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.

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.

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Requirements

Under the current phase, everyone visiting the library must follow these requirements to help protect our patrons and staff:

  • Building capacity of 50 patrons at a time.
  • Short visits are encouraged. Each patron will be allowed in the building for up to two hours.
  • Any person over two years of age must wear a face covering/mask over their nose and mouth at all times. (Required under the Illinois Department of Public Health's Emergency Rules)
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.

Library Spaces - Rules and Restrictions

When you visit us, the library will look a little different. Here’s what you can expect:

  • 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 are currently unavailable.
  • Select computers will not be available to help maintain social distancing.
  • Meeting rooms are 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 (limited seating with 1 hour limit) and laptops
  • Copying, scanning, and printing
  • Notary services

Computer Use

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lab computers have been reduced for patron health and safety, and lab sessions are limited to one hour due to the smaller room. 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!

Adult Take and Make Craft Kits
Adults can view upcoming kits on the online calendar. Kits are limited, so email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org or call (630) 924-2735 to reserve your kit.

Teen Take and Make Craft Kits
Teens can view upcoming kits on the online calendar. Kits are limited, so email email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org to reserve your kit.

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 June 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.


Unavailable Services

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.

Meeting Rooms
Our meeting rooms are closed through June 30, 2021. They are being used for overflow storage and staff areas to promote social distancing.


Other Information

Returns & Book Drop
All library items should be returned via the outside book drop. If the book drop is full, please don’t leave items outside the book drop or the building. The book drop will be emptied throughout the day, so please try again at a later time.

Donations Closed
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 bdref@mybpl.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 washing hands with soap and water and practice social distancing.

COVID-19 Updates

Call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.
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).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

DuPage County Vaccine Distribution Phases - Check the county's current vaccine distribution phase and see what groups are eligible under each phase.

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. Please note: you will not be able to schedule an appointment until the time is right!

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.