Bartlett Public Library District's Response to COVID-19
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Library Use Guidelines
- Building capacity is at 25%.
- All visitors over the age of two are asked to wear a face covering while in the building.
- All patrons should follow social distancing guidelines and maintain 6 feet of space apart from others.
- Visits are encouraged to be 15 minutes or shorter; no extended stays.
- Returned items will be quaratined for a minimum of 7 days.
- Items will remain on a patron’s account during the seven day period.
- Once the quarantine is complete, staff will check in items.
- No fines will be added for the 7 day quaratine time.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
- Browsing collections
- Checking out items
- Use of 15-minute computers
- Printing, scanning, copying, and faxing
- Library card registration and renewal
- All programs will continue to be virtual
- Staff assistance with reference questions, reading recommendations, and more
- Inter-Library Loan requests
- Public Computers, except 15-minute computers
- Study and Conference Rooms
- Meeting Room and Teen Space
- Art Room and Family Play & Learn Area
- In-house puzzles
- Youth Services iPads
- In-person programming
- Donations are not being accepted, however, items are still available for purchase in the Perpetual Book Sales Area
October 22, 2020
Bartlett Library Updates Hours and Services Available to Public
On Monday, Oct. 19, the Bartlett Public Library District Board of Trustees voted in favor of reducing the Library’s hours in which it is open to the public. This will be re-evaluated at the January Board Meeting.
Temporary hours for Oct. 26, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021:
Monday – Thursday: 12 to 8 pm
Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 12 to 5 pm
Also, due to the state of Illinois’ resurgence mitigations going into effect for their region on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the Bartlett Public Library District has made various changes to services available to the public:
- Building capacity will go down to 25%
- Visits are encouraged to be 15 minutes or shorter; no extended stays.
- Study/Conference Rooms and Teen Room will be unavailable.
- Casual computers will be unavailable, but there will be three 15-minute computers available for quick tasks only.
These changes will be in effect for a minimum of 14 days, possibly longer due to mitigation requirements set out by the state. The Library will notify the public either way.
Even though hours and services are changing, the Library continues to ask that visitors wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
August 26, 2020
Bartlett Library to Extend Item Quarantine Time
Starting on August 31, 2020, the Bartlett Public Library District will be extending the time it quarantines items from three days to seven days. This includes the library’s own materials as well as any items coming in from other libraries.
Items will remain on a patron’s account during the seven day period. Once the quarantine is complete, staff will check in items. No fines will be added.
This change comes due to an updated recommendation from Battelle’s REALM Project’s research.
June 26, 2020
Bartlett Library to Resume Regular Operating Hours
Regular operating hours will resume at the Bartlett Public Library District starting on June 30. Library browsing, public computers and room reservations will be available for patrons, but it is unknown when in-person programming will resume.
There are some general safety guidelines that people are asked to follow:
- For everyone’s safety, do not enter the building if feeling unwell.
- Wear face coverings per the Governor’s directive.
- Maintain social distancing.
- Return materials to the designated return bins. (Staff won’t be accepting items by hand.)
The study and conference rooms are available for reservations beginning June 30, and may be utilized up to 50% capacity. For use of study and conference rooms, reservations are required. The Art Room will remain closed, and the Meeting Room is unavailable for use as it is housing the quarantined items.
Items returned to the library will continue to be quarantined before becoming available for others. This means that returned items will remain on a patron’s account for three additional days (based on Battelle’s REALM Project’s Phase 1 research) before library staff will check them in. Fines will not be applied for the quarantined time period.
If patrons grab an item while browsing but then are not interested in checking it out, they are encouraged to place those items on designated carts that staff will take and quarantine as well.
Every other computer station in the casual computing area and the computer lab will be available for public use. There will also be one 15-minute computer available for those that only need to perform quick tasks.
Inter-library loan (ILL) requests remain unavailable at this time, but are expected to resume soon. The library’s OCLC function on their catalog will be accessible when full ILL services resume.
The library’s normal service of providing physical library cards will resume on June 30, and patrons will no longer be able to sign up for an eCard. However, patrons may use their physical cards to continue accessing downloadable and streaming content.
