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TPL to reopen to the Public March 8

As we transition from contactless-only pickup to in-person material pickup, browsing, & PC use, we remain cautious regarding library access.

Beginning on March 8, Tredyffrin Public Library will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1pm–5pm & Friday & Saturday 10am—2pm. Additional contactless pickup hours will be available before & after public access hours as staffing permits. Please note: The Red Fox Book is not open, nor are donations accepted.

Paoli Library will remain closed to public access for the month of March, but will continue with current contactless pickup hours (Paoli Library space is much smaller, there are limited options for physical distancing & some difficulties with mitigating public access).

Tredyffrin Public Library will also allow limited access to library PCs when we are open to the public; first come, first served.

We continue to ask all library visitors to follow social distancing & safety protocols:


  • Please wear a mask when entering & using the libraries. We have additional masks to offer to community members who may forget to bring their own.
  • Please limit visits to one hour (or less). Spaces will not have chairs or tables for use. Please limit in-person library usage to browsing collections & checking out materials, picking up holds, & using library PCs.
  • Computer use will be first come, first served & limited to one daily 45-minute session.
  • All meeting & study spaces remain closed. We will permit no public gatherings of any kind in those spaces.


We will make every effort to regularly & frequently clean & disinfect surfaces, along with frequently used areas. Frequent high-touch surface areas will be cleaned throughout the day by library staff & cleaning & disinfecting will be performed in the evenings by our cleaning company.


We’ve received a few questions about library services, donations, & returning materials. Some common questions & responses are below.


Can I return library materials?

Yes, please return all borrowed items to the external book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library & 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 & the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. We quarantine all returned materials for 48 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System.


Will I be charged overdue fines?

We will assess no overdue fines for materials checked in after being held in quarantine. Staff will waive any fines that may accrue on an item returned within the proper timeframe. If you experience & 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 & 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.

While we remain vigilant in our efforts to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are optimistic & hope that we are on track to expand library operating hours in the upcoming weeks & months. We will update our status & service offerings as circumstances change & will send out updates in our newsletter, on our website & via social media.

Thank you for your patience & for your support of Tredyffrin Township Libraries.



Currently Closed to the Public


Contactless Pickup:

Monday: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday:

10 am – 2 pm



Open the Public:

Monday – Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm


Contactless Pickup

Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 7 pm