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Temporary Building Closure

UPDATE #5 (6/1/2020):

Get ready for curbside pickup! We're still working out a few of the logistics and will share all of the details next week, but in the meantime please update your hold requests. Anything you don’t need anymore? Anything new you want to request? We will start filling your requests next week so make sure your list is up to date! 

And visit our curbside pickup page for all the latest information.

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UPDATE #4 (5/27/2020):

Curbside pickup is coming soon! We're working to finalize our plans and prepare our staff and collections so that we can provide safe service. I'll post another update in the next few days with more information.

In the meantime, though our building remains closed until further notice, you can still enjoy the library at home. We have many online events and activities, and helpful resources during this time of physical distancing. Due dates have been extended again, so please continue to enjoy your checked out items at home. And remember that we no longer charge overdue fines on anything!

Please use the chat box in the lower right corner of our website to keep in touch. Our staff are still available to assist you.

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UPDATE #3 (4/24/2020):

The Stay-at-Home order will be extended through May 30. In order to support the effort to keep everyone safe, the library building will now be closed and the bookmobile will not make stops until June 1.

I know this news is difficult to hear. We miss seeing you in person and we look forward to being with you again. But we're still very busy connecting you with library items, events, and services online. I wrote a letter in the latest issue of our newsletter that explains a bit more about what we're working on during this unprecedented time. 

We may be physically distant, but we're still here for you!

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UPDATE #2 (3/31/2020):

The Governor has extended the Stay-at-Home order, so the library building will remain closed through May 3. 

Please keep enjoying your checked out materials at home. Due dates will once again be pushed back until after we are able to reopen the building. 

We've canceled all in-person events for April, but we're bringing you lots of online events and activities so that you can continue to connect with the library at home.

Please use the chat box in the lower right corner of our website to keep in touch. Our staff are still available to assist you.

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UPDATE #1 (3/23/2020):

With Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home order, we will keep our building closed through April 7. Many of our collections and services are still available online. Please continue to enjoy the library at home.

We'll extend all due dates until after we've reopened. No need to bring anything back!

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Skokie Public Library will close temporarily, starting Saturday, March 14. This decision follows our ongoing conversations with local health officials and the announcement that Skokie public schools will be closed through March 29. Our bookmobile will also be closed and off the road.

As of today, we plan to reopen on Monday, March 30. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available.

Closing the library is an extraordinarily difficult decision that we have made only because of these extraordinary circumstances. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our first priority. Early actions to increase social distancing are the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. We feel that closing the library is the best way to protect the health of our community at this time. While we are closed, we will carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

We will stop charging all overdue fines, waive all existing overdue fines, and extend due dates on all currently checked out materials until April 1. Don’t return anything while we are closed. Just stay home and enjoy!

You can also continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; streaming movies and TV shows; streaming music; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; taking online classes; and much more. Browse our website for information about checking out online materials and resources

Stay connected with us on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time.

There are lots of ways to use the library from home! And if you don't have a library card yet, we can email one to you

We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.