We know you have concerns about COVID-19 and we wanted to let you know what steps the library is taking and steps you can take to help lessen the curve* in our area.
What the Richton Park Library is doing:
- The library will be closed Monday, March 16th through April 7th, 2020
- The drive-up book return will be closed. Please keep materials at home during this time period - you will not be charged for items due during this time.
- All programs have been cancelled until further notice.
- Toys, puzzles, and other communal non-circulating materials have been temporarily removed from public spaces until further notice.
- Used book donations are not being accepted until further notice.
- We are making every attempt to provide additional disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues to the public.
- Handwashing information signs have been posted in restrooms
- Public computers have been selectively put out service to encourage social distancing
- The library went through a full sanitation during it's closure in March.
How you can help:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or tissue, not your hand. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you have any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms to help yourself recover and to help protect other community members, including library staff.
Using the library from home:
The library provides several online resources that you can take advantage of from any internet capable device with your valid Richton Park Public Library card:
- eBook, eAudiobook, and more are available online through Media On Demand, Biblioboard/Inkie, and Project Gutenburg
- Access thousands of articles for your research needs through our online databases: ProQuest's eLibary, World Book Online, and Scholastic ScienceFlix
- Check your account status and renew items already checked out or suspend holds if needed
- If you do not have a library card, you can register for a Digital Library Card to temporarily access our library's Digital Resources.
We will be monitoring our library e-mail account daily, so if you have any questions about library services, please contact us at
and we will make every attempt to respond to you within 2-business days.
Official Coronovirus Information Channels:
- World Health Organization
- Center for Disease Control
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Cook County Department of Public Health
Marshall, Doreen. “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 11 Mar. 2020
NPR’s Special Series “The Coronavirus Crisis”. National Public Radio.
“Talking to Children about COVID-19.” National Association of School Psychologists, 29 Feb. 2020
Gavin, Kara. “Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?” University of Michigan Health, 11 Mar. 2020
This post was updated 3/30/2020 at 3:30pm to adjust closure dates & add information on obtaining a digital library card. Read More