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In accordance with the County Metrics and Requirements outlined in Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-48, Allen County now finds itself color coded red.  This is the result of several data points including new cases of COVID-19 in our community; the percentage of positive tests over the total number of tests performed; and whether the number of new cases has increased or decreased over the previous week.

While Allen County is red, the Allen County Public Library will respond in the following ways:

  • Adjust how services are delivered to the community
  • Limit occupancy in ACPL buildings
  • Take appropriate steps to manage rolling staff shortages throughout the organization.

Beginning Friday, November 27 the following practices will take effect at all ACPL locations.  They will remain in place until Thursday, January 28 or until two weeks after Allen County has returned to a code orange status, whichever comes first. 

  • Library materials will be available via curbside delivery only
  • Meeting and study rooms at all locations are unavailable to the public
  • Other than those who have made appointments, ACPL buildings will not be open to the public
  • Business hours and curbside delivery times will change at all locations

The following services will be available to our community:

  • Curbside delivery at all locations. Please note that at the Shawnee Branch, materials can be picked up at the door instead of at curbside.
  • The holds limit will temporarily increase, doubling from 10 items to 20. This includes DVD and BluRay titles. This is a temporary increase and will revert back to 10 when ACPL moves out of Code Red guidelines.
  • Public computers will be available at all library locations by appointment only.  Reservations may be made in advance using PCReservation or on-site as needed.  Usage will be limited to one 2-hour session per day.  Click here to make a reservation or call your favorite ACPL location for assistance.
  • Computer users are encouraged to have a library card or register for an e-card.
  • Access to the Genealogy Center will be available by appointment only by emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info or on-site as needed.
  • Access to the Maker Lab computers at the Main Library will be available by appointment only by calling 421-1200 or on-site as needed. Usage will be limited to one 2-hour session per day. 
  • ACPL will once again offer Double Download December for Hoopla.
  • Telephone reference will be available at all ACPL locations at 260-421-1200.
  • Virtual reference will be available via Ask@acpl.info.
  • Online library card applications will continue to be processed.
  • Outreach Services will continue to provide service to homebound individuals and facilities where possible.

ACPL will enforce the following requirements of those wishing to enter library buildings:

  • The proper wearing of a mask or face covering is mandatory and appropriate signage will communicate that expectation. Refusal to properly wear a mask prevents building entry and, while in the building, may result in being asked to leave.
  • If a library visitor is unable or unwilling to wear the appropriate face covering, he/she may access library services through other methods.
  • Food/drink are not permitted by the public inside ACPL buildings in order to comply with State and Allen County mask requirements.
  • Social distancing remains in effect in all locations.

 

Business hours for computer reservations and reference assistance will be adjusted as follows:

MAIN, Aboite, Dupont & Georgetown

  • Monday - Thursday   10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday  10 a.m. -  6 p.m.
  • Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.  *Main only


ALL OTHER LOCATIONS

  • Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with the exception of Monroeville and Woodburn at 10 a.m. -1 p.m. and 2 p.m. -6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with the exception of Monroeville and Woodburn at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Please click here for Curbside Delivery hours at each location.

Due dates will not be extended as they were during the spring shutdown, since ACPL staff will be on-site to empty drop boxes and process returned materials. If a borrower is unable to return materials due to illness, he/she should contact the Library at 260-421-1200 or Ask@acpl.info.