Breaking News!

Downingtown Library Services/Hours starting Tuesday, September 8

Services available during open hours:

Brief limited browsing, 30 min. computer usage, scheduled and unscheduled holds pickup

Mon.-Thurs.: 10AM-12PM; 1-4PM; 5-7PM

Friday: 10AM-12PM; 1-4PM

Saturday: 10AM-12M; 1-3PM

Sunday: Closed

Note: We ask that you keep your visit as brief as possible: maximum of 15 minutes for browsing/copier usage, and 30 minutes for computer usage. If the maximum number of patrons are already inside the library, you may be asked to wait outside until someone leaves before you can enter. Similarly, you may be asked to leave if patrons are waiting to enter and your maximum time has passed. “Library To Go” contactless holds pickup will continue- you can make your appointment by visiting: https://bit.ly/manageholds. (More info about how this service works: http://downingtownlibrary.org/using-the-library/contactless-holds-pickup/) All item returns will continue to be accepted only in the outdoor book drop.

**Very important: properly wearing masks over both your nose and mouth for the duration of your visit to the library are required for all patrons. The Library will have disposable masks on hand if you do not have one. Additionally, please do not visit the library if you are sick! Please see the Downingtown Library COVID-19 Policy.**

Please note for the following services:

Computer services: Limited computers are available, for a maximum of 30 minutes, 1 session per patron, per day. Due to the limited number of computers available, no extensions of time will be allowed. The copier and scanner are also available. Due to both social distancing requirements and staffing levels, staff cannot offer technology assistance at this time. Please bring along someone to help you if you need it.

All services: please visit the library alone, or with as few family members/friends as possible. No food is allowed inside. The majority of the library building remains closed, including: restrooms, children’s area, stacks, Krapf Program Room, and Hessinger Study Room. A selection of both adult and children’s materials have been moved to the “main” area for browsing and check out. You can access other items in the collection in the “closed” area by placing a hold using your online account (https://catalog.ccls.org/patroninfo) or asking a staff member to retrieve a specific title for you.

Thank you all for your patience as we move through reopening stages as safely as possible with the staffing and resources we have available, in this ever-evolving landscape!

Please check this website and the library Facebook page regularly for updates about the Downingtown Library reopening stages. Please feel free to reach out to us through Facebook message or email at ehess@ccls.org with any questions or comments. Thank you!

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please check the following public health agencies, sources of reliable, up-to-date information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

Pennsylvania Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/

Chester County Health Department: https://www.chesco.org/224/Health

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

Online Art Sale Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Online Art Sale Fundraiser Shop is open! Start shopping at: downingtownlibrary.square.site
All items are only $20 for this online Art Sale fundraiser, to benefit the Downingtown Library Children’s Services Department. Over 110 pieces of artwork have been donated by many talented artists. Thank you, artists! Items can be shipped for a small fee, or picked up at the Downingtown Library during normal business hours.

Art brushes and paint | Pikrepo

Children's Services Challenge Grant

An anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 challenge grant, giving $5,000 a year for a period of 5 years if the Library can secure $10,000 a year in pledges from the community for the next 5 years- the amount needed to fund a full-time Children’s Librarian. The Board of Directors appeals to all Library supporters to sign a pledge as soon as possible, so that the Library can achieve this goal as quickly as possible. Pledges can be any amount- even as low as $100 per year will make a difference! Please visit “Ways to Give” for information about making your pledge. Thank you!

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HOURS & DIRECTIONS

Library Hours

Monday: 10am – 12pm; 1-4pm; 5-7pm

Tuesday: 10am – 12pm; 1-4pm; 5-7pm

Wednesday: 10am – 12pm; 1-4pm; 5-7pm

Thursday: 10am – 12pm; 1-4pm; 5-7pm

Friday: 10am – 12pm; 1pm-4pm

Saturday: 10am – 12pm; 1-3pm

Sunday:  Closed

The Library follows the Downingtown Area School District schedule for closures and delayed openings due to inclement weather.

The Library will be closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Eve before Thanksgiving (close at 5pm), Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Eve.

Downingtown Library 122 Wallace Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335

(610) 269-2741

READING OLYMPICS 2020

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POWER LIBRARY

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The mission of the Friends of the Downingtown Library is to promote and support the programs and operations of the library through a variety of fundraisers, most notably the semi-annual book sales, as well as through community outreach. In 2019, the Friends contributed nearly $18,000 to the Downingtown Library.

Please see latest updates about services below under "Breaking News!" A reminder: masks worn properly over mouth and nose are required for the duration of your visit to Downingtown Library. Thank you!!Downingtown Library COVID-19 Policy