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:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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:

Masks are optional.

Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the Library.

The Library is following the governor’s directive to encourage social distancing if you are not fully vaccinated.

Only refillable water bottles are permitted. All other food and drink are prohibited inside the library.

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

Computer use is limited to 1 hour per day. Exceptions may apply if using the computer for job applications or unemployment, if so, please notify our staff before use.

Study rooms are available. Use is limited to 1 hour per day. See staff to see room availability. 

Meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice.

Toys from Children’s Play Areas have been removed until further notice.

Curbside Services:

If you do not wish to enter the Library, you are able to receive library materials via Grab & Go Curbside Pickup at 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 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:

Return materials to the designated book returns area inside the library. Outdoor book returns are also available at all EPLS locations. Note: EPLS is currently fine free.

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.