Curbside Pickup Now Available

As of Monday, June 15, 2020, Curbside Pickup Now Available!


We’re excited to offer this new service!

Please note that during this part of the yellow phase, the buildings remain closed to the public.
At this time, we are happy to be able to provide curbside pickup, the first step in providing more access to the library for you!
We are unsure when the buildings will be available for computer use & browsing. We appreciate your patience while we work towards solutions to keep us all as safe as possible.

Please note our modified hours:

Contact staff via:
reference chat through (M-F 10 am – 5 pm by selecting the text box in the lower right hand corner of this page)
speak with a staff member during modified hours or leave a message by calling our phone lines.

Hours for both locations are:

Monday: 11 am – 7 pm, Tuesday: 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday: 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm, Friday: 9 am – 3 pm & Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. Closed Sundays.

Reserve Library Materials

You can place items on hold through our online catalog or via the CCLS App, available on Apple & Android devices.
You can also call the library during modified hours to place your holds.
Make sure all your items are going to the library of your choice. You will be unable to schedule your pickup until your holds lists “READY FOR PICKUP”

Schedule your pickup

When your items are ready, you will receive an email that includes a link to select an available pickup time.
You can also check your hold status or modify your scheduled pickups at
The site will ask you for a password. Use the pin connected with your library card. If you’re unsure of your pin, please email or call one of the libraries during modified hours & staff can reset & guide you through creating your new pin.

Pick Up Your Holds

At the designated time, you will be able to find your items waiting for you by the front entrance of the library you selected for your pickup.
Materials will be packaged in brown paper bags and labeled with your first name & last initial.

Practice Social Distancing

If there is another patron collecting their pickup, or a staff member restocking the pickup area, please wait until they have moved away before you approach the building.
Please read and observe directions on posted signs.

Take your books home!

The items you pick up will already be checked out to your account, so all you need to do is take them home & enjoy your books! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading too!
You may use the book drops to return items too. There will also be a place by the pickup area for you to leave returns. Please note, all returned items are being quarantined & will not be checked in for 3 days, remaining on your account. Don’t worry, you won’t get fined for any returned items that are quarantined.

Thank you for your Patience!

We are all in this together & we can’t tell you how much we appreciate your patience as we learn this new system.
We will continue to update any changes via our weekly AdLib newsletters, on our website & via our social media channels.
Please call with any questions you may have.


Charity Golf Classic Community Puzzle

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the libraries are closed?

We are still hopeful that our 2nd annual Charity Golf Classic will be able to happen this October! We are currently offering special pricing.

Check out more information about this year’s event here.

Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.


Reopening Plan for Yellow Phase

June 9th Update

June 5th marked the first date that library staff were allowed into the buildings (other than for emergency facility work or obtaining materials to work from home) since mid-March. We are currently getting organized, obtaining supplies, and preparing the buildings to start some in-person services. For the initial “yellow” phase of reopening, the libraries remain closed to the public, however, we will begin implementing curbside pickup services beginning June 15th.

The library system has purchased software which will allow patrons to schedule curbside pickup of library holds (materials requested through the library catalog). At this time, we anticipate having this service available beginning June 15th. When this service becomes available, please check our website for information on how to use this service. Also, beginning June 15th, library staff will be present in the buildings to answer calls for general assistance as well as assistance during a modified library schedule in conjunction with the curbside pickup program. Continue reading

Board of Trustees Meeting May 2020

Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm

Via Zoom

To comply with the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Wolf, minimize public exposure to COVID-19 and maintain social distancing, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. The Zoom platform allows participation both by video and telephone.  Members of the public may register to attend in advance.

For those logging in with devices, when the meeting is opened to public comment, use the “Raise Hand” option should you want to comment audibly. If you are selected to comment, we will state your name and un-mute you so you can speak. Briefly state your name and comment/item of concern. Public Comment is limited to 3 minutes.

The Libraries are not liable for any computer security problems that participants may experience.  No in-person attendance at the library will be permitted.

Public comment should be short and concise and limited to general matters of concern and items on the agenda. Remember: public comment will be limited to 3 minutes. To submit comments or questions prior to the meeting, email using the subject line BoT question/comment by 8 pm on Wednesday, May 27.

Registration Link:


COVID-19 & Your Libraries: FaQ

UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 & Your Libraries


How is COVID-19 affecting the libraries?

The library was ordered to close and cease all onsite operations, including materials check-out, on March 16. We moved as much programming and resources as possible online (see below for more). Starting June 15, the libraries have begun offering curbside pickup. You can also now return your items to our book drops, though you can not enter the building.