There are two self-checkout stations available for patrons to use on the first floor, and one available in the Youth & Teen Services Department.
Donations for the Friends of the Library will be accepted beginning June 30.
Hand sanitizer bottles are located in various spots in the building for public use, and staff members will also continue to clean within the building regularly. The Bartlett Public Library District has put these measures in place for the safety of patrons and staff.
May 28, 2020
Bartlett Library to Open with Modifications
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved a plan to begin reopening the Bartlett Public Library District.
The plan outlined proposed stages for the building to reopen when the current stay at home order in Illinois is lifted. In each of those phases was a summary of what Library services would be available.
Starting on June 1 [Anticipated date is contingent upon the current stay at home order being lifted on May 30], the Library will begin Phase 1.
Phase 1 entails the training of Library staff on new safety procedures and making preparations for when the building will be open to the public. During this time, the public may return their Library materials to the book drop. This is the only method for which Library materials will be accepted at this time.
After the Library begins accepting returned materials, those items will be quarantined for one week once they have been dropped off. This time frame comes from reports such as “National Center for Preservation Technology and Training” and the “Journal of Hospital Infection,” which lay out how long the virus can live on various surfaces.
Since items are being quarantined, they will remain on a patron’s account throughout that time. Once a week has passed, materials will be checked in. Fines will not be applied.
Starting on June 8 [Anticipated date is contingent upon the current stay at home order being lifted on May 30], the Library will begin Phase 2.
Phase 2 entails the Library building being open to the public on a partial scale. Patrons will be able to place holds on items and then enter the building to pick them up during an adjusted operating schedule:
- Monday, Tuesday: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
With the Library being accessible to the public during these times, there will be safety guidelines for patrons to follow, such as:
- Patrons are asked to comply with the Governor’s directive to wear face coverings within the Library building.
- Use of the self-checkout machines will be required, so patrons will need to have their physical Library card in hand.
- Patrons will be required to maintain social distancing.
- Materials must continue to be returned to the drop box. If patrons are already going inside the building to pick up items, then they may utilize a specified bin within the building to make returns as well. Staff will not accept returned materials by hand.
- For the safety of the public and staff, patrons who don’t feel well are asked to not visit.
During Phase 2, the same guideline applies for quarantining returned materials. They will be quarantined for one week once they have been dropped off, remaining on a patron’s account throughout that time. The materials will be checked in after that, and fines will not be applied.
Once the Library’s Phase 2 begins, it is not known how long it will last. Contingent upon the Restore Illinois Plan, the Library will continue to reopen in phases.
For the time being, programs will continue to be offered via online platforms, BPLD patrons may sign up for eCards at www.bartlettlibrary.org, and physical donations will not be accepted.
To find out the latest updates, make sure to follow the Bartlett Public Library District on social media, sign up for their eNewsletter or check out their website.
April 27, 2020
Library Closure Extended and Other Updates
In light of the Governor's Executive Order that was announced on April 24, 2020, the Bartlett Public Library District must extend its closure through the end of May 2020. This date may change if the Governor updates the order.
The public does not need to worry about returning anything during this time as overdue fines are still not being applied to checked out items. The Library’s book drop remains closed until further notice.
BPLD patrons may sign up for an eCard to access the Library's online resources such as Libby, Hoopla, Freegal Music, Flipster and more. These are downloadable and streaming services that allow BPLD patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more. Click here to get an eCard: https://bit.ly/BPLDeCard.
There have been a few changes since the last BPLD update for its online programming:
- The Library has added an Online Movie Club where participants will watch a specific movie on their own and then discuss it via Zoom. Learn more about the first meeting here (Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7 p.m.): https://bit.ly/2VUtvpU
- The Tuesday Trivia program has been so popular that the Library has increased how many people can participate. The game will now allow up to 100 people at a time.
- The BookLite book discussion group has been a Facebook Group for a while, but now they have started participating in Zoom meetings as well.
