COVID-19 FAQ and Updates/

While we are currently allowing patrons back into the building on a limited basis, we are still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. Should the State of Illinois return to an earlier phase of the Restore Illinois plan, the Stickney-Forest View Public Library may be forced to close to patrons again, as well. See below for more information about Library operations and about the ongoing pandemic.

[image - Labor Day poster]COVID-19 Update

- The Stickney-Forest View Public Library is reopening gradually. The building, itself, will reopen in a limited capacity on Monday, 7/6.
- Patrons over 2 yrs old must wear a mask or face covering in the Library. (starting 7/6)
- Patrons should make their visits brief to limit possible exposure, no longer than 45 minutes. (starting 7/6)
- Computers will be available to visitors for one 45-minute session (per day), but require a reservation in advance. To reserve, call 708-749-1050 x100. Due to the close nature required for technical support, staff may be unable to assist with computer issues. (starting 7/6)
Starting 7/6, all visitors must enter the building through the Main Entrance (43rd St.). Visitors may exit through any entrance. The Library will limit the number of visitors inside the building at once.
- Lounge seating will be unavailable until further notice. Tables are available for limited duration laptop computer use of 1-hr or less.
- Meeting rooms will remain unavailable until further notice.
- Currently, the Library offers Curbside Service of Holds Pickup. The Library will continue to offer Curbside Service for patrons who prefer not to enter the building. Please call 708-749-1050 x100 to coordinate your needs with staff.
- The Library encourages patrons to utilize the Self-Checkout when possible when borrowing materials, in order to limit the number of people handling them. (starting 7/6)
- The Library’s AV Room that contains movies, CDs, video games, and our Media Box is available to one patron at a time for a 15-minute period. Use the Media Box Self-Service Computer in the Main Room first if just browsing and/or putting items on hold.
Starting 7/7, anyone may visit! Reciprocal borrowers from other SWAN libraries or Chicago Public Library may once again visit and request materials.
- All materials borrowed before 3/15 should be returned via book return as soon as possible, except for WiFi hotspots and youth science kits. These two exceptions should be returned during Library hours inside our Main Entrance (43rd St.). Returned items may stay on your account for up to ten days due to the quarantine procedure. Fill out the note inside if you would like to go back on the hold list for a hotspot.
Starting 10/1, the Library allows browsing of its physical materials to patrons who first use hand sanitizer (provided).
- Programs and events continue online via Zoom and Facebook Live. Please check our calendar for a list and details!
Starting 7/6, visitors should make an appointment to come in and make copies or scan to a pdf file. Exact change is required or a library account on which staff can add a bill for the documents. (10¢ for black and white copies; 50¢ for color; $1 per page to fax; free to scan; the machine will not accept $5 bills nor pennies)
- Visitors may have documents notarized in the Library. It is recommended that patrons phone ahead to ensure availability. (starting 7/6)

- Traditional library cards set to expire between 1/1/20 and 9/7 have been automatically renewed until 10/31/2020.
- Temporary digital library cards issued online are set to expire 10/31/20.
- Overdue fines will not accrue on items until 10/31/20. Enjoy!

For authoritative information about the novel coronavirus, use the links below.



Stickney-Forest View Public Library District       6800 W. 43rd St, Stickney, IL 60402