we are openAnnouncing New Business Hours!


New Hours Effective Monday, September 14:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday -- 9 a.m. -5 p.m. 

Tuesday/Thursday --  3-7 p.m.

Saturday -- 12-5 p.m.

Sunday --  Closed

Curbside pickup only: Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.;  Saturday 9-11 a.m.


We are welcoming patrons into the library building, but with limited capacity, hours and services. Keep in mind this could change depending on COVID-19 statistics in our area and state guidelines. Since items you return are quarantined for a time, you may not see them come off your account for several days. If the timeframe goes beyond one week, please give our Circulation Department a call. Also, we're still not able to provide study or work areas for long stretches of time. You may bring in your own laptop/tablet, or use one of our public computers, but we are limiting use of either to one hour per day. We're doing this to keep everyone safe and healthy. Feel free to use our free wi-fi immediately outside our building. The signal is strongest along the north side of the building and the network is called MPLD_Patron. No password is required.


Safety First

Here’s what we require of anyone coming into the library:

  • All patrons age 2 and up should wear a face covering. If you are unable to wear a face covering, we can provide service through curbside pickup.
  • All patrons must observe social distancing guidelines -- please follow the signage throughout the library.
  • Due to limited capacity, we have removed soft seating to discourage lingering or gathering.
  • We’ve removed shopping baskets due to concerns about infection spread.
  • We have hand sanitizer stations throughout the library.
  • And, of course, if you have any COVID-19-related symptoms, please stay home.


Services We Are Currently Offering

  • Public computers – request a guest pass at the Questions Desk. There will be a time limit of 1 hour per day. Computers have been spaced apart for social distancing.
  • Printing, copying, faxing and scanning – please use a credit/debit card, have exact change or small bills. Staff cannot exchange large bills for small ones.
  • Grab ‘n go browsing and checking out of items, including picking up your holds. Please use self-checkout stations for contact-free checkout.
  • Return items to the bins in the north parking lot; no inside returns are allowed.
  • Curbside pickup of items requested will continue but with new hours (see above)
  • Youth and Adult Services program kits will be available to take home.
  • Summer Reading Program -- If you've earned a free book (courtesy of the Friends of the Library), please pick it up at the Questions Desk.
  • Programs, storytimes and book discussions will continue virtually (see our online Events Calendar).
  • Library card registration at Checkout Desk (bring a photo ID). If you got a temporary library barcode while we were closed, come in with your photo ID to get a new physical card.
  • Paperback exchange is open, but patrons may only return them in the outside bins. We're not accepting donations of paperbacks for the exchange.
  • Our vending machines are available, but no food/drink is allowed inside the library, and payment is by credit/debit card or exact change.


Services Not Yet Available

  • Inside returns
  • On-site programs
  • Use of meeting and study rooms
  • Studying or tutoring at our tables
  • Use of kids’ Discovery Hub
  • Book donations


Safety Precautions We’re Taking

  • We are limiting people in the building according to state guidelines.
  • We have increased cleaning, particularly in high contact areas. Front restrooms are open; back ones closed. Drinking fountains taken out of service.
  • Plexiglas sneeze guards have been added to the Checkout Desk. 
  • Staff is required to wear face coverings while in the library and must answer a COVID wellness questionnaire before clocking in.



General Questions and Answers

Can I place a hold on items over the phone? Yes. Call us at 815-385-0036, Ext. 2, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also use our new chat service on our website.

How do I return library items? Please return your library items in the temporary book return bins in the northwest portion of our parking lot. Do not return items to staff members at curbside pickup.

What if I have a Roku or Wifi Hotspot to return? Can those be put in the bins? Yes, all library items can be placed in the return bins – including Rokus and Hotspots. Use either bin – we have a second bin out there for overflow. You will not be charged a fee for returning a Roku or hotspot in the book drop instead of at the Questions Desk.

What if I have holds already waiting for me at the library? We will call those patrons and ask if they still want their holds. If so, we’ll schedule curbside pickup; if not, the item will be checked in and available for others to check out.

Do I need a library card to use curbside pickup? You do need to have a registered library card in our system to place holds and request curbside pickup. The card can be from our library or another in our consortium. However, you will not need the physical card to pick up your holds. All items will be checked out to you before you pick them up. 