- Submissions for a Creative Writing Contest are being accepted from April 22, 2020 - May 20, 2020. The contest is for grades 4-12 and entries have a 1,500 words maximum. Submit works here: email@example.com.
To see all of the Library’s online programs going on during this time, click here: https://bit.ly/bpld-online-programs.
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April 14, 2020
On Monday, April 13, 2020, the Bartlett Public Library District joined in a video conference call with the Village of Bartlett and the Bartlett Park District to discuss questions from the public concerning the various closures of buildings and parks in the community. If you weren't able to attend, you may view the video here: https://bit.ly/Bartlett-Meeting-4-13
April 7, 2020
Offering Online Library Programs While Building Remains Closed
While the building remains closed at least through the end of April, the staff at the Bartlett Public Library District are getting creative with program offerings via online platforms.
Here is a current schedule of online programs:
- Sundays at 2:00 p.m.: Sing-Along Video (View these on the Library’s Facebook page.)
- Mondays at 9:00 a.m.: Babies & Tots Storytime Video (View these on the Library’s Facebook page.)
- Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.: Trivia (Head to Facebook on these days about 15 minutes before 7:00 p.m. A link to sign up will appear then. Space is limited.)
- Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.: Storytime Video (View these on the Library’s Facebook page.) /li>
- Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.: Chess Tournaments (Go to this link to register [If typing, must typed exactly as shown here]: http://bit.ly/BPLDChess)
- Rather than meeting online at a specific time, the Library’s BookLite book talk is meeting virtually through a Facebook group. Members can discuss books together via this platform while it is not possible to meet together in person.
- Librarians also continue to work on readers’ advisory by giving reading recommendations and tech training through social media platforms and the Library’s email.
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March 27, 2020
Increasing Online Options at the Bartlett Public Library District
Since the Bartlett Public Library District has closed its doors as a preventative measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members have been hard at work to make sure more resources are available for patrons to access from their homes.
Below are the various changes to BPLD’s online services:
- BPLD patrons may sign up for an eCard to access the Library's online resources such as Libby, Hoopla, Freegal Music, Flipster and more. These are downloadable and streaming services that allow BPLD patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more. Here is the link that will bring patrons right to the sign-up page: https://bit.ly/BPLDeCard
- There is a Springtivities challenge available for patrons to participate in. Complete various tasks such as calling a friend, read a book and more to be entered into a drawing where two winners will receive a year-long subscription to Disney+.
- There has been a drastic increase in items available for checkout through Libby.
- The Library’s edition of Ancestry.com is now available for patrons to use from their homes; it used to only be accessible from inside the Library building.
- TumbleBooks has made its various online libraries available for free for BPLD patrons through at least August 31, 2020. This includes:
- TumbleBookLibrary (K-5)
- TumbleMath (K-5)
- TeenBookCloud (5-12)
- AudioBookCloud (Teen/Adult)
- RomanceBookCloud (Adult)
- Additional databases have been added to Worldbook to assist families with learning from home. These will be available through April 30.
- BPLD Librarians have started to host Storytimes on the Library’s social media sites. For all the videos, check the Facebook page.
- One of the book discussion groups, BookLite, is now a Facebook group. Members can discuss a common read together via this platform while it is not possible to meet together in person.
- Although the building is closed, the WiFi is still up and running, which can be accessed if patrons are near the Library.
- On the Library’s social media sites, the public can find a variety of activities to do while staying at home. This may include virtual tours of popular destinations, fun crafts for children and more.
- Staff members are giving reading recommendations on the Library’s social media platforms. Patrons are also encouraged to ask for recommendations through the platforms. A compiled list of all these posts can be found using #BPLDRecommends.
For the latest Library reopen date, check www.bartlettlibrary.org or check out the Library’s social media platforms. Patrons may also sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter for information. To sign up, head to the Library’s website, scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Subscribe to our eNewsletters.” From there, customizable options are available.
March 16, 2020
Bartlett Public Library District Closed Until Further Notice
The Bartlett Public Library District will be closed effective starting at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020, with a tentative opening date of March 31, 2020. It’s recommended that patrons check the Library’s website or social media sites for the latest Library news. Please note that this is not due to any COVID-19 cases, it is a preventative measure for the health and safety of patrons and staff members.
