Library Updates

*********Update as of November 16, 2020 4:00 PM *********

Dear Chatham Area Public Library Community,

Considering recently released Illinois Department of Health guidelines and the current county spread of COVID-19, the Chatham Area Public Library will be returning to Contactless Curbside Service only, until further notice, beginning on Tuesday, November 17. 

We are committed to and will continue to keep the health and safety of our staff and community at the forefront of our decision making, and, as this is a rapidly changing situation, we will continue to review services and hours. Rest assured that we will communicate any changes via our website, E-Newsletter, and social media.

Contactless Curbside Pickup in 3 Easy Steps:

  • Order - Request your items through our online catalog, through our Request Form, or by calling the Library at 217-483-2713.
  • Call - Once you receive a notification (via email, text, or phone call) that your items are ready for pick up, just pull up near the Library’s main entrance, during our business hours, and give us a call at 217-483-2713 to let us know you’re here.
  • Pickup - Please stay in your car, pop your trunk or roll down your passenger or back window, and a staff member will place the items in your car.

Contactless Curbside Pickup Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For more information on Contactless Curbside Pickup, please visit our website at

Returning Items:

Our Outdoor Book Drop will remain open 24/7 to accept returns. You are welcome to return DVDs using the Outdoor Book Drop. For specialty item return, please call the Library at 217-483-2713 and a staff member will provide assistance. Please note that items will continue to be quarantined for several days after being checked in, and any fines accrued during that time will be waived. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide library services while keeping our community and staff as safe as possible during these unprecedented times.

Most sincerely,

Amy Byers

Chatham Area Public Library Director

*********Update as of June 26, 2020 8:00 AM *********

Dear Chatham Area Public Library District Community,

I am excited to update you on a Library service adjustment, recently approved by our Library Board of Trustees, that will begin on Monday, June 29, Lobby and Lab Access.

This stage of our tiered reopening plan will be in effect until further notice, and the details of this stage are as follows:

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Building Access - Our Lobby and Computer Lab areas will be open to the public. The rest of the building will remain closed during this stage. Patron capacity will be limited to 12 people (5 people in Lobby/Main Desk Area, 3 people in a Waiting Area, 4 people in the Computer Lab).
  • Services – The following services will be available during this stage:
    • Checkout and return of Library materials (Outdoor Book Drop open 24/7)
    • Notary services (by appointment)
    • Public computer use (30 minute time limit)
    • Printing, scanning, copying, and faxing services
    • Summer Reading prize pickup
    • Virtual programming
    • Optional curbside pickup of materials at scheduled times with appointments placed in advance
  • Safety - The safety of patrons and staff is the highest priority, and we are taking the following measures to try and ensure all parties are kept safe and healthy:
    • Staff will wear masks and maintain vigorous hand washing levels. Between each patron interaction, staff will clean their hands and disinfect surfaces.
    • Patrons will be required to wear masks while in the building.
    • Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be provided at entry.
    • High touch surfaces and restrooms will be disinfected regularly, and computers and equipment will be cleaned between each use.
    • Partitions, plexiglass, and floor markers will be used to help ensure protection and proper social distancing.

We are thrilled to be able to move into this stage and see you all in person, but we also recognize that this process is new and different to that which we are all accustomed. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and kindness as we move into this stage and prepare for the next stage of our reopening plan, which will allow for browsing of our materials.

We encourage you to continue to keep an eye out on our website at and Facebook page for updates. You’re always welcome to call us at 217-483-2713 or email us at [email protected] with any questions.


Amy Byers

Chatham Area Public Library Director

*********Update as of May 29, 2020 8:00 AM *********

Dear Chatham Area Public Library Community,

I am excited to update you on an upcoming library service adjustment that has recently been approved by our Library Board of Trustees. After much research, consideration, and consultation with the Sangamon County Department of Health, we have developed and will soon move into Phase II of our tiered reopening plan, a Contactless Curbside Pickup:

Phase II: June 3 – Until Further Notice

Scheduled Contactless Curbside Pickup:

During Phase II, patrons will be able to:

Order items available at the Chatham Area Public Library.

