EPLS Pandemic Safety Measures

Elyria Public Library System has reopened all of its locations.

To maintain the safety of both staff and patrons, we have made some changes to our libraries and procedures. Please read the new guidelines before your library visit and give us a call if you have any questions. As we all move through this challenging time, we are working to best serve our community and we ask for your flexibility and patience.

Library Hours:

The new, temporary hours will be:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The first hour of service Monday through Friday is designated for seniors and immunocompromised.

Homebound Services:

Any patron living in the Elyria City or Keystone Local School Districts can qualify for Homebound Delivery. Qualifying residents must be unable to leave their home or current residence on a temporary or permanent basis.

During this pandemic, we have expanded our Homebound Deliveries to reach at-risk seniors and immunocompromised. Deliveries are limited to 10 items per month with a contactless delivery protocol.

If you are interested in any of our services, please contact us by phone at 440-324-9831 or email at outreach@elyrialibrary.org.

If you wish to request Homebound Delivery, either contact us by email or fill out the application here.

Inside the Library:

Employees of the Library are required to wear masks/face coverings.

Visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask over both your mouth and nose upon entry and for the duration of your visit.

Hand sanitizer is to be used upon entry and periodically throughout your time in the Library. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the Library.

The Library is following the governor’s directive to maintain social distancing of six feet between yourself and others.

Occupancy will be limited and based on each branch’s size. At this time, the Library is open for browsing and checking out items. Most seating/rest areas are not available.

Library visits are limited to a 60-minute duration.

Food and drink are prohibited inside the library.

All public areas will be disinfected after each use. This includes computer stations, copier/printer, counter tops. Please be patient as we follow these new guidelines.

Public computers are available and have been rearranged to allow for social distancing.

Computer use is limited to 30 minutes with one 30 minute extension if requested – per patron per day. Exceptions may apply if using the computer for job applications or unemployment, if so, please notify our staff before use.

Staff assistance will be limited in order to maintain social distance.

Please do not re-shelve items. If you change your mind about an item simply place it on the provided cart at the end of the aisle.

Meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice.

Children’s play areas are closed at all branches and all toys have been removed until further notice.

In-person programs are suspended until further notice.

All book and material donations at EPLS locations have been suspended until further notice. See Elyria Friends and Keystone Friends for more details about donations.

Curbside Services:

If you do not wish to enter the Library, you are able to receive library materials via Grab & Go Curbside Pickup at Central, South, and West River locations; drive-up window at Keystone-LaGrange location; or the hold lockers outside our West River and Keystone locations.

Picking up Holds:

Once you receive notice that your holds are available, bring your library card and pick them up via:

  • Curbside service at the Central, South, and West River locations.
  • Drive-up service at the Keystone location. For your safety, please drive your car up to the window. Do not walk up to the window.
  • Exterior holds lockers at the West River and Keystone locations.

Returning Items:

Please return materials to the designated book returns during hours of operations. Staff cannot take materials from you. This includes curbside and walkup patrons – please use the book drops for returned materials. Outdoor book drops are currently unavailable; however, EPLS is currently fine free.

Returned items will be quarantined for three (3) days. The items will still appear on your card while in quarantine, but you will not accrue any fines.

Virtual Services:

Reach us electronically for questions about our services, your account, requesting materials, or any reference topic.

  • Contact us by completing an online form. If you would like to request items, please use our What to Read Next form
  • Chat online with a librarian here.

Access virtual programs by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, or subscribing to our YouTube Channel.