COVID-19 Response and Library Services

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, check back to this page for the most up-to-date Delaware County District Library protocols and procedures. Current standards are listed below.

Services

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New Hours and Services

Curbside, Drive-Up and In-Person Hours

Hours at all DCDL locations are:

  • 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.

Beginning June 1, hours expand to:

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

Maker Studio

The Maker Studio is currently accepting project submissions from patrons and open for regular open lab hours. The full list of services and materials can be viewed on the Maker Studio page under Details and Vinyl or Laser projects. Projects will be available to pick up in person, curbside or via drive-thru when they are prepared.

The Maker Studio is open for regular visitors

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

Beginning June 1, hours expand to:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed
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Mask Requirements

Currently, all individuals older than age 2 and without a medical exemption are required to wear as mask within Delaware County District Library buildings.

Following the orders of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, beginning June 2 masks are no longer required to be worn while inside a Delaware County District Library location.

What if I am not vaccinated or partially vaccinated? The CDC recommends you continue to wear a mask until you receive your second dose or your vaccine reaches its full level of effectiveness.

What if I have a young child? CDC guidance still states that masks are recommended for non-vaccinated youth and those ages 2-12.

What if I am more comfortable wearing a mask? You may continue to wear a mask if you prefer to do so.

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Curbside & Drive-Thru Pickup Procedures

Request items on our website or by calling the library during our scheduled open hours. You will receive a notification when your requested items are ready to pick up.

Our return bins are open. Please bring your materials with you to return as you come back to pick up new items. 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 and Other Services

Public Computers & Printing

We’ve added more public computers, laptops and express computers in all buildings.

On June 1 printing will return 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 continue to send your documents to print from your email or upload a file.

How long can I work at a public computer? 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.

Study Rooms

Study rooms at the Delaware Main Library and Orange Branch Library will be open for public use beginning June 1. Library staff can take advanced registrations now via phone or in-person request. On June 1, patrons will have the ability to make their own reservations online or by using the Delaware County District Library app.

Reference Services

Call 740-362-3861 for reference service or stop in during regular operating hours (listed on this page). Questions will be answered, including:

Printed materials may be requested via the digital printing website. Free printing of 25 black and white pages will be discontinued beginning June 1. Beginning June 1 all printing fees will revert to their original prices for color or black and white.

Email and chat reference will continue.

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Safety Protocols

Materials

Can I pick up my own materials and check them out? Yes! The holds pick-up areas are open and self-check computers are available for anyone to use.

Are my materials still being held in quarantine before being checked in? No. Beginning, June 1 we will no longer quarantine materials prior to check-in. It will take about a week check in all materials, but no late fees will be added.

How long will I have to pick up my requests? Beginning June 1, you will have 1 week or 7 days to pick up your requests from the hold shelf.

Safety Protocols

Our public spaces are cleaned regularly, hand sanitizer is provided at multiple locations within DCDL buildings, safety barriers remain up, and social distancing will continue to be encouraged. As we’ve learned much over the past 14 months, many of the safety precautions and cleaning regulations we’ve implemented will stay as regular practice in our buildings.

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 wear masks, wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and disinfect work stations and high-touch surfaces frequently while at work. Health assessments are regularly taken by employees. If an employee is exhibiting symptoms, has a fever, or has made known contact with a COVID-19 case they must stay home.

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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.