Ordering can be done using the library catalog, by calling the Library, or by filling out a request form that will be found on our website.

Schedule a time to pick-up the requested library items.Map showing route to enter, exit, and park during curbside pickup.

A library staff member will contact you to schedule a pick-up date and time. Our Contactless Curbside Schedule will be:

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM & 5-7:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 12-3:00 PM

Pick up your library items.

Come to the Library at your scheduled time, pull into a designated parking spot, and call the Library upon arrival. A staff member will bring the items out and place them onto a designated area after which you can exit your car to pick them up, take them home, and enjoy!


Our Book Drop will be open at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 12-7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 5-7:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 12-3:00 PM

Please note that additional dates and times may be added, depending on need and ability.

We are thrilled to be able to start putting library items back into your hands, but we also recognize that this process is new and different to that which we are all accustomed. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move through this together.

As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate and adjust our offerings as needed, always keeping the health and safety of our staff and community at the forefront of our decision making. Thank you so much for your support and please continue to keep an eye out on our website at and Facebook page for updates. You’re also welcome to call us at 217-483-2713 or email us at [email protected] with any questions .


Amy Byers

Chatham Area Public Library Director

*********Update as of May 22, 2020 8:00 AM *********

Dear Chatham Area Public Library Community, 

At this time, the Library is partially staffed and remains closed to the public, but we want to let you know that we are now able to move into Phase I of our reopening plan which includes:

1) A partial and scheduled opening of our Book Drop beginning on Tuesday, May 26 from 12-7:00 PM! Due to health and safety protocols we’ve developed involving our returned items, we will only have our Book Drop open during the following hours:

Tuesdays: 12-7:00 PM

Wednesdays: 10:00am-12:00pm & 5:00pm-7:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-12:00pm & 5:00pm-7:00pm

Saturdays: 12:00pm-3:00pm

2) The contacting of patrons with items currently on our hold shelf to schedule a curbside pickup time.

We are en route to moving toward Phase II, a Contactless Curbside service for all patrons, with an anticipated start date of June 3. We will certainly continue to provide updates and more detailed information regarding that in the upcoming days. 

Thank you and take care,

Amy Byers

Chatham Area Public Library Director

********Update as of May 12, 2020 9:00 AM *****************

Dear Chatham Area Public Library Community,

We want you to know that we hear you.

We are thankful that so many of you have missed the Library and want to know when we'll be back. We’ve missed you too! We’ve missed connecting with our friends and neighbors, and sharing our love of reading and learning with you in person.

We want to let you know what we're doing. Right now, we are working very hard on a tiered reopening plan that will best ensure the safety of our staff and community members. There are myriad health and safety considerations and processes to design when planning to receive and exchange library materials during this time. Staff and patrons will be coming into contact with and sharing library items with one another, and this contact, this exchange, means that we must be diligent in our design of curbside pickup and beyond for everyone's safety.

Please know that we are tirelessly working to determine the safest way to move forward. This work includes guidance from the experts at the American Library Association, Centers for Disease Control, our local Sangamon County Department of Health and other federal, state and local officials. We will continue to work on this and hope to have more information for you in the near future. Thank you for your patience and kindness, and please keep an eye out on our website at for updates.

Most Warmly,

Amy Byers, Library Director &

Michael Roubitchek, Board President 

********Update as of April 1, 2020, 9:30 AM ****************

Due to Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home Order extension, the Library's closure will extend through the end of April. Please note that this date could change, so please visit our website for updates. 

Although our doors are remaining closed, our Digital Library offerings are always open and we are here to help! You can find these offerings at, and, as always, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], through Facebook messages, or by leaving a voicemail at (217) 483-2713. Our responses may be slower than usual, but we will get back to you!

As a reminder, fines will not accrue during this time nor are we accepting any returns. Please hold onto and enjoy your library items, be safe, and take good care. We miss you all!