Here are important changes the public needs to be aware of:
Notices of any changes will be made to the public via press releases, social media postings or news posted to the website at www.bartlettlibrary.org. Patrons may also sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter for information. To sign up, head to the Library’s website, scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Subscribe to our eNewsletters.” From there, customizable options are available.
It is also important to keep in mind that patrons don’t have to leave homes in order to take advantage of Library offerings. There are plenty of downloadable and streaming services that allow patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more.
The following is a list of downloadable and streaming services the Library provides to BPLD patrons:
Browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines to which the Library subscribes. Magazines can be downloaded to Android phones and tablets, Apple phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.
Freegal Music is a downloadable music service. All you need is your Library Card number and PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more on your smartphone, tablet and computer. Use your Library Card number and PIN to set up a Hoopla account. BPLD patrons can stream or download up to five items per month.
Libby hosts an eMedia collection featuring downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks. All you need is your Library Card number and PIN. eBooks and eAudiobooks can be downloaded to your computer or smart device.
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book, which you can read, or have read to you.
March 12, 2020
Bartlett Public Library District Takes Precautions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The Bartlett Public Library District remains open to the public and has taken various response measures to preventing COVID-19. As of today, March 12, 2020, the library has enacted the following changes through March 31:
- A Pandemic Response Policy & Procedure is being worked on, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the March 16, 2020 Board Meeting.
- Programs taking place between March 12-31 are cancelled. Staff members will try rebooking programs for later dates if possible. Patrons signed up for programs requiring registration are being notified. Programming is scheduled to resume April 1, 2020, however the public will be notified if that date changes.
- Safety gloves are made available to staff members for use while handling materials.
- Only one person may use the Study Rooms and Conference Rooms at a time.
- There will be no usage of the Meeting Room for outside groups, aside from the election held on March 17, 2020.
- The Casual Computing Area and Computer Lab will have computers available at every other station.
- There will be no access to the Art Room nor the Teen Space.
- Toys in the Youth & Teen Services Department will be put away.
- Signs have been placed throughout the building encouraging best health practices such as washing hands thoroughly, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, the importance of cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces, avoiding touching the face and avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Staff members have increased their surface cleanings to multiple times a day, especially with door handles and railings. They’re also wiping down counters, work stations and computer stations.
- Once again, these changes go into effect through March 31, but the Bartlett Public Library District will keep the public notified of any changes via press releases, signage, social media postings or the website.
- The changes have been put into place to practice social distancing (reducing contact from person to person or among groups), which is a method that has been recommended by a variety of health experts on trying to control the spread of COVID-19.
- The public has been advised by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay home if sick. The Bartlett Public Library District serves a community of all age groups, so it is also advisable for those who are sick to stay out of the library in order to not spread illnesses to other visitors. If patrons are unable to return items due to illness, they may call the Circulation Desk at 630.837.2958 to hear about accommodations.
- The Bartlett Public Library District will also be attending an upcoming meeting with nearby municipalities, villages and townships to discuss what each organization has in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- In the event that COVID-19 is present in the Bartlett Public Library District, Library Director Karolyn Nance will contact the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and the CDC. Actions will be taken from there and the public will be notified.
- It is also important to keep in mind that patrons don’t have to leave their homes in order to take advantage of library offerings. There are plenty of downloadable and streaming services that allow patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more. These services include Libby, Freegal Music, Flipster, Tumblebooks, etc. Check the Bartlett Public Library District’s website for a full list of resources.
- The election on March 17, 2020 and the Board Meeting on March 16, 2020 will still be held. The election will be in the Meeting Room; the Board Meeting will be in the Staff Conference Room.
- If there are any questions for the library, call 630.837.2855 or visit www.bartlettlibrary.org.
For more information on COVID-19, these resources are available:
DuPage County Health Department: https://www.dupagehealth.org///
Cook County Health Department: https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org//
Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/