COVID-19 Library Information

New Requirements | Library Spaces | Limited Services Offered | Computer Use | Virtual and "Take and Make" Library Programs | Unavailable Services | Book Drop | Online Card Registration | FAQ

Library Building Open for Limited Services Starting July 6

On Monday, July 6, the library building opened to the public with limited services available. We are open to the public the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the state's Restore Illinois plan as we expand our services in the future. Please check the FAQ: COVID-19 Library Information for commonly asked questions. If you need further help, please contact us.

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New Requirements

In order to help protect our patrons and staff, everyone visiting the library must follow these requirements:

  • Wear a face covering or mask covering their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.

Library Spaces

When you visit us after July 6, the library will look a little different. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Building capacity of 65 patrons at a time.
  • Each patron will be allowed in the building for up to one hour.
  • Furniture and tables have been removed or spaced out to help maintain social distancing.
  • 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 and study rooms will not available for public use.

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) and laptops
  • Copying, scanning, and printing
  • Notary services

Computer Use

Starting July 6, computers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lab computers have been reduced for patron health and safety, and sessions are limited to one hour. Laptops may also be checked out at the Reference Desk. Laptops require a picture ID to use and they must be returned before the library closes each day.


Enjoy the Library from Home

These services are currently available and will continue to be offered after July 6:

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 and teens. Pick up these kits at the library to make creative crafts at home!

Teen Make and Take Craft Kits
Teens can see upcoming kits on the online calendar and reserve a kit by emailing Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org.

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 to July 30
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 the end of July 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.

In-Person Programs
In-person library programs will not be offered at least through August 31. In the meantime, we are offering a variety of take and make or virtual programs. For the full list, see our online calendar.

Meeting Rooms and Group Study Room
Meeting rooms and the Group Study Room will be unavailable at least through August 31. They are being used for overflow storage and staff areas to promote social distancing.


Other Information

Book Drop
All library items can 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.

All returned materials will remain on your account during a recommended quarantine period of at least 72 hours. Bloomingdale is a fines free library, and no fines will be assessed on items that become overdue during the quarantine period.

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. For example, a larger library will likely keep transfers/sharing turned off, while they work through their backlog of patron holds.

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.


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).