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Curbside services

We’re here for you while the library building is closed. Reserve library materials for curbside pickup.

The Curbside Ordering Process

  • Place holds through our library catalog or call 815-544-3838 during regular business hours.
  • Distance learner card holders can only place holds on items belonging to Ida Public Library.
  • Families should place orders together.
  • Please limit curbside pickup orders to once per week.
  • Requests for specific items can be made, but they may not be available during this time.
  • Would you like library staff to select items for you? Request a book bundle.  

The Pickup Process

  • When your holds are available, you will receive a phone call or email from PrairieCat.
  • Within 7 days of notification, please visit the library. No appointment necessary.
  • Upon arrival, park on the street on the west side of the building (next to the main, outdoor stairs) and call 815-544-3838. Patrons without cell phones should call the library before leaving home. Do not exit the vehicle.
  • If there is a line, please pull into a parking space, call, and tell the staff where you are parked.
  • Open the vehicle trunk or roll down the back passenger window to receive materials. A staff member will place items in the vehicle without person-to-person contact.
  • Staff will not engage in extended conversation or contact with patrons. Staff are not permitted to open a delivery bag or touch materials once they have been checked-out.

The Return Process

When it’s time to return your books, please use the book drop. Do not return materials to neighboring libraries at this time.  Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours, so don’t be alarmed if they are not checked in right away. When materials are checked in, they will be backdated, so no fines will accrue.

Grab & Go Kit Pickup

Please call the library during regular business hours to request Grab & Go Craft kits. Call the library when you arrive and they will be delivered to you curbside. Please see program guide for Grab & Go program details.

Curbside Printing

Just like curbside item pick up, curbside printing, will be available during the library’s normal business hours. Find all of the details HERE.

Safety is Important to Us

For additional information on recommendations to libraries in mitigating COVID-19 when managing paper-based, circulating collections, visit the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences website.