The Library will be open for browsing without appointments beginning Monday, June 7 with newly extended hours: Monday-Thursday: 10-8 Friday-Saturday: 10-5 Sunday: Closed
Curbside services will continue during the hours of: Monday-Saturday 10-5.
Due to social distancing requirements, the building capacity will be limited at 20% (or about 50 visitors at one time) and patrons will be asked to limit their visits to one hour or less. Masks will be required indoors for unvaccinated patrons over 2 years old and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. As always, if you’re experiencing coughing, fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms, please do not visit the library.
We’re looking forward to a summer of fun and educational events for all ages, both outdoors and virtual. Welcome back to the Plain City Public Library!
Why are libraries the tallest buildings in the world? Because they have so many stories!
Calling all budding comedians: share your best library or book-themed joke with us! Kids ages 5-12 will get the chance to read their joke on the library’s new phone recording.
To enter your joke, click on the link below to fill out the contest form. Contest begins on June 4, 2021 and ends at 9 p.m. on June 16, 2021. Winners will be chosen by Plain City Public Library staff. Winners will be contacted by telephone or email on or before June 21, 2021 to make voice recording arrangements. A legal guardian must sign a consent release form in order to participate. Jokes will be recorded into a sound file that will be played as part of the library’s “on hold” recording. Winners will also receive a keepsake bookmark with a link to the sound recording.
Download the Plain City Public Library’s new mobile app to use library services and access information…anytime, anywhere!
The user-friendly design allows you to access the library’s e-resources, use an eCard version of your library card, access all of the library’s digital content providers, and much more.
Mobile App Features
Manage your account by logging in with your library card number and PIN
Renew materials, place and manage holds, and check your account balance
Use your eCard to check out materials at the library
Browse and reserve Recommended Reads
Search our catalog, place holds, find similar items and locate a copy to pick up from our library or any library within the Central Library Consortium.
Check out our social media platforms
Book a Room for a meeting or study session
Access our Digital Collection in one convenient location. Borrow or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, and magazines from OverDrive, Freegal, Flipster, BookFlix and hoopla. Access online learning with CreativeBug and LinkedIn Learning and a variety of other online resources.
Search for, discover, and register for one of our many events! See events by date and add them to your calendar or share them with your friends on social media.
See a book that looks interesting? Scan an ISBN barcode from the back of a book to see if a copy is available at the library.
Volunteers will be at the following locations handing out shelf stable meals each week. Any child or student will receive five meals. The child need not be present, but federal regulations now require us to collect the names of recipients. A special thank you to our partners Children’s Hunger Alliance, D.N.A. Community Center, Maranatha Community Fellowship, and Journey Community Church.
In these trying times, we are updating and changing our services so that we can continue to enhance the quality and enjoyment of life for you, our patrons. Below is a list of services that we have added or altered to continue serving you while the library building is closed.
Appointments Available for Browsing and Computer Use
Unless either Madison or Union County reach a Level 3 Public Emergency as defined by the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, our facility is currently open by appointment only. You can make an appointmentfor browsing or computer use through our website or by calling the circulation desk. Please be advised of the following guidelines when visiting the library:
Wear a mask if you are able.
Follow social distancing guidelines by staying 6ft. apart from people outside your group.
Plan to spend less than 30 minutes inside the building.
Keep your children with you at all times.
Wash and sanitize hands often.
For curbside services, we ask that you call us at (614) 873-4912 ext. 121 before coming to the library. This will give us time to prepare for your services needs, gather any supplies that we need for you, and to check out items to you so that they are ready when you arrive. Below are examples of curbside services that are available. This is not a complete list of services, so please call the library with any service needs that you have, and we will try to accommodate those needs.
Hold Pick-Up: Patrons may pick up their held materials curbside. To use this service, place your holds online or over the phone. Once you receive notification that the holds are ready, come to the library parking lot, call our circulation desk, and we will bring the items to you. Click here for a video tutorial on how to place local holds.
