Yorkville Public Library on Game Farm Road in Yorkville
Yorkville Public Library on Game Farm Road in Yorkville

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YORKVILLE – After being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yorkville Public Library will start up material pick-up service later this week.

The city's Library Board of Trustees voted, 7-0, to approve the curbside service beginning Thursday, June 4 during their remote meeting on Monday, June 1. Library trustees Ryan Forristall and Krista Danis were absent from the meeting.

Yorkville Public Library Director Elisa Topper said during the Monday remote library board meeting the curbside service aligns with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announcing the beginning of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois re-opening plan, which went into effect Friday, May 29. She said other local area libraries, including Plano Community Library, have implemented or are looking to implement a similar service.

"[Patrons] already now can place holds for pickup on Thursday," Topper said.

Topper said maintenance staff have returned to their cleaning duties and are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, or PPE. She said library staff will return to work the day before curbside pickup begins. Staff members will be required to wear PPE during their shifts and will also wipe down common surfaces in the building, including keyboards and doorknobs.

Library board officials said during the meeting they wanted to make it clear that library employees must contact their supervisor and not come to work if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Those who might be uncomfortable performing certain duties should reach out to their supervisor with their concerns, library officials said.

The hours for curbside pickup will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, according to library staff.

According to a Monday social media post from the library, holds would be placed online through the library's Prairie Cat catalog on its website and library staff will contact patrons when the items are ready for pickup to get more patron information, including the make, model and color of the vehicle. Only items that are available at the Yorkville Public Library and not through interlibrary loan will be available for curbside pickup at this time, per the post.

"When it's your [scheduled] time, come to the library, follow the signs, and we will place your items in your car," the post read.

Patrons will not be allowed inside the library during this time, according to library staff.

Returned materials will be quarantined for a week before being disinfected, checked in and returned to shelves, according to the library. Staff also is urging patrons to not disinfect materials at home themselves, as products at home might damage the library materials.

For assistance placing an item on hold, call the library at 630-553-4354 or email a library staff member. Phones and email will be answered 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, according to the library.

Topper said she is hoping that library officials can start to discuss returning to some sort of in-person, more normal service to the public as the state gets closer to Phase 4. She said she's hoping the topic will be up for discussion during the June 14 library board meeting.

"I think people are just going to be extremely happy to be able to receive materials," Topper said.