SJCPL Expands Services and Begins Curbside Pick Up
Curbside pick-up is expanding to LaSalle, Western, German, Tutt, and Lakeville Branches! Curbside pick-up will be available at all library locations beginning Monday, June 8.
The St. Joseph County Public Library will begin curbside pick up of materials on Monday, May 11. This service will be offered at five library branches: Francis, Centre Township, River Park, Keller Park, and North Liberty. For the first time since the Library closed its doors on March 16, patrons will be able to pick up physical library materials, including books and dvds. This represents the initial stage of the gradual resumption of library services to increase access to the community.
Library Curbside Pick-Up is easy to use. A patron can place a hold on an item by phone (574-282-4646), email (email@example.com), or online using the library’s catalog (sjcpl.org). Within 3 days, the patron will be notified that their hold is ready for pick up at the location of their choice. Curbside Pick-Up will be available Monday-Saturday, 2pm-6pm. For more details and information, visit sjcpl.org/curbside.
To protect the health and wellbeing of the public and library staff, stringent safety procedures are being followed. These measures apply to library staff working in the buildings as well as to interactions between the public and staff.
Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before becoming available for check out.
Staff are required to wear SJCPL-provided, CDC-compliant face masks while on duty.
SJCPL requires social distancing of at least 6 feet between staff and the public.
The number of staff working in a branch at any given time has been reduced and workstations are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
Staff will follow CDC guidelines while assembling materials for public pick up. They will wear gloves to bring materials outside.
Disinfectant wipes and sprays, and hand sanitizer, are located prominently throughout the branch.
High-touch areas and materials are disinfected routinely.
The St. Joseph County Public Library has been closed due to COVID-19 for 8 weeks. During this time, the public library has remained busy. Within a week of closing, SJCPL began offering virtual programming, increased lending limits on digital materials, and digital library cards--over 760 new people have signed up. Instead of in person interactions, library staff found innovative ways to reach out to the community.
The Library has also begun to offer virtual reference desk appointments. Librarians are available by phone to help individuals fill out government forms, like unemployment, SNAP, TANF, and HIP. This service helps individuals without access to the internet or appropriate technology get the one-on-one assistance they need. Appointments can be made by calling 574-282-4646. Librarians are available to assist you Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm. Visit sjcpl.org for more information.
Debra Futa, SJCPL's Executive Director, says "As we begin phasing our in-person services, we’ll keep two goals in mind. Our first priority is to Make it Safe for everyone, followed closely by Make it Easy. Once we’ve had a few weeks with this new service model, we’re sure we can find ways to streamline it for our patrons. We can’t wait to be back."
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Access our large collection of digital resources (eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and magazines). You can learn about local history on Michiana Memory or trace your family tree with Ancestry.com. Take an online course, read the news, learn a new language, or dig into a database. We are adding new resources all the time, like Tutor.com, and Creativebug.
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Need help with technology questions, filling out government forms, or finding resources? Librarians are available to chat one-on-one Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm by calling 574-282-4646.
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