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Downingtown Library reopens to public 3/29/21

Hi all! We are thrilled to welcome patrons back inside the Downingtown Library for browsing, computer access, copying, printing! Please read the information below to prepare for your visit- and please help us remain open by complying with all the library visit requirements! Thank you all so much for your patience as we’ve weathered this difficult year. We look forward to seeing you in person!

  1. COVID-19: Do not enter the library if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in the isolation period, are waiting on a COVID-19 test, or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 and have been told to quarantine.
  2. COMPUTERS: 3 socially-distanced public computers are available on a first come/first serve basis for a 30 minute session maximum, once per day per patron. No extensions are available due to fewer numbers of computers available. Very limited computer help is available as staff need to remain socially-distant from patrons. Patrons are encouraged to bring a helper if they need one. 
  3. BROWSING: 15 minute browsing of the whole library collection. Please keep your visit as brief as possible to allow as many patrons to visit the library as possible throughout the day. Please wait to enter the library or vacate the library if needed to honor occupancy limits when directed by staff.
  4. CLOSED AREAS: The Miller Family children’s play area, Krapf program room, Hessinger study room, and restrooms remain closed. 
  5. MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING: The Downingtown Library COVID Policy requires that all patrons over the age of 2 wear a face-mask over their mouth and nose for the duration of their visit to the library. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, please contact the library and we will try to accommodate you. Please practice Social Distancing of 6 feet while in the library, and do not enter the library vestibule for Library To Go curbside pickup if another patron is already inside. (http://downingtownlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/DLC-COVID-19-Policy-8.20.20.pdf
  6. LIBRARY TO GO CURBSIDE PICKUP: Continues! (http://downingtownlibrary.org/…/contactless-holds-pickup/)
  7. PROGRAMS:  Continue virtually, with in-person programs coming soon. (https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Downingtown)
  8. ITEM RETURNS: Please return all items in the library book returns outside.
  9. LIBRARY OPEN HOURS: Library open hours will remain the same: Mon., Wed., Th.: 11AM-6PM; Tues. 11AM-8PM; Fri. 11AM-5PM; Sat. 11AM-4PM; Sun. 12-4PM.
  10. FISH FRIENDS: Please be sure to say hello to our new fish friends with a wave! Maybe you can even spot the baby Cichlids! Please don’t tap or bang on the fish tank- it scares our fishy friends!

Please contact the library at ehess@ccls.org or 610-269-2741 with any questions! Thank you!

Also, please don’t forget CCLS e-books and e-audiobooks are available for download through OverDrive and the LIBBY app, and digital magazines are always available to read through Flipster: https://www.ccls.org/305/eMaterials

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/

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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HOURS & DIRECTIONS

Library Hours

Monday: 11am – 6pm

Tuesday: 11am – 8pm

Wednesday: 11am – 6pm

Thursday: 11am – 6pm

Friday: 11am – 5pm

Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Sunday:  12-4pm

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, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Veterans’ Day, Eve before Thanksgiving (close at 5pm), Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day after Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Downingtown Library 122 Wallace Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335

(610) 269-2741

READING OLYMPICS 2020

ACCESS READING OLYMPICS LISTS HERE

Free Electronic Resources

POWER LIBRARY

Use the links below to access Pennsylvania’s electronic library

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.

Happy National Library Week!