 This crisis will affect the library financially. Key sources of income including room rental fees, DVD and video game rental fees, sales of snacks, printing pages and faxes, and donations made onsite during programs and at the circulation desk have fallen to zero while the buildings are closed. New software for webinars and virtual meetings and increased spending on electronic materials is necessary.

In total, we face a combined loss and increase in expenses of about $5,000 each month.  And, since the libraries will reopen gradually, we know that these financial challenges will continue. To help the library with loss of income and increased expenses during this time, please make a donation.

What are the libraries doing to help the community?

Immediately upon closing, librarians worked hard to make as much about the library as possible available virtually. Programs for children, adults, teens and seniors take place every day on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook Live (Social Media accounts here), and via webinar software. Reference librarians are available via email and through online chat.  Community members are able to connect with one another and librarians in program chats, in the Discord chat room, and on our social media pages. Our hope is that our virtual “library at your place” provides escape, pleasure, learning, and connection – things our community desperately needs during this time.

Though we are working in the building with only a skeleton crew, we are doing our best to process holds, quarantine & check in returns, add new books & provide our remote services. We appreciate your patience as we learn these new processes.

What is the library doing to help its staff?

Our staff are employed by Tredyffrin Township. Many are working from home to provide online programming. Those whose jobs can only be completed inside the building were paid through April 15, and are now on furlough, per decision by the Township. This allows our staff to collect unemployment, and the township is supporting them in this effort. These staff members are pre-qualified for reinstatement to meet staffing needs when our buildings reopen.

Currently, the full-time staff and only a few part-time staff members are maintaining all the onsite & virtual programming.

How do I return books?

You may use the parking lot book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library and the outdoor book drop at Paoli Library. Please be aware that all returned items are being brought into quarantine & will not be checked in for a few days. You will continue to see these items on your account until they are released from quarantine to be checked in. We assure you, you will not be charged overdue fees on these items.

How do I pick up books?

When your reserved materials become available, you will be able to schedule your pickup. Follow the steps as described here. Please be aware that the instructions you may see in the email from ccls may have different instructions. All the libraries are using different procedures.

Items will be bagged in paper bags, listed with your first initial and last name. You will find them on shelves outside the main entrances of the library during the 15 minute period of your pickup.


When will the libraries reopen?

We have not received information on reopening from the Governor or the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, so our buildings are closed to the public indefinitely. We will offer more information as it becomes available. Please expect our reopening to be gradual and in accordance to guidelines provided by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.


How can I help?

Your financial support will help us both to weather the decreases in revenue and to continue to invest in the tools and resources necessary to offer the most engaging and inspiring virtual library possible. Please visit our Support page to make a donation to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library, or to the Foundation, which holds funds in an endowment. The full amount of your gift will be deposited for use as you direct. Your investment now will also ensure that building maintenance and program supplies and collections materials purchases can continue as normal.

Also, please continue to participate in our virtual programs and share with friends, neighbors and family members the value you find in the library, both before the pandemic and during this time. You can see all of our offerings on our Virtual Calendar. While the “new normal” is in place, Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library will be at the center, with new opportunities to interact with our patrons and the same welcoming space to explore interests, connect with friends and neighbors and share the joy of learning.

I have books to donate for your book sale. Where can I drop them?

For the safety of our staff, we cannot accept any donations at this time, so please keep your donations at home until our buildings reopen and we announce that we can begin accepting donations.  

Will planned fall events like the book sale and the golf outing happen?

We will continue to adhere to guidance and requirements from Governor Wolf and from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  These events have not been cancelled at this time.  Please find up-to-date information in our weekly newsletter, AdLib, and on our website.


Teen Writing Opportunities

Two wonderful writing opportunities for teens:

Marylyn E. Calabrese, Ph.D., writing coach & teacher, has generously volunteered her time to help students work on their essay writing skills while the library is closed. Dr. Calabrese is the former chairperson of the Conestoga High School English Department. Her educational background includes an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, an MAT from Wesleyan University, & a Ph.D. in Teaching Writing from the University of Pennsylvania.For any grade level teens, please prepare a 2-3 page essay on a topic of your choice for review.

For high school juniors only, Dr. Calabrese is available at no charge for those juniors who want to get started on their college application essays. She has helped thousands of students in preparing successful college application essays!

For information contact Laurie Doan or e-mail Dr. Calabrese directly at

Sketch Writing

Participate in our Sketch Comedy Class & Revue by writing a “one liner” joke, a “simile” & a “song parody” of at least one verse plus a chorus to the tone of a recognizable song.

Not sure what we mean? Check out this glossary of comedy terms.

Send your submissions to Laurie Doan for review & compilation. You can also send links to a comedy video that you’d like to share with your peers.



TPL’s Journaling group is still active! Parents & teens are invited to contact Laurie Doan to get involved.

