Downingtown Library remains closed to the public, but staff are working to provide services soon!
UPDATE! The Downingtown Library is thrilled to announce a new Contactless Holds Pickup Service! Starting Tuesday, 6/16, patrons will be able to schedule a slot to pick up their holds in the vestibule of the Downingtown Library. Please visit this link for more information! (http://downingtownlibrary.org/using-the-library/contactless-holds-pickup/) Thank you so much for your patience as we adjust to new services and staff procedures. Please know that we are doing everything we can to help ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons.
Also, we don’t have a reopening to the public date yet. Once we’re permitted, staff members will return to the building to catch up on tasks left behind when we closed, and prepare and train for our next stage of reopening. We are required by the State to comply with many rules in order to have staff back in the building and to reopen the library to the public in any way- we will use this time before beginning services to adjust to this “new normal” and ensure compliance with the rules. Once we have a better idea of where we stand, we’ll start advertising the start of modified services! Please check our website and Facebook page frequently for updates.
We will post information about the library reopening on Facebook and our website so please check back!
All programs for the foreseeable future will remain virtual- including Summer Reading Quest 2020 for ALL ages! You can find information about library programs and the Virtual Library offerings that are available 24/7 at www.downingtownlibrary.org (Summer Reading Quest registration isn’t open yet, but you can sign up for an email reminder so you remember to register on June 6! http://downingtownlibrary.readsquared.com)
Library hours will be modified in the early stages of reopening.
Library returns will only be accepted at the outdoor book drop.
Please feel free to contact us through Facebook message or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. Please know that library staff and Board members have been working very hard during the closure on plans to restore services while maintaining staff and patron safety! We are learning as we go, like so many others during these challenging times, and deeply appreciate your patience as we prepare to welcome you back to the Downingtown Library!
Continue to Learn at home by exploring our librarian-curated, regularly-updated list of free educational and entertaining resources, and check out online CCLS resources like OverDrive (ebooks), Flipster (digital magazines) and databases will still be accessible with your library card- please check them out at the bottom of this homepage and at 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/
December 13, 2019: The Downingtown Library Board of Directors announced today that 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.
HOURS & DIRECTIONS
Monday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm from June-Aug
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
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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.