Princeton Public Library Closure FAQs

Q: Is the library open? A: UPDATED 3/31/20 According to Governer Pritzker’s shelter-in-place order, Princeton Public Library is extending its closure until further notice. 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: All due dates are extended until the library announces its reopening and no overdue fees will accrue during the closure. For non residents whose annual accounts would expire in March through May, your privileges have been extended until we are able to reopen so that you can take advantage of our digital libraries.

UPDATED 5/15/20 The book drop slots on the west side of the building are now open for returns. Returned items will be quarantined and sanitized before they are checked in and reshelved. No late fees will be charged to outstanding items.

Q: I have a book on the holdshelf at the library/placed a hold on a book in the system. What about that? A: UPDATED 3/31/20 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 and new holds requests will be suspended until further notice.

Q: I need WiFi access. What can I do? A: We know it’s not the best solution, but our WiFi is still on and 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 are seeing some significant increases in e-book circulation, as you’ll see by the figures below!

Axis360 statistics for March:
31 eBooks checked out (10 more checkouts than February)
26 eAudiobooks checked out (consistent with February checkouts)
Axis 360 statistics for April:
9 eBooks checked out as of 4/9/2020
18 eAudiobooks checked out as of 4/9/2020

3 new users in the past month.

OverDrive/OMNI/Libby statistics for March:
404 eBooks checked out (50 more checkouts than February)
212 eAudibooks checked out (40 more checkouts than February)
OverDrive/OMNI/Libby statistics for April:
167 eBooks checked out as of 4/9/2020
82 eAudiobooks checked out as of 4/9/2020

25 new users in the past month. (This is a huge jump.)

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.