COVID CLOSING

From the Library Director:

Update 3/20/20

In order to comply with Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order of March 20, 2020 and protect the health of our community, Decatur Public Library will remain closed until Wednesday April 8, 2020.

Decatur Public Library staff will continue to monitor email messages and perform as many library functions as possible from home.

I want to further encourage everyone to make sure that you are getting your information about the COVID-19 pandemic from reliable sources: The World Health Organization, The US Center for Disease Control, The Illinois Department of Public Health, Decatur Herald and Review or other local news organizations (but not blogs or social media!), or your doctor or other health care provider. It is imperative that you get accurate information in order to protect your health and the health of your family.

Please continue to monitor www.decaturlibrary.org for further Decatur Public Library updates.

Stay Well,

Rick Meyer
City Librarian

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Friends,

Based on an abundance of caution, confirmed coronavirus cases in neighboring counties, and recent closing decisions by Governor Pritzker, Decatur Public Library will be closing at 8 PM Monday, March 16 and will remain closed until April 1 unless the situation warrants an extension. This decision was made by the Decatur Public Library Board of Trustees.

This was a painful decision, but I am confident it is the right one. As a public library, we pride ourselves on being the heart of the community, the place where everyone gathers. And that is precisely why it is best for us to be closed right now.

The science says that our best move is to minimize close-contact interactions. We can only do that by closing to the public. It’s a move that protects both you and our staff.

As a public service, we need to aim to deliver the most public good we can. With that in mind, the library has added two additional renewal periods, and has increased the number of electronic checkouts for each patron, Hoopla checkouts will be extended to 14 per month, and Kanopy to 20 per month.

Unfortunately, holds and requests will be suspended until further notice.

Unfortunately, Decatur Public Library will suspend telephone question. We will continue to monitor email questions about operations here, reference or general information here, and computer questions (within 24 hours) here.

If you have not used our electronic resources before, please take a look at them here: https://www.decaturlibrary.org/find-econtent and here: https://www.decaturlibrary.org/research and here: https://www.decaturlibrary.org/online-classes

For video or written tutorials on how to use those resources, please click here: https://www.decaturlibrary.org/econtent-tutorials

Decatur Public Library intends to open its doors to the public on April 1. Please understand that this will only be done if the pandemic conditions warrant. We continue to place your health and the health of staff first and foremost.

Update 3/19/2020:

We are aware that the implementation of the two extra renewal periods has not yet been implemented. Bear with us as we work through this with the SHARE consortium. The good news is that Decatur Public Library patrons are never charged an overdue fine. If your items are overdue—this should not block your access to electronic resources at this time.

Many patrons have emailed to ask if they are still able to return books. The answer is yes—the automatic return system is still operating and available 24 hours a day. It will automatically check in all Decatur Public Library items. If you have borrowed items from another library, it will take us a few days to get it checked in. No worries though because Decatur Public Library never charges its patrons an overdue fine.

If you are not a Decatur Public Library patron and you are late returning items—we have given your home library permission to waive fines on our materials and the SHARE Executive Council voted unanimously this week to recommend that all libraries waive fines until further notice.

Update 3/20/2020

In order to comply with Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order of March 20, 2020 and protect the health of our community—Decatur Public Library will remain closed until Wednesday April 8, 2020.

Decatur Public Library staff will continue to monitor email messages and perform as many library functions as possible from home.

I want to further encourage everyone to make sure that your are getting your information about the COVID-19 pandemic from reliable source: The World Health Organization, The US Center for Disease Control, The Illinois Department of Public Health, Decatur Herald and Review or other local news organizations (but not blogs or social media!), or your doctor or other health care provider. It is imperative that you get accurate information in order to protect your health and the health of your family.

Please continue to monitor www.decaturlibrary.org for further Decatur Public Library updates.

Stay well,

Rick Meyer

City Librarian

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