The mission of the Nauvoo Public Library is to provide materials and services for community residents of all ages for personal enrichment, enjoyment and educational needs. The library is dedicated to providing practical access to all forms of media. Programs will be developed to stimulate children’s interest and appreciation for reading and learning.
The Nauvoo Public Library will be open in a limited capacity starting August 1st. We will start allowing two patrons on the computers at one time as well as one person/family in the book stacks at a time. It is strongly suggested that you call ahead to make an appointment to ensure availability. We will still accept walk ins, but there is no guarantee we won’t already be at capacity. Masks and gloves will be required to enter. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided before you enter. You will need to bring your own mask. Doors will remain locked to ensure we do not exceed capacity, so please knock and your librarians will let you in.
We will still be offering curbside services to any who prefer, which is highly encouraged. Please call ahead to let us know so we can prepare your items for you.
We will not be accommodating the following at this time:
While the library building itself is still closed to the public, we will begin offering curbside service Monday, June 1st.
What does this mean?
This means that you can once again check out library materials! Interlibrary loan HAS resumed. Please feel free to place holds on items from other libraries.
How does it work?
You can see our entire catalog online by going to nauvoopubliclibrary.com and clicking on “Catalog/My Account” at the top of the page. Here you can search for titles, authors, subjects, etc. By signing in with your library card information (call the library if you do not know your log in information), you can then place a hold on the item(s) you desire.
Alternatively, you can call the library to make your selection. If you do not have a specific title or author in mind, tell your librarians what type of book you are looking for, and they will do their best to find something to meet your needs.
Your librarians will then set aside the books you have selected, bag them for you, and run them out to you when you arrive.
How will I receive my books?
Your librarians will be in the library during normal business hours. Simply pull up front in your car during these times when you are ready to receive your books. Please call in advance to make book selections so we can have them ready for you. Call in if your librarian hasn’t noticed you are out front. 217-453-2707
How long can I keep my books?
During this time, there are no traditional due dates. If we reinstate due dates, we have to reinstate due dates for everyone. We do not want anyone who currently has materials out to feel pressured to use curbside if they do not feel comfortable doing so. We will not be charging late fees during this time. Please be on your honor to return books in a timely fashion.
How do I return books?
If you have curbside returns, please place your materials in a bag to give to your librarian when they come out to the car. Alternatively, books may be returned through the front door slot during times we are closed.
How to stay safe during curbside?
Your librarians will be wearing gloves and masks when they come to your car. We ask that you please wear a mask as well. Any materials that are returned will be quarantined for one week before being available again.
Temporary cards for e-books
In other good news, the Illinois State Library has relaxed their definition of “non-resident” during these times solely for the use of e-resources. In other words, this means we can currently give out temporary cards to those living outside city limits, but only for the use of e-books. After we reopen completely and resume business as normal, these cards will become inactive unless the usual non-resident fee is paid. If you are interested in taking advantage of these temporary cards for use of our e-books, please contact the library.
Due to continued concern about gatherings, we have decided to cancel our summer reading programs this year. However, we will still be continuing with our reading logs and book incentives. Your child can still receive prizes for reading books this summer! Simply download and print the book log and summer reading instructions on our website. Our prize store is available anytime we are open. Come see us during normal business hours to claim prizes. Every child who comes to the store is entered into a raffle for a Kindle e-reader. Drawing at the end of summer. Two Kindles available. Follow along on our Facebook page and website for future details on how this will work.
Our Rubber Ducky program for children aged 3 and under will also be available online and via curbside this summer.
Our weekly virtual Story Time will be on our Facebook page every Wednesday at 10:30 AM.
Did you know you can use your library card to get discounts at museums? Follow this link to see available discounts:
Monday 11:00 - 6:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 6:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00
Thursday 11:00 - 6:00
Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 10:00 - 2:00
Summer Reading 2020
Wednesdays - 10:30-11:00
Story Time will be held on our Facebook page every Wednesday @ 10:30.
Library Board Meeting
3rd Monday - 7:00pm