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COVID Updates

Our plan to serve the community safely

November 12, 2020

Bringing the library back and putting your safety first

Your safety is our highest priority. As such, to protect yourself and others, we ask that you:

  • Wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose throughout your visit
  • Follow established social distancing recommendations of 6 feet
  • Keep your library visit brief
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use complimentary hand sanitizer
  • Stay home and utilize our digital services if you are feeling unwell

Modified service hours

  • Monday–Friday from 10 am–8 pm
  • Saturday from 10 am–4 pm
  • Sunday from 1–4 pm

Curbside pickup is available for those who do not feel comfortable coming into the library building. When you receive a notification that your holds are ready, you may schedule curbside pickup online. LEARN MORE


Visiting? Here's what you need to know:

To keep you and everyone safe, the following are unavailable:

  • Quiet room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Play areas
  • Coffee machine
  • Water fountains
  • Newspapers

The following are available:

  • Holds pickup
  • Museum Adventure Passes
  • Checkout and self-checkout stations
  • Library card signup 
  • Copying
  • Scanning
  • Faxing
  • Remote printing
  • Restrooms
  • Service desks
  • Limited computer access (3 computers on the first floor, available 30 minutes/day)

As a reminder, children age 9 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult or caregiver.


What's happening now


Learn about our Phased Reopening Plan

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to continue serving our community, the library has developed a Phased Reopening Plan to reintroduce services and reopen the building. This plan was approved by the Board of Library Trustees at its May 27 meeting, and will continue to evolve as conditions change.  Read our Phased Reopening Plan

Phase 3:

  • Checkouts may be returned through external book drop
  • Current holds/reserved items available at our library will be processed and curbside pickup scheduled (for Tinley Park Public Library patrons only*)
  • New holds/reserved items available at our library will be processed and curbside pickup scheduled (for Tinley Park Public Library patrons only*)

*Delivery is not taking place between libraries. Until delivery services resume, we are only able to provide items available at Tinley Park Public Library to Tinley Park Public Library patrons.

Phase 4 (current phase):

  • The library will reopen to the public, with reduced hours and capacity limitations
  • Possible self-service of hold-pickup/self-checkout in lobby
  • No gatherings or extended stays, in the interest of safety—seating will be restricted, Meeting Rooms and Study Rooms unavailable

Phase 5:

  • The library will resume normal hours of operation
  • Seating may be reintroduced, and Study Rooms may be used, with limitations to allow for physical distancing
  • Meeting Rooms remain unavailable for public use
  • Printing/copying/scanning/faxing services may be reintroduced if schedules can allow for physical distancing
  • Library events and classes may resume for small groups, when a distance of 6 feet can be safely maintained

Phase 6:

  • Full services gradually will be reintroduced
  • All seating will be reintroduced
  • Physical distancing not required
  • Library events and classes for large groups will resume
  • Study Rooms and Meeting Room will reopen fully

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