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 (at least the day before intended use). 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.) and exit through the East Entrance (Oak Park Ave.). 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.
- Meeting rooms will remain unavailable until further notice.
- Currently, the Library offers Curbside Service of Holds Pickup to its home patrons (those living in Stickney, Forest View, & Central Stickney). Holds must be placed on items owned by SFV, as interlibrary lending and delivery are suspended until further notice (possibly the end of summer). 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, and our Media Box will be unavailable, although staff is happy to retrieve items from it for patrons.
Starting 7/7, anyone may visit! Reciprocal borrowers from other SWAN libraries or Chicago Public Library may once again visit and request materials.
- Holds on items owned by other libraries are still unavailable, but requests prior to mid-March will begin to be fulfilled; other libraries will gradually rejoin delivery service by 9/9. So hold requests will be filled quicker and quicker, with full resource sharing back by the end of summer.
- All materials borrowed before 3/15 should be returned via book return by 7/6, except for WiFi hotspots and youth science kits. These two exceptions should be returned during Curbside Hours to the designated space in the vestibule of the Library's Main Entrance (on 43rd Street). Returned items may stay on your account for up to seven days due to our quarantine procedure. Tell staff or leave a note inside if you would like to go back on the hold list for hotspots.
- During Curbside Service, staff will contact our home patrons about any preexisting available holds. Automatic notifications will switch back on 7/6.
Starting 7/6, the Library prohibits the browsing of its physical materials. Bookshelves will be roped off to preserve their sanitation by quarantine. Please ask staff to retrieve any items for you. Please check out any items you touch.
- Programs and events continue online via Zoom and Facebook Live. Please check our calendar for a list and details!
- Free meal service for kids under 19 years old is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays this summer from noon – 1pm. A mask or face covering is required.
Starting 7/6, visitors should make an appointment to come in and make copies, send a fax, 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 9/8/2020.
- Temporary digital library cards issued online are set to expire 8/31/20.
- Overdue fines will not accrue on items until 8/31/20. Enjoy!
- Sign up for virtual Summer Reading! All ages! Visit to enroll.

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



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