COVID-19 Library Updates and Information

Library Updates

The library is open for Grab ‘n Go services. Stop in to browse and checkout items, use a computer, or make copies. Masks are required at all times for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. To prioritize everyone's health and safety, some in-person services are paused.


Plan Your Visit

Safety Requirements

  • Masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth for anyone over the age of 2 who is not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated is defined as “2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine” by the CDC.
  • Grab n’ Go Services - keep your visit brief.
  • Social distance at least 6 feet from others.
  • Capacity limits are in place.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Children ages 10 and under must be near a caregiver at all times.

If you are unvaccinated and cannot wear a mask, call 847-438-3433 or send us a message for information on available accommodations.

Available In-Person Services

Temporarily Unavailable Services

  • In-library programming
  • Toys and manipulatives in the Children’s Department
  • Digital Media Labs
  • Passport processing

Contactless Services

Library Materials

  • Return materials at the drive-up book drop 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Place holds and pick up items at the drive-up window.
  • Home Delivery Services - If you are a district resident unable to come to the library for health reasons, please call us at 847-438-3433 or send a message to Outreach Services.
  • A limited number of Wi-Fi hotspots and laptops with Wi-Fi hotspots included are available for checkout to Ela patrons.

Library Programs

  • Virtual programs continue.
  • If you are registered for a program with a take-home kit and are not comfortable entering the library or have multiple people in your party, such as families with children, curbside pickup is available.
  • Crafts-to-go for kids are available first-come, first-serve. Pick up crafts in the Children's Department.

Online Resources


Staff and Patron Safety

Safety measures in place

  • We have increased cleaning protocols and frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces.
  • Plexi-glass partitions are installed at all public desks.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.
  • Staff are adhering to strict social distancing, reduced occupancy, and other guidelines set forth by health officials.
  • Staff and patrons who are unvaccinated wear face coverings in the building.

Community Resources during COVID-19

Local Vaccine Information

Register on Lake County’s AllVax Portal to receive updates on COVID-19 vaccine availability or schedule an appointment if eligible.

Reliable Community Resources

Library staff curated these resources. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance finding further information. We are here to help.

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