Kirkland Public Library will begin to offer curbside pick-up for Kirkland Public Library patrons on Monday, June 1st. This service will only be available if the region that encompasses Kirkland has moved into Phase 3 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois initiative. While Kirkland is in Phase 2 of this plan, curbside pick-up will not be offered.
Our goal is get to get books to our patrons while at the same time ensuring our staff and patron safety.
Patrons will be allowed to have ten items checked out at any given time. If you currently have items checked out that you no longer are using, please return them to the book drop outside the library beginning Monday, June 1st.
To place an item on hold for curbside pick-up please contact the library in the following ways:
You may email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that a hold be placed at any time. Please be sure to include your name, library card number (if known), phone number, and email.
You may also call the library at (815) 522-6260 to place a hold during curbside pick-up hours. If you call during non-curbside pick-up hours, please leave a message with your name, phone number, library card number, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
Only items owned by the Kirkland Public Library are available at this time. Holds cannot be placed on items held at other libraries. As we do not have on-line ordering available, we will need you let us know what title, author or genre you would like. We’ll do our best to get books to you that fit your criteria. Once your items are available for pick-up you will receive an email or telephone notification. Materials on hold will be checked out to your account as soon as they are processed for pickup. Returned items will be quarantined for seven days after being returned to limit the spread of COVID-19. During this quarantine period they will remain checked out to your account, and will only be processed after the quarantine period has passed. Late fines have been suspended at this time, materials will not accrue late fines. Fees for lost or missing materials will still accrue, and must be paid before more materials can be placed on hold.
Curbside pick-up hours are as follows:
- Mondays from 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
- Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
- Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.
- Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m.
When picking up items, please park in front of the library on Rte. 72. Call the library and staff will give you instructions on retrieving your items. You will need to return items to the outside materials drop box.
When using curbside pick-up please respect social distancing protocol, wear a mask, and follow library instructions. Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves when your books are brought to you. We are pleased to be able to begin offering this service. The health and safety of our staff and patrons is our top priority.
Curbside pick-up will only be available if the region that encompasses Kirkland has moved into Phase 3 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois initiative. While Kirkland is in Phase 2 of this plan, curbside pick-up will not be offered.
Some hints on requesting books –
Amazon.com has a synopsis of each book.
Goodreads.com will not only tell you about books, but will also tell you which authors are similar to ones you presently enjoy reading.
Bookbrowse.com guides you to the best new and current books, includes reviews, excerpts, reading lists, find a book tool, info for book clubs.
OrderOfBooks.com shows a complete list of all book series in order.
Prairiecat.info will allow you to see what books Kirkland Public Library owns. Click on the subheading Libraries, enter Kirkland and select public for what type of library. Click the black box to find the library and scroll down to search catalog. You can search by title or author. This will show you what titles we have available, however, you will not be able to request it thru this page. You will see the book, but then you will need to email or call to have it put on hold for you.
I’m hoping that this will help with people being able to get books they want to read.
I’ve missed visiting with you all and am looking forward to a time when things are back to normal and we’re browsing the shelves again.
Kirkland Public Library Director