WPL Closure Updates

Update 08-09-2020: Curbside Pickup and book drop hours now available at the Hinkston Branch! Starting Monday, August 10, Curbside Pickup will be available at the Hinkston Branch: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. By appointment only. Items may be returned during this time at the book drop located in the parking lot at the Waukegan Park District Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center.

Update 08-03-2020: Curbside pickup and book drop hours extended! Starting today, Monday, August 3, Curbside Pickup will be available Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. By appointment only. Items may be returned Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in the book drop located on Martin Luther King Dr. behind the Main Library.

Update 07-12-2020: As the state enters phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois, our team continues rolling out onsite services. Beginning with Curbside Services and accepting returns at the Main Library that kicked off on Monday, July 6. Curbside service is available Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 3:00 pm by appointment only. Materials can be returned on the book drop located on Martin Luther King Dr. behind the Main Library, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

We understand not everyone is able to get downtown or is available during the current schedule, so we will be expanding Curbside Pickup and Book Drop hours in the next coming weeks that will eventually include the Hinkston Branch. In the meantime, we will continue extending due dates, and there will be no fees or charges accrued under this modified schedule.

We will continue providing resources and our collection online. ESL and literacy tutoring, Conversational ESL, Digital Literacy, Health Literacy and GED in Spanish are available as virtual programming. We will also continue to share information on other online resources and programming through our website and social media platforms.

Our community and surrounding locations continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. According to the Lake County Health Department for every 1 white (non-hispanic) Lake County resident contracting COVID-14 there are 4 African American (Non-hispanic) and 9 Hispanic people are contracting the disease. Most recently it was also reported that there is, “an upward trend in new Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases among teenagers and young adults.” Therefore, services in the next coming weeks will be offered on a limited basis, such as notary and computer usage by appointment only. We want to offer our services to the community as soon as we are able, but we want to do it safely and responsibly for both our staff and the community. We appreciate your understanding and patience. As soon as we can control and mitigate the risks of offering more onsite services and determine that it is safe to do so, we will communicate that to everyone in our community.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and will re-evaluate plans as needed.

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Update 06- 01-2020: As the state enters phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois, our team is working diligently on a reopening plan that will be implemented in phases to roll-out services for the next coming months. For now, our building will remain closed to the public until further notice. We realize these are difficult times. We will continue to provide resources and our collection online. We want to offer our services to the community as soon as we are able, but we want to do it safely and responsibly for both our staff and the community.

Our team is working hard behind the scenes to prepare this plan to bring our space up to the COVID-19 guidelines and create new processes for service and we appreciate your understanding and patience. As soon as we can control and mitigate the risks of opening and determine that it is safe to do so, we will communicate that to everyone in our community.

In the meantime, we will continue to extend due dates, and there will be no fees or charges accrued while we are closed. Book drops will remain locked, so we ask you to keep all materials until the library reopens. All in-person programming, events, and classes remain canceled until further notice. However, we are offering ESL and literacy tutoring, Conversational ESL, Digital Literacy, Health Literacy and GED in Spanish as virtual programming. We will also continue to share information on other online resources and programming through our website and social media platforms.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and will re-evaluate plans as needed.

For updates and service announcements, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or sign-up for our eNewsletter.