What if I have fines on my account? For patrons who had late fees on their account that blocked checkout privileges before the library closed to the public (March 15, 2020), we are overriding that block so those patrons can check out items. The exception will be late fees of more than $75 or more than 2 lost items. No fines have accrued since we closed in March.

What if I don’t have a mobile phone? How can I let you know I’m in the curbside pickup area? If you do not have a mobile phone to alert us that you are at the library to pick up your items, please notify us ahead of time via a landline call or via email, and we will make special arrangements for your pickup.

What if I miss or have to change my pickup time? If you miss or have to change your pick-up time, call 815-385-0036, Option 1, to reschedule. Items that have been scheduled and are not picked up will be cancelled after 2 days. Please do not come to pick up materials without a scheduled/confirmed time slot.

What if it is raining or we have bad weather? We will do our best to provide pickup service in any weather. Should dangerous weather conditions arise, we will suspend services until it is safe. We will contact patrons as soon as possible to avoid complications. Items will be in plastic bags to protect them, protect your privacy, and to limit physical contact with the items.

Are library items safe to use? All MPLD materials will be quarantined for a time before they are checked in and made available to others for checkout. We are following the guidelines set forth by our library system, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). However, no industry organizations can make any medical/scientific safety guarantees regarding library materials. It will be up to the individual patron to determine their comfort level using library materials.

What are you doing to protect the safety of patrons and staff? See our quarantine guidelines in the answer above, plus the library is providing staff with PPE (personal protective equipment). The library will continue to follow the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines. Curbside pickup will be no-contact, where both patrons and staff maintain social distancing protocol and follow all MPLD procedures for such service.



Library Cards and e-Services Available with Your Library Card

Did you know you can access our virtual library 24/7 from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet or smart phone? You'll need a library card number to download e-content and to use most of our e-services. Our virtual library includes eBooks, music, audiobooks, movies & TV, magazines & newspapers, learning opportunities, DIY, curated research materials, local & family history, and much more. If you're new to our virtual library and are wondering where to start, here's how to access our digital content and virtual resources, and get a library card.


Virtual Programming

We're offering virtual programsstorytimes and tutorials. Some of our virtual programs require an email address when registering. Some are live, and some recorded on our YouTube Channel.


Have a Question? Need Help?

If you have a question about library services, our digital collection or your library account, chat with us through our website, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., leave us a message on our Facebook page, or leave us a voicemail at our main phone number -- 815-385-0036.


Services and Resources for Children

  • For those of you with young children, our wonderful youth librarians have put together this list of online resources so you and your child can continue the storytime fun at home! Also, here'sgreat e-book that explains the virus in simple terms for kids.

  • We've put together a list of free online resources for all ages, from storytimes to music to virtual field trips to creative projects.


Library WiFi Access 24/7

Our free wifi network is available in our parking lot close to the building 24 hours a day. The name of it is "MPLD Patron."


Meeting Rooms Closed

All public meeting rooms are closed until further notice, and reservations have been canceled. 


More Information

As more information is made available, this website and our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) will be updated. You can also sign up for the library's e-newsletter for updates.


Resources from Officials
If you’d like more information about the coronavirus, McHenry County, state and federal health agencies regularly update their websites with current information.


Resources for Businesses

The city of McHenry has implemented a small business Microloan Program, an economic incentive program featuring short-term financing to help small businesses in these trying times. 

The McHenry County Dept. of Health has a web page dedicated to resources to help businesses through this pandemic, including information on the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.


Additional Information

Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of the Virus
The CDC states that the virus is mainly spread by droplets from people sneezing and coughing. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is why diligent hand washing and sanitizing are so important, as well as abiding by social distancing guidelines. The CDC advises the following measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If no soap and water are available, use a 60% or more alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are ill.

·         The library will start accepting returns of library items beginning Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m.

·         There will be two return bins in our northwest parking lot – follow the signs.

·         Returns will ONLY be accepted through the return bins -- our drive-thru return slot will be closed for the time being.

·         You have the entire month of June to return items (due dates were extended to July 1), so PLEASE DON’T RUSH TO RETURN YOUR ITEMS; otherwise our limited staff will be overwhelmed.

·         All returned items will be held in quarantine for 7 days before they are checked in.

·         We cannot accept any personal book donations, either through the return bins or during curbside pickup.