Pandemic Response

The LME Library is open to the public with precautions.


The LME Library is at phase 4 of our reopening proceduresWe will continue to monitor the directives provided by federal, state and local officials and are committed to creating an environment that minimizes the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus). The following measures have been enacted to lower the risk to both our staff and our library users of exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus.


Facility Use Limitations (Updated August 17, 2021):

Facial Coverings: Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone over the age of 2 years old (vaccinated or not). If you cannot wear a mask, please contact us for curbside services. Call 309-385-4540 in advance for the fastest service.

Health Awareness: Patrons and staff are asked to be aware of their own health. If you feel unwell, please stay home. 

Hours of Operation: The library hours of operation as of 9/8/20 are Monday 9am-8pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Visit Duration: Users will be asked to minimize the time they spend in the building. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Furniture and toys have been removed to discourage gathering and lingering.

Hygiene Practices: Create social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible. Wash your hands with soap and water often or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Rooms & Programs: Only one study room is available to the public on a first-come; first-served basis. Library programming has online, outdoor, take & make kits, and limited attendance in-library programs. No meeting room reservations are being accepted.

Computer Use: Only certain public computers will be available for use.

Holds delivery: System-wide delivery of materials from other libraries restarted on June 29th


Alternatives to Library Visits

For patrons unable to enter public spaces, the library will continue to offer the following services: 

  • Curbside pickup: patrons may call 385-4540 or email requests This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and arrange for a pickup time.
  • Computer usage: there is a laptop with printing capabilities available for curbside use. Please call the library at 385-4540 to arrange an appointment.
  • Online services are available through the library’s website. These include ebooks, eaudios, subscription databases, and other online resources.

Returned materials are not being quarantined at this time. Fines for overdue/late return resumed being charged in May 2021. Please contact the library if you need any due dates extended.


We appreciate your patience and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. According to the CDC, three actions can help protect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wear a mask that completely covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of face without gaps. Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart from others who do not live in your household). Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. As we continue our reopening procedures, we will continue to monitor government recommendations.


You can continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; learning a language; and much more. Stay connected with us on social media like facebook for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time. We look forward to seeing you online and in-person again soon.



The library has created a resource list and will continue to add to it as more resources are located. We have put it on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES


Our first post regarding the novel coronavirus on our Librarian's blog was on March 10, 2020


What LME Library is doing to help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases:

We are currently following the recommendations in Restore Illinois and guidelines set forth by the Centers for disease Control (CDC) and the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD). We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) guidelines for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.


What you can do to help:

Your help is greatly appreciated to help minimize the spread of disease. Here are some simple steps you can take to help.

  1. Continue limiting in-person contact with others and expand social contact cautiously.
  2. Get vaccinated as soon as you are able.
  3. Practice social distancing and wear a mask in public.
  4. Wash hands frequently using the World Health Organzation (WHO) video on hand washing.
  5. Practice good hygiene by regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.  
  6. Cover your coughs or sneezes.
  7. Stay home if you are sick or have sick family members at home.

There are additional practices in this handout from the CDC on how to protect yourself and others.


We'll continue to keep the public informed as mitigation measures change. Stay safe and stop the spread.