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Library Closes Indefinitely, Looks to Expand Digital Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Measures

*UPDATE* The DeKalb Public Library will be closed indefinitely in response to Governor Pritzker’s order to shelter in place. At this time the library continues to monitor the situation and will act in accordance with guidance from state and local authorities. The library is considering all options to expand access to our digital resources.

DeKalb residents who are eligible for a library card but do not currently have one can now get a temporary card by emailing with pictures of documents that prove DeKalb residency and a photo ID. Pictures must provide legible information. Patrons will be emailed back with a library card number and PIN that can be used to access digital resources. Temporary cards will be valid through April 2020. When the library re-opens patrons must come in person to verify their information to get a permanent card. We will keep the public updated with new opportunities if they become available.

Patrons with borrowed materials should retain them until the library re-opens. No fines will be accrued while the library is closed.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation further precautions may be taken if deemed necessary. The library is in contact with other community organizations including School District #428, the City of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University, and the DeKalb County Health Department. We will be coordinating with these entities going forward.

We recommend that everyone stay informed of the latest updates on the Coronavirus and undertake appropriate actions to remain healthy and limit the spread of the virus.

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