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. All items returned will be quarantined for 7 days before they are processed, checked back in, and recirculated 
    3. Please allow up to 8 days for returned items to clear from your account
    4. No late fees will be assessed on items while they are in quarantine
    5. 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 patrons over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the library, per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.  Masks should fully cover the nose and mouth
    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 12 and under must be with an adult 18 or over
    5. Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
    6. Occupancy counts will be monitored.  Wait times for entering the building may be necessary depending on occupancy
    7. Restrooms are available on both the first and second floors
    8. Water fountains are limited to only bottle filling and the vending machine is not accessible
    9. 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. Staff are masked at all times when outside of their offices or break areas
    2. Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; such as wiping down computers between uses, frequent hand washing, etc.
    3. 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.  Please allow extra time for items to arrive due to quarantine procedures
    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