Grab & Go: Library to Open September 14 on Appointment Basis
Crystal Lake Public Library will open to the public on an appointment basis starting Monday, Sept. 14. The appointment hours will coincide with the Library’s current contact-free curbside service and materials return hours, which are:
10 am -2 pm………. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
3 pm-7 pm…………. Tuesday and Thursday
Patrons will be able to schedule appointments starting at the top of the hour to enter the Library for a 45-minute period. Guests can use the button above to schedule the appointment or call 815.459.1687.
Only 40 visitors will be permitted during each time frame. If patrons are late to their scheduled appointment, they still must leave at the scheduled departure time 45 minutes past the hour so staff can clean common surfaces between appointment blocks.
Grab-and-Go Service gives guests time to browse and select materials
Once inside, visitors will be permitted to pick up hold materials and check out items. Patrons can also browse the shelves, obtain/renew Library cards and use the copier/printer. There will be limited, socially-distanced seating areas where visitors can use the Wi-Fi, and a limited number of computers for use in Adult and Youth services. Staff will be available to assist individuals with questions and material selections. Library visitors must follow these safety guidelines:
- Face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth (ages 2 & up). If you can’t wear a face mask, call the Library at and set up a curbside service appointment
- Visitors must maintain 6-foot social distancing
- Follow set traffic patterns
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available in public areas. Footlockers will be placed around the Library, and patrons will be asked to deposit materials they touched but don’t intend to check out into the lockers.
The CLPL Board of Trustees and staff have been working diligently to make the Library safe for the public and staff. Recent air quality studies showed several work and public portions of the Library were deficient in healthy air flow. To increase air circulation, the Library installed three HEPA filters. The filters will serve as a temporary solution until previously planned improvements are made to the building’s aging HVAC system this winter.