Mask use became optional for all library visitors after the Illinois mandate expired and the library board approved the policy change at their meeting on Monday, February 28.
To better serve patrons who are immunocompromised or at higher risk — or anyone who prefers an environment where everyone is wearing a mask — early entry for a “mask required” hour is available by appointment. The service is similar to special shopping hours offered by many retail stores.
Beginning Monday, March 7, visitors with an appointment may enter the library one hour before opening to browse the shelves or use the computers or copy center with the comfort of knowing everyone in the space is wearing a mask.
Services during this hour are limited to unaided:
Personal assistance is not available. Contactless options are available during regular operating hours for library services such as account matters and reference assistance.
Signup is required. Sign up until 12 p.m. the day before for entry from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, or from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Sign up through the online event calendar at VAPLD.info/calendar or by calling the adult desk at 224-543-1485.
By signing up for this access, you agree that everyone over age 2 in your party will wear a properly fitting mask at all times and in all library spaces during this hour. Library staff passing through spaces accessible by the public will also be masked.
The library has prioritized health and safety of patrons and staff throughout the pandemic. Significant safety measures are in place at all times, including ventilation enhancements, a vaccine mandate for library employees, and constant monitoring of the local environment.
Your questions or feedback are welcomed. Contact us.