In the interest of the safety of our patrons, Limestone Township Library District (LTLD) has been closed during the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean the library stopped all services. Online resources have been available and will continue to be available with e-resources such as Overdrive E-Books, World Book Online, Tumble Books, and Consumer Reports.

The Library has been monitoring the recommendations and guidelines of government and public health officials regarding COVID-19. To ensure it is operating as safely as possible, the Library is taking a phased approach to resuming services. Staff have recently returned to the building to deep clean and prepare for when LTLD resumes partial services. You may have seen staff cars in the parking lot

Starting June 1, 2020, LTLD will accept book returns in our book drop outside of the library. Items will be placed in a seven-day quarantine as they are returned before being checked in and returned to the shelves. Our governing body has stopped all late charges through June 26, 2020 so if you return an item before that date you will not be given a late fee. We are not accepting donations until further notice.

Book drop hours are as follows:

Mondays 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Wednesdays 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.

Fridays 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Starting June 8, 2020, LTLD will begin curbside service by appointment. LTLD and Fossil Ridge cardholders will be able to place holds by phone or through the Prairie Cat patron portal on the website (www.limestonelibrary.org) for books that are only in the LTLD collection. Staff will call patrons to set up a pick-up time and ask patrons to call the building when they arrive in the parking lot. Staff will bring patrons’ order to their vehicle’s open trunk or window, bagged and ready to go. Because delivery service has not resumed, we are unable to get books from other libraries at this time.

Curbside service will be scheduled as follows:

Mondays 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Wednesdays 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.

Fridays 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Starting June 20th Saturdays 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.

If you have a library card that was set to expire in March, April, May, or June, that expiration date has been extended to July 1, 2020 by our governing body. Please call the library or send us an email or message on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions regarding your library card.

Summer Reading will look different this year as we use Beanstack, an online platform that can be downloaded to track reading and achieve various badges for different tasks. Summer Reading will begin on June 15, 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available. It is always possible to contact the library by phone (815-939-1696), or message us on our website, Facebook, or Instagram.

In the meantime, we are a community, we are in this together, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon.