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The Barrington Area Library will temporarily close starting Monday until further notice due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Cook and Lake counties, officials said.

Library cardholders will continue to have access to parking lot pickup, borrow by mail, and delivery to remote locker locations (if the locations remain open).

Online programs will continue. Cardholders also have 24/7 access to digital collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers; streaming movies, TV shows and music; and downloadable music.

People can apply for or renew a library card online. For more information call (847) 382-1300 or visit balibrary.org.

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The Barrington Area Library recently issued the following release:

“Our phased reopening plan specifies Monday, July 27, as our official reopening date. For the first phase of reopening, expect to find:

  1. full browsing access to books and movies for adults, teens, and children – technology equipment will also be available for checkout;
  2. Parking Lot Pick-Up and indoor hold pick-up;
  3. friendly, professional assistance and expertise from our staff, keeping social distancing standards in mind;
  4. all staff and visitors wearing face coverings, in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s mandate and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines;
  5. a clean and welcoming environment, sanitized to industry standards.

Full details coming soon, so watch our website, our social media channels, and our e-mail newsletters for information.”

Editorial note: It’s yet to be announced if property taxpayers will be credited for the over four months the facility has been closed.

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During these challenging times, we’re doing all we can to provide Library materials, services, and expertise to you and your household. While the Library building remains closed until further notice, we’re expanding and enhancing the ways we serve you digitally and in person.

Try our new Parking Lot Pick-Up service!

Parking Lot Pick-Up is an easy, convenient, and safe way for you to borrow books and other materials from the Barrington Area Library. Here’s how it works. 

  1. Search the online catalog for books and movies.
  2. Place requests on items you’d like to borrow. If you already have items on hold, those requests will be automatically changed to Parking Lot Pick-Up requests. Note that items may only be picked up at the main Library at this time. Also, Interlibrary Loan service is unavailable until further notice.
  3. Watch for an e-mail or text notification when the items are ready for pick-up. Come to the Library during Parking Lot Pick-Up hours: Monday – Friday, 1 – 5 PM.
  4. Park in a designated pick-up spot (near the book return), call the number on the sign, and tell us the number of your parking spot. Have your Barrington Area Library card number ready when you call. Walking or biking, or don’t have a mobile phone? Come to the pick-up table outside the building and follow posted instructions.
  5. A staff member will check out your materials and deliver them to your vehicle.
  6. Enjoy your Library materials, and rest assured: our building has been disinfected to EPA standards, and our staff equipped with PPE/social distancing training and equipment. Health and safety remain our highest priorities.

Questions? E-mail or chat with our Customer Service representatives, Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM. .

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