COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Preble County District Library Branches remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff are working hard to ensure safety procedures are being followed. Library leadership will reassess the closure on a weekly basis and use current information from health officials to determine the best date to reopen.

 

Curbside Pickup & Book Return Hours
Curbside pickup & book drop opening is the second phase of PCDL’s return to full services. With the second phase, patrons will be able to pick up materials from all branches without actually entering the buildings, which will remain closed to the public. PCDL is working hard to implement policies and procedures that will allow for the return to full services at some point in the future. Curbside pickup and book returns will be available during the following hours:

  • Camden Branch 937-452-3142
    • Mon, Wed, Thurs 12-8
    • Tues 2-8
    • Friday, Sat 10-2
  • West Alexandria Branch 937-533-4095
    • Mon – Wed 12-6
    • Fri 12-4
  • West Manchester Branch 937-678-8503
    • Mon & Wed 12-6
    • Sat 9:30-12:30

Please note:

  • Book drops will be closed outside of the posted hours to ensure the safe handling of materials.
  • If you have a relative that has received materials through the PCDL Homebound Program, you are welcome to return those materials at any of the open book drops.
  • Due dates have been extended to ensure your items are not overdue. Opening some books drops will allow library staff to quarantine items until they are safe to handle. If you return items, they may still appear on your card as this process occurs.

Have additional questions about the library's response? Please contact us on social media, email pcdl@preblelibrary.org, or call the office at (937) 456-4250.

 

FAQs

HOW CAN I SELECT ITEMS FOR CHECKOUT IF I CANNOT ENTER A BRANCH? 
You can find materials two ways:

  1. Use our online catalog. You can browse our materials online and put holds on materials you would like to check out using your library card number and PIN. If you do not know your library card PIN, please call one of our branches.
  2. Call your library branch (contact info above). The staff there will be happy to pull items for you located at that branch and put items at other PCDL branches on hold for delivery to that branch. You will be asked to verify your library card account by stating your name, address, and phone number. PCDL will not be able to fulfill holds from SEO partner libraries at this time.

HOW CAN I PICK UP THE MATERIALS I WANT TO BORROW?
Once the materials are ready, patrons will be contacted to let them know that their materials are available for pick up.

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I PICK UP THE MATERIALS I WANT TO BORROW? 
All you need to do is drive to the branch where your materials are being held on the days/hours it is open. Holds will be available for 7 days (days the branch is open) before returning to the shelf. When patrons arrive at the library, they will pull into one of the designated curbside pickup parking spots and call the number posted on the parking sign. Patrons will be asked for their name, library card number, and for the letter of their parking spot. The materials will then be delivered out to the car by a library staff member. Staff will be wearing masks and gloves. We request that patrons remain in their vehicles.

WHAT IF I CAN'T PICK UP MY HOLDS BEFORE THE LIBRARY CLOSES?
Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again.

WHAT ABOUT HOLD REQUESTS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN FILLED?
You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MATERIALS THAT ARE DUE WHILE THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED?
Don’t worry. Return your materials after we open - you do not need to renew online. We don't have fines, so don't worry!

CAN I STILL BORROW ELECTRONIC MATERIALS?
Yes! Our entire online collection including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use through the Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla. We also have numerous research tools and great genealogy resources.

HOW LONG WILL THE LIBRARY BE CLOSED?
At this point we are unsure, but our Leadership Team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates here and on social media as they become available.

HOW WILL THE LIBRARY ENSURE RETURNED BOOKS AND MATERIALS ARE SAFE TO BE REDISTRIBUTED SHOULD SOMEONE BORROWING MATERIALS BE DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS?
The Library is currently reviewing potential measures. According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We will take every precaution to keep all materials and surfaces safe when the library opens again.