COVID-19 Closure Information
Please check our FAQ: COVID-19 Library Closure for commonly asked questions. If you need further help, please email us at email@example.com or text us via Ask a Librarian.
Digital Library Services - Access From Home
Digital library materials like eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and databases are available 24/7 through our website. Check our Home Access flyer and Remote Access update for more information, or go directly to our eBooks & Downloads page or Databases page.
May 26, 2020
Ancestry Remote Access Extended to June 30
Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of June 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.
May 18, 2020
Book Drop Open, Curbside Pickup Service Starts Wednesday, May 20
Book Drop: All materials can be returned via the outside book drop starting Monday, May 18. If the book drop is full, PLEASE do not leave materials outside the book drop or the building - the book drop will be emptied throughout the day, so please try again at a later time.
Please note that returned materials will remain on your account during a recommended quarantine period of at least 72 hours. Bloomingdale is a fines free library and there will be no fines assessed on items that become overdue during the quarantine period.
Curbside Service:We've been busy putting new procedures in place, training, and making sure we have all of the equipment we need to keep both patrons and staff safe, and and are now ready to open Curbside Pickup Service beginning Wednesday, May 20!
How Bloomingdale Public Library Curbside Service Will Work:
This is a pickup service only. All materials must be put on hold prior to pickup.
Once your hold is received, processed, and ready for pickup, you will be notified via phone or email. You’ll have 3 days to come to the library and pick up your items during curbside hours.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
When you arrive for pickup, please do the following:
- Put your car in park.
- Call Circulation at 630-924-2750 to let them know which of the 3 Curbside spots you are in.
- Open the trunk.
- Stay in your car.
Staff will bring your hold items out, place them in your trunk, close your trunk, and you can be on your way!
At this time, Curbside Service is currently limited to items owned by Bloomingdale Public Library. The service is currently available for Bloomingdale Public Library cardholders only. Please contact your home library for information regarding services they are offering or plan to offer in the future.
April 29, 2020
Stay at Home Order Extended, Virtual Library Programs, Holds Restricted to Home Library Only
Stay at Home Order:In accordance with the April 23rd announcement of Governor Pritzker's extension of the Stay at Home order, the library building will be closed until further notice. All in-person library programs and meeting room reservations are canceled through May 31, 2020. Find our latest updates on our website, Facebook page, or by signing up for our eNewsletters.
Hold Restrictions: Starting April 29, our library consortium has restricted holds to a patron’s home library only. If Bloomingdale Public Library doesn’t own a copy of the item you’re trying to request, this will cause a block when attempting to place a hold. The temporary block is in place so when local libraries are allowed to reopen, we’ll be able safely handle the backlog, work through new procedures for library items, and move towards a phased return to more traditional library services.
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 look into buying it for our library when we're allowed to order again.
April 17, 2020
New Digital Services - Kanopy Streaming Movies and TV, Zoom a Librarian: Virtual Appointments
Kanopy: Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries, and Kids favorites, partnering with studios like A24, the Criterion Collection, PBS, and more.
You can stream Kanopy on many devices using the mobile and tablet apps for Apple and Android. You can also use Kanopy on your computer and Smart TV apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick.
How to create an account:
- To get started, visit mybpl.kanopy.com and select the “Add Library Card” button on the lower left
- Enter your library card credentials
- Create an account using your preferred email. Kanopy will send a verification email, which you will need to confirm to complete your sign up.
- Begin streaming!
Zoom a Librarian: Need some help with our Library eBooks, streaming movies, databases, or other services? Set up a one-on-one Zoom appointment with us, and a librarian will teach you via video chat. To make an appointment, call us at 630-924-2730 and leave a voicemail or email us at email@example.com.
April 7, 2020
Extended Due Dates, Book Drop Closed
All due dates have been extended to June 3, 2020, plus we are fines free. Please don't return any items you have checked out and continue to enjoy them until we are able to accept returns again. Our book drop is currently closed, so everyone should keep their materials at home until we reopen.
March 31, 2020
Stay at Home Order Extended
In accordance with the March 31st extension of Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home order, we will be closed at least through Thursday, April 30. All in-person library programs are canceled at least through that date. Please keep up with us by checking our website and Facebook page for updates and remote access information.
Online Card Registration
March 15, 2020
As of Sunday, March 15th, the Library will close to the public until further notice, in order to facilitate social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be closed at least through April 5.
We anticipate this closure may last through April 5th, in conjunction with local school closures - including Lark Park High School.
Primary Election 2020
The Library will be a polling location on Tuesday, March 17th for the Illinois Primary Election, but no library services will be available.
It is important that all members of our community continue to be diligent about washing hands with soap and water and practice good respiratory etiquette. Though no cases have yet to be reported in Bloomingdale, senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions are being advised to avoid visiting public spaces in order to prevent contracting COVID-19.
Where to Get the Facts
Call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).