COVID-19 Library Information
Requirements | Library Spaces | Limited Services Offered | Computer Use | Virtual and "Take and Make" Library Programs | Unavailable Services | Returns & Book Drop | Online Card Registration | FAQ | Vaccine Information
Library Building Open for Limited Services
The library building is open with limited services available. We are open our normal business hours:
- Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday: closed (through Labor Day)
We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the state's Restore Illinois plan. Please check the FAQ: COVID-19 Library Information for commonly asked questions. If you need further help, please contact us.
The State of Illinois has moved in to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, so the Library has updated our building rules accordingly:
- If you are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required in the Library.
- If you are not vaccinated, masks are strongly recommended. If you do not have a mask, one is available upon request.
- Special mask rules may apply for programming; please see the program description or contact the Library for more details.
- As a reminder, some patrons and staff will choose to continue wearing masks for various reasons. We as that everyone show grace and understanding to each individual.
- The Bloomingdale Public Library and the Village of Bloomingdale will continue to require that all visitors over the age of two must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The mask requirement will end when Illinois moves to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The Governor has provided the following initial guidance on Phase 5: “Illinois is expected to fully reopen and enter Phase 5 of its COVID reopening plan on June 11, barring any significant reversals in our key COVID-19 statewide indicators." (Required under the Illinois Department of Public Health's Emergency Rules)
- Capacity limits have been removed.
- Short visits are encouraged, but there are no time restrictions for Library or computer lab visits.
- Social Distancing is recommended by not required.
- Hand sanitizers remain available throughout the library.
Library Spaces - Rules and Restrictions
When you visit us, the library will look a little different. Here’s what you can expect:
- Tables, chairs, and seating areas will be returned throughout the library as time allows.
- Furniture and tables have been removed or spaced out to help maintain social distancing. Limited seating is available, but short visits are encouraged.
- Signs have been placed on the floor to maintain social distancing at service desks.
- Signs have been placed on the floor for one-way usage of the library aisles/shelving areas.
- Elevators are limited to one person/family at a time.
- Toys in the play area remain unavailable at this time.
- Select computers will not be available to help maintain social distancing.
- The computer lab is open with no time or seating limit.
- Meeting rooms remain closed for public use through June 30, 2021.
Limited Services Offered
At this time, we will be offering the following limited services:
- Check outs and holds
- Library card registration
- Reference help and Reader’s Advisory
- Computer Lab and laptops
- Copying, scanning, and printing
- Notary services
- Outdoor Wi-Fi on Library grounds from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops may also be checked out at the Reference Desk and can be used throughout the library. Laptops require a picture ID to use and they must be returned before the library closes each day.
Group Study Room
The Group Study Room is opening April 1, 2021. To reserve the Group Study Room, visit the Adult Reference Desk or call 630-924-2730.
- Face coverings/masks must be worn at all times when using the Group Study Room.
- Group Study Room can be booked up to 1 week in advance.
- Advanced reservations can be booked for 2 hours max per day.
- Patron/group can use the room 2 hours max per day.
- The room will be emptied for a minimum of 30 minutes between use.
- Max of 4 people in the room.
- Room held for 15 minutes for reservations.
- Open to patrons in high school and older.
- All patrons can use the room (not restricted to Bloomingdale cardholders).
- If there are no advanced registrations, room is available on a first come, first served basis.
Enjoy the Library from Home
These services are currently available and will continue to be offered:
Virtual Programs, Take and Make Programs
The library is expanding our online programs for all age groups! You can view the full schedule of virtual library programs on our online calendar. Some programs require registration, which will be noted in the program description.
We’re also offering Take and Make craft kits for kids, teens, and adults. Pick up these kits at the library to make creative crafts at home!
Kid's Take It, Make It Craft Kits
Want to create a craft? Each week, staff will design new kid's craft kits for 24/7 pick up at our library craft container along Fairfield Way. Stop by anytime to take a kit to make at home!
Digital Library Services - Download eBooks, Movies, and More From Home
We have thousands of titles you can check out from home, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and databases. Check out our Home Access flyer for more information, or go directly to our eBooks & Downloads page or Databases page.
Ancestry Remote Access Extended
Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and Ancestry. Remote access will be available until September 30, 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. The extension of in-home access to the library's database is at the discretion of Ancestry and ProQuest.
Online Card Registration
Online Card Registration - Sign up for a digital library card to access all of our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more. You must be at least 13 years of age to register.
Curbside Service Final Day - Wednesday, July 1
When we reopened the library, we discontinued curbside service. The final day to pick up items via curbside was Wednesday, July 1. If you need accommodations because you're unable to enter the library, please call the Reference Desk at (630) 924-2730.
Our meeting rooms are closed through June 30, 2021. They are being used for overflow storage and staff areas to promote social distancing.
For the foreseeable future, the library is not accepting donations of items. Please don’t leave donations outside the library or in the book drop.
Requesting Items From Other Libraries - Hold Restrictions
Resource sharing/requesting items from other SWAN libraries started on Tuesday, July 7. If you can't place a hold, that library has not turned on resource sharing yet.
Every library in our consortium chooses when to turn on item sharing. While Bloomingdale has turned sharing back on, other libraries may not allow holds/transfers yet.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests opened on September 10, 2020. See our Interlibrary Loan page for more information.
If you would like to request an item for purchase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the item information, your name, and your library card number. We will forward your information to the selector, who will evaluate if the item can be purchased for the library.
COVID-19 Health Practices
It is important that all members of our community continue to be diligent about wearing a face covering, washing hands, and practicing social distancing.
Call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email email@example.com.
Get updates from the DuPage County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The DuPage County Ride DuPage COVID-19 Vaccination Transportation Program provides free rides for county residents to COVID-19 mass vaccination sites, doctor's offices, or pharmacies in DuPage County. No income qualifications or documentation are required to set up rides to vaccination sites. DuPage County residents who need a ride to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment should call 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412 for more information or to set up a ride. Calls must be made at least 24 hours in advance to schedule rides.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
DuPage County Vaccination Registration Form - By completing this registration form, you are agreeing to receive COVID-19 vaccine appointment notifications from the DuPage County Health Department or local healthcare partners. Registration allows the county to contact you with specific information when appointments are available.
Cook County Community Vaccination Program - To register for information and to receive an appointment when they are available, please visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 1-833-308-1988. You must live or work in Cook County to register.
United Center Vaccination Appointments
- To register online, visit zocdoc.com/vaccine. The web site is projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.
- To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. A multi-lingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment. This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the web site should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience lengthy wait times.
State of Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccination Locations - All vaccinations are by appointment only. Find vaccination locations on the map and get appointment information by following the listed links. Locations include pharmacies, healthcare providers, and additional vaccination sites.
State of Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Appointment Call Center - Call 833-621-1284 to reach the Vaccine Appointment Call Center. The call center is open seven days a week from 6 am to midnight. The call center has English and Spanish speaking call agents with the availability for translation into other languages.
Call agents will help individuals who do have access to online services navigate the various registration sites. However, if the individual does not have access to online services or is unable to navigate the site, the agent will make an appointment on their behalf. Individuals will need to provide the agent with their name, address, email (if available), mobile phone number, date of birth, and eligibility. The agent WILL NOT ask for any financial information and the call center WILL NOT share information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
During heavy calling periods, callers could experience wait times before speaking with a call agent. In the coming week, the call center will offer the option for callers to leave a message and be called back when an agent is available.
ILVaccine - Run by volunteers, ILVaccine allows you to search for vaccine appointments and check availability from local pharmacies, health offices, and other locations.