Elkhart Public Library

All the details for curbside pickup at library locations

Not ready to venture indoors during the pandemic? Elkhart Public Library has curbside service available.

Whether you’re after new books or classics, movies or music, we can help you with your library needs. You’re just a few clicks and a call away from enjoying great stories and more.

First things first, all items will be available to be held through our online catalog when you login with your EPL card or by calling the location you wish to pick up at, which can be found here.

Hours for pick up are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hours reflect the extra time staff will spend cleaning and sanitizing common areas and workspaces, as well as collecting items for pickup.

We’re temporarily allowing holds on DVDs, a limit of five may be held at one time.

We’re also allowing patrons to place a hold on up to three magazines.

All of the other usual rules are in place.

Circulation time for items remains the same: 21 days for books and CDs, seven days for DVDs and magazines. Overdue fines are back in place – except on kids materials – so please be timely in your returns.

Simply hold the items you want and make sure your contact information is up to date.

You will receive a message when your items are ready for pick up, then head on over to the branch you’ve chosen to pick up at.

When you arrive at the location, park in the designated spot and call the phone number on the sign. An EPL staff member will verify the last four digits of your library barcode and ask for a description of your vehicle.

For everyone’s safety we ask that you wait inside your vehicle as our staff bring out your items in a bag with an identifying tag.

The bag will be set on a table, or in the event of inclement weather, we’ll ask you to roll down a backseat window or open your trunk to place the bag in your car with minimal contact.

After staff walk away from the table, you can then get out and retrieve your bag, checking the tag to make sure it is your items you’re picking up.

All items needing to be returned should be placed in the outside book drops – not handed to our staff.