Phased Reopening Plans

As we begin to phase in services at the Delaware County District Library, please check back regularly for updated protocols and procedures. The most current standards are listed below.

Services

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Current Curbside/Phone Abbreviated Hours

Library buildings are slowly reopening to the public. The hours below reflect available times for curbside and drive-thru pickup and open phone lines for reference support, unless otherwise indicated. Please do not come to a library to pick up items until you receive your hold notification.

Delaware Main Library (Now Open for Walkthrough Browsing & Curbside)

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Orange & Powell Branch Library (Curbside/Drive-up Window Only)

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Ostrander Branch Library (Curbside Only)

  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Maker Annex

The Maker Annex is currently accepting project submissions from patrons, using existing materials in the Library. The full list of on-hand materials can be viewed on the Maker Annex page under Details and Vinyl or Laser projects. Projects will be available to pick up curbside or via drive-thru when they are prepared.

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New Expanded Hours and Services, Coming Soon!

Expanded Curbside/Drive-Up Hours

Beginning June 29* at all DCDL locations, curbside and drive-up window hours of operation will expand. The new curbside/drive-up hours at all locations will be:

  • Monday*, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • *(Ostrander Branch Library will remain closed on Mondays)
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Walkthrough Reopening

As part of our phased reopening, we’re also introducing walkthrough browsing hours and limited public computer use. While we wait for additional protective equipment, we’ll stagger the introduction of these services.

What Is A Walkthrough Reopening?

Walkthrough browsing means that you can still briefly browse our collection to find your favorite books, magazines, games and DVDs. However, no seating, toys, study rooms or other attractions that may have encouraged you to linger or form gatherings in the library prior to the pandemic will be available. This will be open to patrons during the same hours as the extended curbside services. Branches will open their doors:

  • June 29: Delaware Main Library, 84 E Winter St., Delaware
  • July 6: Orange Branch Library, 7171 Gooding Blvd., Delaware
  • July 6: Powell Branch Library, 460 S Liberty St., Powell
  • July 7: Ostrander Branch Library, 75 N Fourth St., Ostrander

Computer Services

We know that the closure of our libraries and other businesses has disproportionately affected communities where internet and computer access is unavailable or extremely limited. I am happy to announce today that within our walkthrough browsing reopening phase, we are also opening our public computers for limited use.

  • Begins in conjunction with each branch’s walkthrough browsing start date
  • Open Monday* through Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sessions will be limited to 50 minutes 
  • Advanced reservations will be required, call beginning June 29
  • More details will be made available as we approach our opening date

Computer Reopening FAQs

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Curbside & Drive-Thru Pickup Procedures

Request items on our website or by calling the library during our scheduled open hours. Requests may take a little longer than usual to receive as we are working in smaller teams to ensure social distancing. You will receive a notification when your requested items are ready to pick up.

Delaware County District Library is not receiving delivery services from the other library systems right now. Only holds on DCDL items are able to be picked up at this time. This may result in longer wait times.

Our return bins are open. Please bring your materials with you to return as you come back to pick up new items. All material due dates have been extended to June 15. As a reminder, DCDL materials do not accrue overdue fees.

Curbside Pickup Service (Delaware, Ostrander and Powell only)

  1. Place holds.
    Place holds on physical items by using our online catalog or by calling the library during scheduled operating hours.
  2. Get notifications.
    Once you receive a notice confirming your items are ready to pick up, come to the library to use our curbside pickup service during scheduled hours.
  3. Return library items in book drops.
    Library staff will not be handling returned items. However, please bring any returns with you and place them in the library book return bins either prior to or after picking up your curbside items. Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 4 days prior to being checked in. You will continue to see returned books on your account until they exit quarantine and can be checked in.
  4. Proceed to the designated curbside pickup parking spaces.
    Call the phone number provided on the sign.
  5. Open your trunk or back door and wait in your vehicle.
    A staff person will locate your held items, check them out to you, place them in a bag, and deliver them to your vehicle. Staff will not be handing library items directly to patrons. Our staff will be wearing masks for your safety; we encourage you to do the same.

Drive-Thru Window Service (Orange only)

  1. Place holds.
    Place holds on physical items by using our online catalog or by calling the library during scheduled operating hours.
  2. Get notifications.
    Once you receive a notice confirming your items are ready to pick up at the Orange Branch, come to the library and follow the road markings to the drive-thru window during scheduled hours.
  3. Return library items in book drops.
    Use the library book drops to return items. Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 4 days prior to being checked in. You will continue to see returned books on your account until they exit quarantine and can be checked in.
  4. Pick up items at the drive-thru window.
    A staff person will locate your held items, check them out to you, place them in a bag, and hand them through the window. Our staff will be wearing masks for your safety; we encourage you to do the same.
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Reference Services

Call 740-362-3861 for reference service during the Delaware Main Library’s operating hours (listed on this page). Basic questions will be answered, including:

  • holds and requests
  • digital collection support
  • reader’s advisory
  • database searches and support
  • internet searches
  • documents for electronic delivery or curbside pickup

Printed materials may be requested via email. Only credit card payment will be accepted. No cash will be handled. Library staff will correspond with patrons regarding any fees owed. Please indicate what library pickup location is preferred. Document pick-up procedures will follow the same as the curbside steps outlined on this page.

Library staff reserve the right to limit the duration of telephone transactions, so all patrons have a chance to call.

Email and chat reference will continue.

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Safety Protocols

The Delaware County District Library is committed to the safety of our patrons and staff. We will follow the latest guidelines from the Delaware General Health District, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Employees

All DCDL employees are required to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and disinfect work stations and high-touch surfaces frequently while at work. Daily health assessments will be taken by all employees. If an employee is exhibiting symptoms, has a fever, or has made known contact with a COVID-19 case they must stay home.

Materials

Returned materials will be quarantined for 4 days prior to any staff handling. It matches recommendations from the CDC and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) of the virus life on paper and cardboard. Further guidance will be given this summer with information from a study conducted by the IMLS, Battelle and OCLC.

Patrons

DCDL staff will be wearing masks for others’ safety; we encourage patrons to do the same when picking up requested materials.

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Additional Questions?

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The Delaware County District Library serves as the public information provider for our community, using traditional and innovative technology to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning in a friendly environment.

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