Library providing only 'essential services' as COVID cases rise

Browsing suspended temporarily, vestibule pick-up available

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By Maria Maxham

The Forest Park Public Library announced that it will move into an "essential service" model of operations, closing the building to browsing and decreasing computer-session use.

The change is under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other agencies, according to the library. Last week, Cook County released a stay-at-home advisory for suburban Cook County, recommending residents leave their houses only for essential needs or business.

"The closure is intended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to keep our community and staff safe," reads a release from the library.

Essential services include:

  • Vestibule pick up service
  • Virtual assistance by phone or email
  • Virtual events
  • Computer use (appointments recommended)
  • Drop-in copying and scanning
  • Virtual social work appointments
  • Personalized book recommendations
  • 24-hour Wi-Fi access outside the library
  • Book drop access to return items

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