Mask Update: To slow the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, all Illinois residents over the age of two are required to wear a mask in all indoor settings, effective Monday, August 30th. The requirement is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents statewide.  We know this is not happy news, but we appreciate your cooperation as we all try to get through this together (see State order).


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, OFPL has altered its operations to ensure the safety of its patrons and staff. Read below for our current safety guidelines and procedures:

  1. Returns
    1. Both our outdoor and indoor book returns are open
    2. Items are no longer being quarantined upon return
    3. The library has recently gone fine-free, meaning OFPL cardholders do not accrue fines for late items (lost and damaged items still accrue fees)
    4. If you have concerns about being able to return your items, please email us at [email protected], or call 618-206-4341
  2. Visiting the Library
    1. Please do not enter the building if you are feeling sick or have a temperature over 100.4 degrees
    2. All visitors and staff over the age of two must wear a mask while in the library (see State order)
    3. Families are strongly urged to limit the number of members entering the building so that we can allow more households to access the library at once
    4. Children 9 and under must be with an adult 16 or older
    5. Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
    6. Restrooms and water fountains are available on both the first and second floors
    7. The vending machine is now open for patron use
    8. The Book Sale area is available and expanded.  Book donations will only be accepted at specific dates and times.  Please see for details
  3. Pop-in/Pick-up/Pop-out
    1. We encourage patrons to spend no more than one hour in the building to allow more patrons an opportunity to use the library
    2. Computer users who are job seeking, completing government or educational paperwork, and finding health or finance information will be given one-hour sessions
    3. Lounging furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the library temporarily
    4. Study Rooms are only available by reservation
    5. Very limited in-person programming and special events are taking place
  4. Safety and Cleanliness
    1. Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; such as wiping down computers between uses, frequent hand washing, etc.
    2. Ten wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building to encourage frequent use by patrons and staff
  5. Special Services
    1. Delivery from other libraries is active
    2. Passport applications are being processed
    3. Notary and Voter Registration services are available
    4. Copying, faxing, and printing is available

Restoring access to library services and materials is key in helping our community move forward from the damage dealt by the pandemic.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in protecting the safety of our staff and patrons by following the protocols above.  

We look forward to serving you.


Ryan Johnson
Library Director

Last Updated: 8/26/21