We are excited to announce that our Downtown, Klondike, Wea Prairie and Wyandotte buildings of The Tippecanoe County Public Library (TCPL) are open to visitors!

Here’s what you need to know!

Our hours have changed:

Library Branches and Curbside Pickup hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

All TCPL branches are closed on Sunday.

To help folks return to TCPL buildings, here are likely questions and answers:

• What can I expect?

Browse and go” is the quickest way to describe it. To help maintain social distancing, 75 visitors may be in the Downtown Library at one time. Branches may welcome up to 25 visitors at one time. Once people find what they need and leave, other people may enter and browse.

• Do “Curbside Pickups” continue?

Yes. Curbside services continue until further notice.

• Is someone available to explain the changes and answer questions?

Yes. A staff member will greet customers as they enter the buildings, hand out masks, and offer tips and guidance. Masks are required and available. Most checkout desks feature new Plexiglas stands to protect customers and staff.

• Are all the entry doors open?

No. The South Street entry at the Downtown Library is closed. Customers will enter and exit at Alabama Street. There is a single entry at the branches, so customers need to stay at least 6-feet apart as they enter and leave. We also have markers on the ground at the desks to help with social distancing.

• Where do my items that need returned go?

All items for return will need to go in the outside drop boxes at each building or at our Payless Grocery store drop boxes. We will continue to quarantine items for 24-28 hours before removing them from accounts.

• Are all public areas open again?

Many, but not all areas are open. There may be some changes in high-traffic areas, and all changes will be clearly marked. The restrooms are open, but the drinking fountains cannot be used for now. Public meeting rooms are not yet available.

• Did you re-arrange things?

Yes. To encourage social distancing, some chairs and computers were removed. No toys and touchscreen devices in the youth areas are available.

• Will I be able to use a computer and print?

Yes. Our computers and printing are available. We have removed access to some computers to be able to maintain social distance. Please stop by the desk before heading to a computer. Staff will assist with getting you logged on.

• Have the magazine and newspaper areas changed?

Yes. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, print periodicals are not available for now. TCPL downloadables are available online 24/7. They include most of the leading magazines for a variety of ages.

• Will the study rooms be open?

No. Not at this time.

• What other precautions are you taking?

Library staff will sanitize high-touch surfaces. Signs make it clear masks are required and available. If someone declines to wear a mask and will wait outside, library staff will see if the items are available for checkout and deliver them via walk up or drive up curbside services.

• What is TCPL’s vision for 2020-2021?

State Government guidelines include public libraries. Our challenge will be to help everyone explore, enjoy, and enrich their lives while staying safe. In recent weeks, we have cultivated new skills, employed ingenuity, and adapted to necessary changes. Essentially, our 2020-2021 plan is to maintain appropriate safety measures, promote reading, lifelong learning, and foster fun for all ages!