Browsing Is Back on July 6th

Published Monday, June 29, 2020

(Updated 7/26/20)

We are pleased to announce that the next phase of our gradual reopening will begin on Monday, July 6, 2020. We are opening our doors, and our stacks are ready for browsing. This is a “walkthrough reopening”, and this means that we are asking you to limit your time in the library to 30 minutes or less to give others the opportunity to use our resources.

The hours we will be open to the public are Monday - Thursday 9:30 – 8:00, Friday 9:30 – 5:00, Saturday 9:30 – 4:00, and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:00.

We are offering limited services to reduce contact and close interactions due to COVID-19. Meeting room and conference room reservations will not be available, and all programming will remain virtual.

Masks are required to be worn by patrons ages 2 and up. If you cannot wear a mask or are unable to, you can still request library material through our curbside services. You can place hold requests through our online catalog, by calling the library at 692-7556, or by emailing us at Our library system will resume delivery between libraries on July 6, so you will also be able to request library materials owned by other libraries again on July 1.

All of our book drops will be open beginning July 6. Library material should not be returned at the circulation desks. Please use the book drops or place returns in the shopping cart inside the main doors before you enter the library. Items will be quarantined for 3 days before being checked in and recirculated, so don’t be concerned if the material you brought back is still on your account a few days later. Related late fees will be waived.

Also, please note that we are unable to accept any book donations until further notice.

Please delay your visit to the library if you or a family member have traveled outside our area in the last 14 days in order to protect staff and patrons. The situation is fluid, and we may need to change our plans on short notice. We ask for your patience during this time as we keep the health and welfare of our patrons and staff as our top priority. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to call us at 618-692-7556 or email us at

Jill Schardt
Edwardsville Public Library