********Update as of March 20th, 2020, 7:30 PM ****************

Closure Extension After Governor's Stay at Home Order Announcement

Per Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home Order, the Library will be closed through April 7, 2020. Please know that although our doors are closed, we are open and here to help! Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], through Facebook messages, or by leaving a voicemail at (217) 483-2713. Our responses may be slower than usual, but we will get back to you!

Please don't worry about fines as they will not accrue during this time. Just hold onto your library items and be safe. Please check our website at for updates and take good care!

********Update as of March 15th, 2020, 7:00 PM ****************

Closure of the Chatham Area Public Library, beginning March 16th, 2020

Dear Chatham Area community members,

To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, The Chatham Area Public Library is following the Ball-Chatham School District in being temporarily closed to the public through Monday, March 30. We plan to reopen and resume normal services on Tuesday, March 31.  All programming, outreach, and meeting room bookings have been canceled as well. This includes the Library Board of Trustees meeting slated for Monday, March 16th. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and will reassess as new information becomes available. Closing the Library for an extended period to “flatten the curve,” is a difficult decision, but the health and safety of our community and staff are our first priority. We apologize for any inconvenience. According to the CDC, early actions to increase social distancing are the best way to contain COVID-19.

Using the Library:

  • All fines will be waived until further notice. Drop boxes for materials are closed, so please don’t return anything – just stay home and enjoy your materials longer.
  • Online services are available with your library card and PIN number.
  • Using our Books & More page on our website, you can download an eBook, audiobooks, plus stream films for all ages.
  • Our Wi-Fi will remain on and you are welcome to use it in our parking lot.
  • We will be sharing additional resources you can enjoy at home on our website and Facebook page while our building remains closed.

You can contact us via email or call and leave a message, and we will reply as soon as we can.

Please continue to check this page for updates:

We appreciate your understanding and we hope to see you in person soon!


Michael Roubitchek, Board President &

Amy Byers, Library Director

***********Update as of March 14th, 2020, 9:00 AM ********************

The Chatham Area Public Library continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak to ensure the library’s response is proactive and prioritizes public health while balancing the need for public services. At this time, the library remains open to the public with modifications to access and reduced services.

After much consideration of the guidelines provided by the CDC and Illinois Department of Health, the library is taking the following preventative actions to do our part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • ·         Public computers and library furniture will be available on a physically staggered basis in accordance with social distancing policies.
  • ·         The Jessica Hay Toddler Area is closed. All of the toys have been put away and the children's computers are not available. 
  • ·         Staff will continue increased sanitation efforts of materials and public spaces.
  • ·         No donations of materials will be accepted until further notice.
  • ·         We will extend the due dates for materials out for 4 weeks, with the potential of renewing them further if necessary. No fines will accrue during this time.


Dear Chatham Area Public Library Community,

We are actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 to respond with actions recommended by state and county public health officials. We are communicating closely with other Chatham-area organizations including leaders at Ball-Chatham School District and the Village itself. Right now, we do not plan to limit the Library’s hours, services or programming, but we recognize the situation may evolve quickly and require different responses. Please visit our website or our Facebook page for any updates.

The Library is currently taking preventative measures including:

  • Cleaning our library spaces each morning and throughout the day.
  • Using and making disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues available to everyone in multiple places throughout our buildings.
  • We have removed all soft toys from our children’s play area and will work to keep the play area clean.
  • Additional routine cleaning is happening for frequently touched surfaces in the Library, such as service desks, computer keyboards, countertops, and doorknobs.
  • We have shared specific instructions with our employees on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick.

We request that to support this effort of keeping our community, especially those more at risk for contraction, safe and healthy, that the following be considered:

When to stay home:

At any sign of sickness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms. Elderly patrons or people with health conditions that would make them vulnerable to the coronavirus should carefully consider whether they should come to the Library or attend our programming.

What to do when out in public spaces: 

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you need further information, we recommend the following resources:

Thank you all for taking care of yourselves and our community!


Amy Byers

Director, Chatham Area Public Library

COVID-19 Resources