COVID-19 & Reopening


The library building will reopen to the public July 6 with limited hours and limited services. 

Hours as of July 6:
Monday - Friday   
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The library has eliminated late fines for most library items. Fees for lost and damaged materials will still be charged to patrons. 

New requirements for in-library visits:

  • Wear a face mask/covering at all times
  • Maintain social distancing (stand 6’+ apart)
  • No food or drink
  • Wash/sanitize hands often
  • Children 12 and under must be supervised and accompanied by an adult at all times

what will a visit look like?

To adhere to state guidelines, the library will have limited capacity, services, and a rearranged physical space. We encourage patrons to use the library remotely and via Curbside Pickup as much as possible.

  • Patrons will enter through the Forest Ave. accessible entrance, and exit through the North push-door exits. The Curtiss Street entrance is closed to facilitate Curbside Pickup.
  • All patrons will adhere to the new requirements for in-library visits (above).
  • Visits should be limited to one hour per day.
  • Area capacities are limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Directional pathways are mapped out to manage traffic throughout the library.
  • Elevator rides are limited to one person/family at a time.

Available Services Upon Reopening

  • Browsing for books, movies, audiobooks/playaways, CDs, magazines, puzzles, and kids room resource kits
  • Reference and readers advisory at service desks
  • Library card registration
  • Computer use - reservations required*
  • Copiers and scanners
  • Wireless printing and Curbside Pickup printing
  • Summer Reading Club and Math Club sign up and prize pickup
  • Hold pickup (in-library)
  • Curbside Pickup

*Computer use is limited to one 45-minute reservation per day. No extensions may be granted. This reservation counts towards an individual’s daily hour-long visit. Reservations may be made by DGPL cardholders and annual passholders only. Drop-in sessions, if available, may be requested at the Computer Help Desk.

Unavailable Services
(until further notice)

  • Furniture and seating
  • Children's play areas
  • Meeting and study room reservations
  • In-person programming
  • In-person Book-an-Expert assistance and one-on-one assistance with eReaders and tablets. Socially distanced help may be available depending on demand.
  • Water fountains and water bottle refill stations
  • The Cupboard and the Café
  • Video gaming
  • Notary services
  • Newspapers
  • Media Lab, Training Room, and Quiet Study Room use
  • Placing holds from other libraries

Updates and more information

June 29, 2020
Message from Director, Julie Milavec:

I’m happy to announce that the library will be reopening on July 6! We are now entering the next phase of our reopening plan: limited hours and limited services. This next step is a result of a lot of planning and preparation. Visits to the library will look a little different for a while with new requirements to visit the building and limited services, however we will be giving patrons the best possible welcome-back experience that DGPL can offer. 

To prepare for reopening, staff have been trained for proper PPE usage and social distancing, the building’s physical space has been rearranged, and many of our regular services have been tweaked to accommodate this new normal. The library will be open for walkthrough visitors and encourages patrons to grab-and-go. Patrons are invited to visit the library for one hour per day. We will be adding and modifying services as we are able. Available services as of July 6 include: browsing the stacks for materials, computer use, and reference and readers advisory at our help desks. Unavailable services include children’s play areas, meeting and study rooms, notary services, and furniture and seating. Virtual programs will continue through the summer, and we are hopeful to reintroduce in-person programming in smaller groups in the fall.

We recognize that not everyone will feel comfortable with an in-person visit. DGPL is committed to providing virtual services and Curbside Pickup for patrons who wish to use our services from home. All of our virtual services will remain available and ready for patrons to use at the click of a button.

Thank you for your patience and understanding through our reopening. We look forward to seeing you soon!

See DGPL's Full Reopening Press Release

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