Restarting Library Services: What To Expect
We at the Ephrata Public Library are deeply committed to your safety and that of our community.
On June 15, the Ephrata Public Library will begin accepting library materials for return in our book drops located on the State Street entrance. Returns will NOT be accepted at the book drop on the Route 272 entrance. We are not charging late fees or fines during this time.
On June 22, Ephrata Public Library patrons will also be able to begin placing holds on items owned by our library, although these holds will not be made through the online catalog as was previously the practice. Please check the catalog to make sure that we own a copy of the item you’d like to reserve.
On June 29, a pick-up locker service, called Library Lockers, will start for patrons to begin accessing library materials. We know that our community will have many questions about how this process is going to work and we have created the following list to help you:
Our Library Lockers will allow residents of our service area (Akron Borough, Clay Township, Ephrata Borough and Ephrata Township) to reserve books, DVDs and other materials that are on our shelves by calling (717) 347-8356 between the hours 9 a.m.-12 noon, Monday through Friday, or by filling out our online form anytime at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org/covidholds. We will NOT be using the online catalog for holds in this initial phase of service. Orders will be limited to 5 items.
We will notify you via phone when your Library order is ready. You may then set up an appointment for pick up your materials at the Library. Materials will be in numbered lockers at the entrance of the Library facing State Street.
Patrons who are coming to pick up materials must wear a mask and practice appropriate social distancing. Signs will direct patrons to the pickup point.
When you arrive at the Library, go to the State Street side entrance and you will see signs for the Library Lockers. Go to the locker you were assigned for pickup and your items will be ready. You will not have contact with staff – your materials will already be checked out and your receipt will be in your locker.
If you are physically unable to walk to the Library’s entrance, please bring someone with you who can do it for you. Staff will be unable to assist.
Please note that all of these dates and actions are specific to Ephrata Public Library. Other libraries in Lancaster County will have different schedules and different processes, so be sure to check with your local library before visiting.
The Ephrata Public Library librarians and library staff are dedicated to serving the public and have been working during the shutdown to provide remote services. Please be patient as Library staff work to process the backlog of materials returning from within the community. All returned materials will be quarantined for at least 5 days before they are available for check in and processing. That means it will take up to a week for materials you have returned to be removed from your account. Additionally, please be aware that when we are able to open our Library buildings to the public, we will likely have to limit how many people are in the Library at any given time.
These are challenging times and the employees of the Ephrata Public Library are ready to accept this new challenge to help the communities that rely on us. We hope that the Library can be a way for Ephrata area residents of all ages to experience a small bit of normalcy by curling up with a book from the Library.
One final note: Our Summer Reading Program this year will begin on June 20 and will be held online. Please stay tuned for more details about this.
For the latest information on library services, visit our website at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org or follow us on Facebook!
Thank you for your patience.