COVID-19 and Your Library
March 13, 2020
As of Thursday afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 32 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Illinois. Please know that we are taking the health of our community and our staff very seriously.
We are actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 to respond with actions recommended by public health officials. We also are communicating closely with other agencies, including leaders at Village of Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale schools, Bloomingdale Park District, and Bloomingdale Township.
Right now, we do not plan to limit the library’s hours of service, but we are
all programs and meeting room usage effective Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5 (end date is tentative). We will continue to monitor the situation and will take additional measures as the situation changes.
We are currently taking precautionary health measures. These include sharing with everyone, both staff and public:
Where to get facts
- Call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email email@example.com.
- Get updates from the DuPage County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
When to stay home
At any sign of sickness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like
What to do in public spaces
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What we’re doing
- Our library spaces are cleaned every evening.
- Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues are available to everyone in multiple places throughout our buildings.
- Additional routine cleaning is happening for frequently touched surfaces in the library, such as service desks, countertops, and doorknobs.
- Soft toys have been removed from the play area in Youth Services.
- Coffee service is suspended until further notice.
- Additional space is available between seats and in the computer lab to aid in social distancing.
How to keep using your library if you choose not to visit
BPL has many services available online so that you can enjoy your library while remaining at home. Click the images below to be taken to the documents on our website: