On March 21 the Mount Carroll District Library Board of Trustees held a special board meeting via telephone to address measures to keep library patrons healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic and it was agreed to follow the governor's stay-at-home order.

The Board virtually met again Thursday, May 28, and agreed to a phase-in plan to offer library services to its patrons.

Beginning Monday, June 1, the library staff was back at work for limited services. You can check the on-line catalog at www.mountcarrolldistrictlibrary and request books by phone at 815-244-1751 or email. Library staff will help select titles.

“We will deliver books to you curbside on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 9 and 1,” said Pam Naples, library director. “You can schedule the pick-up time when you make your book requests. Materials can be returned to us in the book-drop; we will quarantine items for three days before they are checked out again.”

Naples said those who need to use a computer or the photocopier for essential services can call to schedule an appointment to come into the library at the times it is open. People will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Library staff will disinfect contact areas between patrons.

The interlibrary loan system is not yet available at this time. If you have any materials from other libraries or from the Mount Carroll library, you can return them in the book-drop at your convenience.

“We appreciate your support as we eagerly begin these steps to re-open. Our patrons are the best and we've missed you,” said Naples and children’s librarian Diane Manikowski.