Book it to the Library for Drop Off Days

North Hoppers

At North Branch, we collected 11 hoppers full of books. These will be quarantined for 4 days before being placed back into circulation.

Did you squirrel away a pile of reading material before we closed? If you did, you’re not alone! After a long quarantine, we’re sure you’re ready to get them out of your way so you can replenish with fresh reads.  But how do you return your books?

We’ve been hosting Drop Off Days for the past few weeks at select branches.  So far, we have checked in more than 5,300 items! You guys were busy during quarantine!  

When can I return my materials?

Dates and times are subject to change, but we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop. Upcoming dates:

7/1         Plain Community Branch              4-6 pm

7/2         Perry Sippo Branch                      10 am-noon

 A second round is in the works, but we don’t have the details yet. We’ll notify you once they are scheduled. Or, you can check back on our Library FAQ page for updates.

Please note that our buildings and drop boxes are still closed. Please do not leave returned materials or donations.

How does it work?

It’s easy! During scheduled hours, just drive and drop— you don’t even have to leave your car! We’ll be there to direct you or grab materials from the back seat or trunk if you need us.

Should I disinfect my materials before I return them?

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again. We’ve heard some pretty crazy rumors on how to disinfect items, including putting them in the microwave. Library materials are NOT dishwasher or microwave safe. Please do NOT try to disinfect your materials before you return them.

We are following the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recommendation that all materials be quarantined for 4 days after they are returned, so you will see them on your account for a bit longer.

Are my materials safe?

Let’s face it, things get touched a lot in a library. And we mean A LOT! The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority and librarians are curious by nature, so the Ohio Library Council (OLC) asked Battelle Memorial Institute, a science and technology development company in Columbus, to do a study on the life span of the virus on materials including:

  • Hardback book cover
  • Softback book cover
  • Plain paper pages inside a closed book
  • Plastic book covering
  • DVD case

Battelle’s results show that the virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine.

 You can read the full study here.

These items are SUPER overdue, will I be charged a late fee?

Everyone’s items would be a little overdue right now, so we went ahead and extended the due dates for you. Don’t worry, we don’t charge late fees! With everything going on, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Can’t I just leave my items in the book drop?

Our book drops are still closed, but don’t worry! We’re working on getting them back up and running in the coming months. This will likely be a phased approach at select branches We’ll notify you when (and where) they are re-opened.

Can I pick up my holds while I’m there?

Library to Go service is available at all branches on select days by appointment only. Learn more about Library to Go.