The Mount Prospect Public Library announced that beginning April 12, the library will operate with a limited number of staff to support the library’s virtual services and necessary operations. Library buildings closed March 15 to the public and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 31, Gov. Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through April 30. Because the library buildings are now closed for an extended period of time, a different staffing model needed to be implemented, both to appropriately provide virtual library services to the community, and to be fiscally responsible to the Mount Prospect taxpayers.
At its April 2 public board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved furloughs for a number of library employees. Staff received furlough notices April 7 and are being placed on a temporary, unpaid leave of absence. Employee benefits, including health insurance and other group insurance benefits, will be continued for the duration of the furlough.
When the library reopens, it plans to phase-in on-site services to the community and bring staff back.
The library encourages everyone in the community to stay home and continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials.
The Mount Prospect Public Library continues to take steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19. In adherence to Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order, the Main Library and South Branch buildings are closed until further notice.
The library continues to provide resources to patrons and has enhanced several services available to Mount Prospect residents during the closure.
- ● Chat/text with a librarian Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (1-5 p.m.)
Chat or text: 847-750-4ASK (847-750-4275).
● Online library card applications available to all Mount Prospect residents.
● Extended due dates for materials; please hold on to materials until we reopen.
● No new fines for checked out materials.
● Increased limits for OverDrive e-books and audiobooks.
● Increased limits for Hoopla movie stream checkouts.
● Increased/extended Wi-Fi signal strength outside the Main Library.
● Virtual programming available on YouTube.
● Additional FAQs during closure.
Our actions are guided by available science and information from health and infectious disease experts, and the safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to these important resources: