 24/7.
   o A temporary inside book return is located by the main desk during library hours.
   o All returned items will be quarantined for four days before being checked-in. Late fees will not be charged.
Safety – The safety of visitors and staff is the highest priority. Reopening plans were developed with guidance/approval from the library board and Edgar County Health Department. 
   o Masks are required while in the library building.
   o Do not visit the library if you have any symptoms of illness – use curbside or online resources instead.
   o High-touch surfaces will be disinfected on a regular basis. Computer keyboards and mice will be cleaned between each use.
   o Should public health conditions deteriorate, public health agencies advise, or safety measures in the library warrant, the library will return to curbside service only.

Curbside Services continue as option

Rather not come in the library? Curbside service is still available.

Call 217-463-3950 while the library is open. At other times you may email, message us on Facebook, or go to your SHARE library account to request items.

Staff will call you when your pickup is ready. Call us when you park in library lot. If you don’t have a mobile phone, tell us that when we call you so we can make other arrangements to know when you arrive. Your items will be brought to your vehicle.

The dropbox is available for returns.  Items will be quarantined 4 days before being checked in so don’t worry if you don’t see them disappear from your online SHARE account for a while.

You may email a document to to be printed and picked up. Please include your name and phone number in the email so staff can contact you when it’s ready. 

If you need to send a fax or make copies, call us. We will come to your vehicle, pick up your papers, and return them after copying or faxing.