Faxes, Copies, and Prints may also be picked up or dropped off curbside. If you can email us a scan of your fax to send for you, we prefer that method. All prints must be sent via our mobile printing service, and you may pick them up curbside. For information on how to send a mobile print, visit our mobile printing page. For either of these services, please call before you come to the library and again once you arrive curbside.
Use Library Wi-fi in the Parking Lot on Personal Devices: We’ve worked to extend our wifi access further into the areas around the library, including the parking lot. Please feel free to use the library’s wi-fi in the parking lot on your personal devices.
Tax Form Pick-Up
Current Curbisde Service Hours are: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Closed Sunday
Homebound Patron Delivery Program
The Plain City Public Library offers item delivery to a limited number of senior, homebound, and self-quarantining patrons. Patrons interested in this program will need to complete the Homebound Delivery Request Form or contact our Patron Services Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-873-4912 ext. 130.
If a patron is accepted into the program, a monthly delivery (up to 10 items) will be delivered to the household. Each month, the library will retrieve items from the previous month and deliver new items on a recurring basis until the household requests that the service be stopped. Please contact our Public Services Librarian with questions about the program or to request deliveries.
Your Personal Librarian
We are happy to select books and other materials for our patrons during our closure due to COVID-19. We ask for 24 hours notice and a limit of 10 items per patron per pickup. Patrons can request collections for pickup as often as they like. Click here to get started.
Join us on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter for LIVE Online Storytime on Mondays at 10:30am and an online Bedtime Storytime on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Visit our Storytime page for details.
Temporary Access Cards
If you do not currently have a Plain City Public Library card, you may register for a temporary card to request items and use online resources. Temporary cards will expire after 30 days if not updated to permanent status. Please follow the instructions below to create your temporary card. When you are able, please bring a state-issued ID and proof of address to the circulation desk at the library during open hours to have your temporary card updated to a permanent card.
1. Click here to get started 2. Follow the prompts to complete registration. Once your registration is complete, be sure to make note of your temporary barcode on the confirmation page as well as the PIN you used to create your account.
If you forget your barcode or PIN, please call the library at 614-873-4912 ext. 121.
Keeping the Facility and Materials Clean
Your health is of utmost importance to us. While want to keep providing service to the community, we also want to do as much as we can to keep the library safe and to keep you, your family, and our staff healthy. To do so, we are attending to the following cleaning procedures:
Wiping down all phones, door handles, and countertops between use by staff members
Requiring staff members to take their temperatures before coming into their assigned shift each day
Decreasing the number of staff in the building at a time and maintaining a social distance between staff members in the building of at least 6ft
Wiping down all outgoing materials with Clorox disinfecting wipes. Incoming materials will be quarantined to preserve cleaning materials
Maintaining 6ft distance when providing curbside services
Cleaning Supplies Needed
We are running low on hand sanitizer, aerosol disinfect sprays, and disinfecting wipes. These items are crucial for the library to continue providing services, open or closed. We still have some left, but our supplies are dwindling, and we are on our last bottle of aerosol spray.
We use the sprays and wipes to sanitize our items for checkout as well as our public and staff technology equipment. The hand sanitizer helps staff and patrons keep their hands clean throughout the day. If you have any extra of these cleaning supplies that you can spare, please consider donating them to the library. You can drop them off M-F, between the hours of 10am-5pm. Thank you for your support!
Reference Questions, Zoom-A-Librarian, and Other Needs
We are all here to help you during this time. Please don’t hesitate to call us Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm or contact us online for any needs, concerns, or questions you may have. If we cannot help you directly, we may be able to connect you with an organization or resource that can. To schedule a Zoom meeting with a librarian, please call 614-873-4912 ext. 131.
State, Federal, and Worldwide COVID-19 Resources
If you lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are essential job positions available. Visit OhioMeansJobs to view job-help resources.