Frequently Asked Questions about Pandemic Protocols
Looking for more details about the Library’s response to Covid-19? Browse the FAQs below or send us a note.
Can I request and checkout items from the library at this time?
Yes! You may browse our collection in person and on our website. The holds pick-up areas are open and self-check computers are also available for anyone to use. If you are more comfortable placing items on hold and picking them up, curbside and drive-thru (Orange Branch only) service is still available. For curbside and drive-thru window pickup: When you arrive, a staff person will locate your held items, check them out to you, place them in a bag, and deliver them to your vehicle.
Can I return materials now?
You may return materials at any time inside the library or in the dropbox at each library. As always, we have no late fees on any of our materials!
Are my materials still being held in quarantine before being checked in?
No, we no longer quarantined materials prior to check-in.
How long do I have to pick up my holds?
You have one (1) week or seven (7) days to pick up your requests from the hold shelf.
Are masks required in the library?
Following the orders of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, beginning June 2, 2021, masks were no longer required to be worn while inside a Delaware County District Library location. CDC guidance still states that masks are recommended for non-vaccinated individuals. All our patrons may continue to wear a mask if they prefer to do so.
Will there be a Summer Reading Club this year?
Yes! Our Summer Reading Club will take place from May 28 – August 17.
Are there any library programs?
Yes! We are offering both in-person and virtual programs, including storytimes, school-age and teen presentations, adult and senior offerings, and book clubs. Check our website events calendar, YouTube page, and Facebook page for programs and events.
What safety protocols are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
DCDL is committed to the safety of our patrons and staff. Our public spaces are cleaned regularly, hand sanitizer is provided at multiple locations within DCDL buildings, and safety barriers remain up. All DCDL employees wash hands frequently and disinfect work stations and high-touch surfaces often while at work. If an employee is exhibiting symptoms, has a fever, or has made known contact with a COVID-19 case, they must stay home. As we’ve learned much through the pandemic, many of the safety precautions and cleaning regulations we’ve implemented will stay as regular practice in our buildings. We will continue to follow the latest guidelines from the Delaware General Health District, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Are computers available for public use?
We’ve added more public computers, laptops and express computers in all buildings. Public computers can be used in two-hour increments. If there are no other patrons waiting for a computer, that time can be refreshed as long as you need it. Printing has also returned to its previous fee structure of $0.05 per black and white page and $0.15 per color page. Visit our wireless printing page to learn how you can send your documents to print from your email or upload a file.
Can I reserve a study or meeting room?
Yes! Study rooms at Delaware Main Library, Orange Branch Library, and Ostrander Branch Library are open for public use. You may make reservations online or by using the Delaware County District Library app.