COVID-19 Updates for Our Library

The Library will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. All Library programs and events have been cancelled effective Saturday, March 14.


The Bensenville Community Public Library serves the community as a dynamic center for learning, discovering, and connecting. Due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions and, most recently, Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home order“, we will be closing our facility to the public effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

While our facility is closed, we will offer limited email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 

During the closure, staff will be available to:

The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home order“, we encourage the public not to attend this public forum, but rather submit questions or comments via our website at: benlib.org/submit. All questions and comments will be read during Hearing of Delegations and will be captured in the minutes.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding library services during this time, please click here.

Remember, many Library resources are available online. If you’re able, please take advantage of our eBooks, music streaming service, online learning and more from home.

Need a library card? You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more.

We encourage you to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these preventive steps, as recommended by the CDC to stop the spread of illness:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.

Finally, please use trusted, reliable, authoritative sources as you seek out news and information about COVID-19, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization.

We continue to monitor this situation and plan to share updates as any new information becomes available. We remain in close communication with local taxing bodies to determine the best course of action as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact Library Director David Sieffert at (630) 766-4642 or at dsieffert@benlib.org

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Library Services


Is the Library open?  

No. The Library is closed to the public until further notice. We will offer limited email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 

 

I don’t have a library card. Can I still access your online resources?

Yes! You can now register for an online-only library card! This digital library card will grant you access to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more. Click here to sign up now, or read more here.

 

When will events at the Library resume?  

All in-person Library programming events are currently cancelled until further notice. We are continuously assessing the situation, so please stay tuned for more details by checking benlib.org/covid-19, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

 

Will the Library be rescheduling any of the cancelled programs?

We will do our best to reschedule some of our programs and events. Be sure to bookmark our online calendar, benlib.evanced.info/signup, to see all event updates.

 

Will be Library’s Board Meeting still take place as scheduled in March?

Yes. The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home order“, we encourage the public not to attend this public forum, but rather submit questions or comments via our website at: benlib.org/submit. All questions and comments will be read during Hearing of Delegations and will be captured in the minutes.

 

Will I be fined for overdue materials? 

No. We are halting all Library fines until further notice.

 

Can I still return my library materials?

No, our outdoor, curbside book drop will still be closed during this time. Please hold onto all of your materials. You will not be fined for any overdue materials and due dates have been extended. To view your library account online, click here.

 

Are book, CD, and other material donations being accepted?  

No. Please hold any donations you may have until further notice.  

 

What happens to materials that I have on hold during this time?

Your holds will be suspended until our next open date. If you have any further questions about your holds or any of our circulation policies during this time, please contact Sue Feddersen at sfeddersen@benlib.org.

 

What Library resources can I access online? 

We have a wealth of digital resources available for free 24/7 with a Library card. Visit benlib.org/download to learn more. 

Need a library card? You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more.

 

How can I get updates about the Library’s operations?  

To access all Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit benlib.org/covid19

 

Still have questions? Contact us via our Contact Us form or by emailing reference@benlib.org. For Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please click here.

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