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DeKalb Library to offer curbside pickup

The DeKalb Public Library will begin to offer curbside pick-up for DeKalb Public Library patrons on Monday, June 1, provided the county enters Phase 3.
The DeKalb Public Library will begin to offer curbside pick-up for DeKalb Public Library patrons on Monday, June 1, provided the county enters Phase 3.

Libraries around DeKalb County are expanding their summer options as the region heads into Phase 3 of the plan to reopen the state gradually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DeKalb Public Library was set to begin offering curbside pickup for library patrons on June 1.

Patrons will be allowed to have 15 items checked out at any given time. If you have items checked out that you no longer are using, return them to the outside materials return slot at the library.

To place an item on hold for curbside pickup, email the library at reference@dkpl.org. Be sure to include your name and library card number, and the title and author of each item you would like placed on hold.

You also can call the library at 815-756-9568 to place a hold during curbside pickup hours.

Holds also can be placed directly through the library’s catalog at dkpl.org. Only items held by the DeKalb Public Library are available at this time. Holds cannot be placed on items held at other libraries.

Once your items are available for pickup, you will receive an email or telephone notification. Materials will be checked out to your account as soon as they are processed for pickup. Returned items will be quarantined for seven days to limit the spread of COVID-19. During this quarantine period they will remain checked out to your account, and will only be processed after the quarantine period has passed.

The borrowing period has been extended to five weeks, so check your return receipt carefully for the due date and return materials at least seven days prior.

Late fines have been suspended at this time. Materials will not accrue late fines, and late fines currently on your account will not be collected.

Curbside pickup hours are as follows:

Mondays – 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays – 9 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 4 to 5 p.m. for vulnerable individuals, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions only.

Thursdays – 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturdays – 1 to 4 p.m.

When picking up items, enter the library’s parking lot from Oak Street. Staff will give instructions. You will need your library card number in order to pick up your items. If you are picking up items for another patron you will need their library card number as well. Items can be returned any time at the outside return slot.

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