Reopening the libraries on July 13th
We continue to prioritize people’s health and safety. In that spirit, we are pleased to reopen to the public with limited hours.
Tredyffrin Public Library will be open to the public Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 5pm and Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Curbside Pickup will be available Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 7pm.
Paoli Library will be open to the public Monday & Wednesday, 1 pm – 6 pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm – 5pm; Friday, 10am – 2pm, but by appointment only. Curbside Pickup will be available Monday & Wednesday, 1pm – 7pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm – 5pm; and Friday & Saturday, 10am – 2pm. The Paoli Library space is much smaller and there are limited options for necessary physical distancing.
Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library will also allow access to library PCs when we are open to the public using SignUp.
There are a number of social distancing and safety protocols as well as operational changes that we will be asking you to follow while in the libraries.
- Please wear a mask when entering and using the libraries. We have additional masks to offer to community members who may forget to bring their own.
- Please limit inside visits to 45 minutes (or less). Spaces will not have chairs or tables for use at this time and we encourage you to use the libraries for browsing collections and checking out materials, picking up holds, and using library PCs only.
- Computer use will be by appointment only, and limited to one daily 45-minute session (schedule computer usage with SignUp).
- All meeting and study spaces will remain closed. No public gatherings of any kind will be permitted in those spaces.
We will also be making every effort to regularly and frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently used areas. Frequent high-touch surface areas will be cleaned throughout the day by library staff and cleaning and disinfecting will be performed in the evenings by our cleaning company.
We’ve received a few questions about library services, donations, and returning materials. Some common questions and responses are below.
Can I return library materials?
Yes, please return all borrowed items to the external book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library.
Why are library materials still showing as checked out on my account even though I returned them?
We are following protocols set by the CDC and the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. Any returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System. Because Coronavirus can live on surfaces for longer than 72 hours, the library recommends taking additional precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19 which may include quarantining items brought in to your home for longer than 72 hours, hand washing after handling any material, and using disinfectant to clean surfaces.
Will I be charged overdue fines?
No overdue fines will be assessed for materials checked in after being held in quarantine. Staff have been instructed to waive any fines that may accrue on an item returned within the proper timeframe. If you experience and problems with your returns please contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Circulation Desk at 610-688-7092 or Paoli Library at 610-296-7996.
Can I make in-person meeting room or study room reservation?
We are not accepting in-person meeting or study room reservations and rooms are not yet available for use when visiting the libraries.
Can I drop off donations?
No, please do not bring materials donations (books, DVDs, CDs) to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library. The libraries are not accepting donations. We do not yet know when we will begin accepting donations again.
We will be updating our status and service offerings as circumstances change and will be sending out updates in our newsletter, on our website, and on social media. Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate some rather complex issues relating to public safety and providing library services to the community.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our computer use and browsing at Paoli.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click a button to see our SignUp.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot you like. For safety, you may not reserve more than one session a day.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please call 610.688.7092 x 212 (Tredyffrin) or 610.296.7996 (Paoli) and a staff member can sign you up manually.
Use a PC at Tredyffrin Public Library
PC usage at TPL is on a first come, first serve basis. Patrons are restricted to one 45 minutes session per day.
Schedule to use a PC at Paoli Library
Please be aware that all PC usage will be limited to 45 minutes. We appreciate your cooperation.
Schedule to browse at Paoli Library
Please be aware that we ask that all browsing be limited to 30 minutes. We appreciate your cooperation.