Get or Renew a Library Card

With the libraries experiencing closures and limited hours due to COVID-19, Chester County Library System has made it possible for residents to access our digital materials with temporary library cards.

Submit the form below and one of our librarians will respond with a barcode number for your use to borrow digital materials or to access our databases.

Do you already have a library card, but it’s expired? Enter that number below and your card will be renewed.

Questions may be directed to Tara Thorne or Beverly Michaels

*PLEASE NOTE* At this time we cannot provide library cards for minors. Those cards require a signature from a parent or legal guardian. Please use the adult’s card in your family to borrow titles for children.

  • Those interested in obtaining access to CCLS digital materials will receive a library card number to access our digital collection & databases. Cards will expire 90 days from today.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    Cards for minors are not being provided at this time.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Virtual Visits

With the country & the world practicing social distancing, we will do our best to compile a list of the wonderful locations you can virtually visit!


Museo Galileo Houses: Galileo Galilei’s Original Telescopes (& three of his fingers!)
CNN has also compiled a list of museums, plays & concerts. Check it out here.

News & Reading

Access the Easy English News for English Language Learners. These information is written to be appropriate for school age children.

Audible has made a collection of audiobooks narrated by greats like Thandie Newton & Dan Stevens available for free (no login, no credit card)! Access Audible Stories now!

Online Classes

Civics Classes Online from the National Constitution Center


Corona, Virus, Corona Virus, Coronavirus

Monday, March 30

Today, the Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, Glenn Miller, sent out a memo indicating that all public libraries are to remain closed until further notice. This extension of our closure is in response to Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home Order, which is now active through April 30, 2020.

Monday, March 16

Tredyffrin Township has announced that the libraries will remain closed through Sunday, April 12. We now hope to reopen Monday, April 13. Please stay tuned for more updates.


Thursday, March 12

The health and well-being of all members of the Tredyffrin community is of paramount importance to us. Some members of the public have expressed concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the local community and community services.  We are monitoring the situation and working with Township officials on the best way to mitigate or eliminate exposure as well as how to address any issues should circumstances change.

Based on consultation with township administration and recommendations from health agencies, Tredyffrin Township Libraries (Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library) are canceling all programs, events, and activities through April 12, 2020.  A determination as to whether or not to extend this timeline will be made in the near future pending more information.

 We are also discontinuing any room rentals at the libraries through April 12, 2020. Again, a determination as to whether or not to extend this timeline will be made in the near future pending more information.

 We hope that this will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep the number of infected at a minimum.

At this time, the libraries intend to remain open on a normal schedule. Should circumstances change that result in the library schedule changing for any reason, that information will be communicated on our website. You may also call Tredyffrin Public Library at 610.688.7092 and Paoli Library at 610.296.7996 should you have any questions about library services or resources.

Should you decide not to visit the library in person, I would encourage you to make use of a number of electronic resources available to you from home including e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines, and databases. These resources are accessible through the links provided or through our web site at Librarians at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library are also currently working to develop some online programming as a replacement to the traditional in-person programs that we offer. Notifications for any online programs available will be communicated through the website and through the newsletter.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please check the following public health agencies, sources of reliable, up-to-date information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Pennsylvania Department of Health:

Chester County Health Department:

World Health Organization:

While we realize that this may inconvenience some members of the community, we feel that this is the best option to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for supporting the libraries and for your understanding.



Christopher Kibler


Health & Wellness Fair

Join Tredyffrin Public Library on Saturday, March 14th for a full day focused on physical, emotional, and social well-being at Tredyffrin Public Library’s first Health and Wellness Fair! Throughout the day-long program, the library will offer free health and wellness programs, such as yoga instruction, meditation, and mindfulness workshops. In addition to the short, free programs, local health and wellness-based organizations and businesses, such as local gyms and various health services, will be providing information about ways in which the community can better their health and wellness.


The Health and Wellness Fair will offer a wealth of topics including basic exercise, healthy eating, and mental health awareness. Whether you are maintaining your fitness goals or looking to set new and improved goals, the Health and Wellness Fair is sure to have something for everyone! Drop by on March 14th from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to check out the free programs and local health organizations and business!


Interested in attending as a vendor? Apply now! Applications are due by Friday, February 28th.

Are you a business or organization that is interested in tabling and/or facilitating a free program? Please complete the downloadable application below by no later than Friday, February 28th to be considered for the fair! Please note, completion of the application does not guarantee a spot to vend or host a program during TPL’s 2020 Health and Wellness Fair.

Download the Vendor Application

Questions or comments can be directed to the Head of Adult Programming and Community Outreach Librarian, Zoey Mills by emailing or calling (610) 688-7092 x220.