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Library Services FAQ

Thursday 22, 2020 at 2:36 PM

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FAQ: Library Services During COVID

 Library access

  • Is the Library open?
    • No. Effective November 20, the building is closed to the public. 
  • Is curbside still available? 
    • Yes! Curbside service is available from 10am-2pm Monday, Friday, and Saturday. Service ends early on Monday and Friday to accommodate the families in need that visit our neighbors at the food pantry. Extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are 10–6. Learn more here.
  • How can I stay connected to the Library?
  • How can I check out materials?
    • We are offering contactless curbside pickup for Hinsdale cardholders. Learn more about that service here.
  • How can I download digital content?
    • The Library offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, music, and movies for download or streaming. Get started at our Downloadables page.
  • I don’t know my PIN. Can I reset it?
  • I am a Hinsdale resident, but I don’t have a library card. Can I apply for one online?
    • While we are closed, Hinsdale residents can apply for a digital card which gives immediate online-only access to the Library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and research databases. Apply here.

Physical items

  • Can I return items or drop off donations?
    • The book drop is open Monday at 9am through Saturday at 5pm.
    • Please do not hand anything directly to a staff member or return items anywhere but the book drop in Circle Drive.
    • We cannot accept donations at this time. Please do not put donations in the book drop.
  • I returned items, but they are still on my account.
    • After items are returned, we are quarantining them for 3 days. They will remain on your account during this time; your account will not be affected.
  • Can I get items from other libraries?
    • Yes, items can be requested from other libraries.
  • Will the Library have new materials?
    • New items are being ordered, and we are processing as fast as the shipments come in! 


  • How are you handling and disinfecting materials?
    • Out of an abundance of caution, materials returned to HPL are quarantined for three days. We may review the quarantine period as we move forward.
  • How are staff staying safe?
    • All Library staff have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and are trained on hygiene requirements and infection control practices. Inside the building, staff are practicing social distancing and handling materials only when necessary.

Programs and meetings

  • Are there programs?
    • Yes! All of our programs will be presented virtually or can take place at home with Library-provided materials. Check out our Events page.
  • Are meeting and study rooms available for booking?
    • The Library will keep meeting rooms and study rooms closed until a new service phase allowing for group activity is reached.