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 “mask required” access hour is available. The service is similar to special shopping hours offered by many retail stores.
Beginning Monday, March 7, visitors 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.
Access is available daily. No signup is required. Just visit! Find hours at VAPLD.info/calendar or by calling the adult desk at 224-543-1485.
When you enter the library before hours, you agree that everyone over age 2 in your party will wear a properly fitting mask during this special access period. 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.
updated January 2023
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