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All the details for curbside pick up at library locations

Beginning Monday, Elkhart Public Library locations will be open for curbside service.

Of course, by that very nature they won’t be open for people to come inside, but you will finally be able to get new books and other items in your hands.

Any items you have to return to the library should be placed in the outside bookdrop bins and not handed to our staff.

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 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. 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, beginning Saturday, May 16.

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

All other materials remain unchanged.

Circulation time for items remains the same: 21 days for books and CDs, seven days for DVDs and magazines.

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 (thanks Indiana spring!) 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 bookdrop return bins at all locations and not handed to our staff or brought to our doors.

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