In response to the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Preble County District Library Branches remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff are working hard to ensure safety procedures are being followed.
Curbside pickup 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.
How Can I Select Items for Check Out if I Cannot Enter the Library 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. 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.
Where and When 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.
Camden Branch 937-452-3142
Mon, Wed, Thurs
Eaton Branch 937-456-4331
Mon - Fri
Eldorado Branch 937-273-4933
Tues & Thurs
New Paris Branch 937-437-7242
Mon - Wed
West Alexandria Branch 937-533-4095
Mon - Wed
West Elkton Branch 937-787-4873
Mon, Wed, & Thurs
West Manchester Branch 937-678-8503
Mon & Wed
What if I have a digital card?
If you have a digital card, please call your local branch library. A time will be scheduled for you to come to the branch to complete a full library card application. You will need to bring a valid ID and proof of current address.
Book Drops Open (during select hours)
The book returns at all branches accept materials during limited hours. The books drops will be available during the following hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 12-8
Friday, Sat 10-2
Mon - Fri 10-6
Tues & Thurs 12-6
Mon - Wed 2-6
Mon - Wed 12-6
West Elkton Branch
Mon, Wed, & Thurs 1-6
West Manchester Branch
Mon & Wed 12-6
- 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.
Library leadership will reassess the closure on a weekly basis and use current information from health officials to determine the best date to reopen.
Have additional questions about the library's response? Please contact us on social media.
1. WHAT IF I CAN'T PICK UP MY HOLDS BEFORE THE LIBRARY CLOSES?
Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again.
2. 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
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.