Princeton Public Library Closure FAQs

Q: Is the library open? A: Princeton Public Library is CLOSED to the public UNTIL APRIL 7. During shelter-in-place, staff will not be available to answer calls or e-mail queries.

Q: I have books that are coming due. What do I need to do? A: Due dates for all checked out materials have been extended to April 7, and overdue feels will not accrue for the period during which we are closed.

The book drop is NOT open. Please hold ALL MATERIALS until the library reopens.

Q: I have a book on the holdshelf at the library/placed a hold on a book in the system. What about that? A: If we are holding an interlibrary loan book that you were not able to pick up before our closing, it will be here for you when we reopen. Pending holds requests made before March 17 after April 7. New holds requests will be suspended from March 17-April 7.

Q: I need WiFi access. What can I do? A: We know it’s not the best solution, but our WiFi is accessible from the parking lot, and you are welcome to utilize it.

Q: What can my family and I do for reading alternatives if we can’t come to the library? A: If you have Internet access at home, you can check out e-books and audiobooks with your Princeton Public Library card through Overdrive (desktop) or the Libby app (mobile). You may also find e-book selections on Axis-360 (eRead Illinois) and BiblioBoard. Click on the E-books tab above on the PPL website for links. We will be posting some online learning experiences on the library Facebook page that you can share with younger members of your family. We’ll also provide some links here on the website as we accumulate them.

Q: We have a Princeton library card and would like to use e-books, but our internet connection at home is minimal. Can we still download and read books when not online? A: If you can get online enough to download a title on Libby or Axis-360, you do not have to be connected to read it. An option is to drive by the library and park in the lot long enough to connect and download.