Contact Free and Virtual Services Only

Service Update in Response to Medina County COVID-19 Purple Designation

Dec. 3, 2020

Medina County District Library announces Contact Free and Virtual Services Going Forward. Service Hours Remain Unchanged.

Due to Medina County’s designation as “purple” on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, and in an effort to protect staff and patrons, Medina County District Library will be open for Curbside and Anytime Locker Service pick-up only beginning Friday, December 4. Library staff continue to be available by phone and chat during service hours. Anytime Locker Service is the only pick-up option at Seville Library. 

There will be no entry into the buildings for services.

Library service hours remain the same: 
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed Sundays

Book drops will remain open at all locations. Patrons are required to follow social distancing guidelines when picking up materials.

Many options are available to continue library service.

  • Reserve materials through the online catalog at mcdl.info or on the CLEVNET app. When items become available a staff member will contact you to arrange for pick up.
    Choose MCDL locations as your only borrowing option to access materials available on our shelves and get items more quickly.

  • Visit mcdl.info to access the eMedia collection and research and online learning opportunities.  If you don’t already have a library card, get an eCard to access these online services.

  • Contact Us anytime by email. Use our live Chat or call by phone for Reference services during all open hours. 

  • Interact with Virtual Events anytime on YouTube and Live Events via Zoom; including storytimes,  family activities, and author and reading events. 

  • Free fiber-fast Wi-Fi is boosted outside library buildings into our parking lots for use 24/7.  Wi-Fi Hotspots may be reserved, when available, by phone or email at your branch. Select Tools & Tech items may be requested at the Medina Library. These technologies must be picked up through Curbside Service. Late fees may apply. 

  • Medina Library’s Family History and Learning Center continues to offer banner printing and 3D Printing. Patrons may email projects to makerspace@mcdl.info, pay online, and pick projects up through Curbside service.  Learn more at mcdl.info/Makerspace.  
    Virtual Genealogy 1-on-1 appointments are available by video call to assist with your research.  Email me-team.genealogy@mcdl.info to schedule.   

  • Find out if you qualify for Outreach Services with Residential Delivery, Books by Mail or pick-up service by a family member or friend.

  • Remote printing is available with contact-free document pick-up.  Call your local branch during service hours to arrange. 

  • Book donations to the Friends of the Library cannot be accepted at this time.  Book sales are also suspended.  Once our libraries reopen to the public the Friends ongoing sales and donations at the Medina Library only may resume. 

Learn more and watch a video about how to utilize Curbside and Anytime Locker service. 
For the latest about COVID-19 and its effects on your community at coronavirus.ohio.gov 

 

A Message from the Director

Nov. 24, 2020

Medina County District Library announces revised mask protocol for patrons.

Because of rising COVID infections in our community, effective November 30, 2020, all patrons ages five and older must wear a cloth mask covering their mouth and nose when visiting Medina County District Library locations.

The library will provide a mask to any patron who enters the building without one. There will be self-serve mask supplies available in the entrance of each library. Staff may also approach a patron and offer a mask upon entry.

For patrons who are not able to wear a mask or choose not to wear one, there are other service options:

  • Call your library location to request Curbside or Locker pickup of your library items.
  • Visit mcdl.info to access the eMedia collection and research and online learning opportunities.  If you don’t already have a library card, get an eCard to access these online services.
  • Contact Us by email or live Chat for Reference services.
  • Free fiber-fast Wi-Fi is boosted outside library buildings into our parking lots for use 24/7.
  • Find out if you qualify for Outreach Services  with Books by Mail or pick-up service by a family member or friend. 

MCDL Director, Julianne Bedel says, “This is an effort to keep our libraries open. Staff is taking every precaution to avoid exposure and continue to be at work to serve our patrons.  Masks, 6-foot distancing, and cleaning practices have been mandatory for staff since we reopened in June. Now we are asking our patrons to join us in this safety effort going forward - with their masks on.”

Bedel says this decision was made in response to the Medina County Health Department’s Heath Advisory issued November 19, Medina County’s continued designation as a Red county with high incidence of community spread, and the warnings of further spread with cold weather and holiday seasons looming.

For more information and updates visit mcdl.info and choose We Are Open for the Statement on Health and Safety.

 

Library FAQ

What is MCDL doing to keep staff and the public safe?

Read our COVID-19 Statement on Health and Safety to learn the measures being taken for cleanliness, social distancing, and what we advise members to do upon your return.

What are your open hours?

MCDL has expanded open hours.
Monday, Wednesday   10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday   12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday   10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Closed Sundays
The first hour of each day is encouraged for vulnerable populations.

When are the Book Drops open?

Walk-up book drops are always open at all libraries. Additionally, the drive-up book drop at Medina and Brunswick will be open every Friday at 3:00 pm through 8:30 am Monday morning. This is to ensure the 4 day quarantine recommendation for all library materials before processing at our high-volume libraries.

Which services are not returning right away?

All library events, play areas, meeting rooms, Bookmobile stops, and public Friends of the Library book sales are suspended until further notice. The Friends are accepting donations of used books at the Medina Library only.

Will my library items be overdue or considered lost due to the library closing?

MCDL is a Fine Free library. Even with auto renewals, items checked out before the March closing have reached their limit and will be charged as lost.  You will receive a bill for items 21 days past the due date. If you have questions about your borrowed materials check your account online at mcdl.info or call your local library.

Do you offer contact-free materials pick up?

Yes. Call your library to take advantage of Anytime Lockers or Curbside Service for your holds or reserved items pickup. Anytime Lockers are available 24/7. Curbside Service is available at all locations, except Seville, during library open hours.

Can I place a hold in the online catalog?

Yes.  You can request items from most libraries through the CLEVNET catalog.

I need Reference Help but don’t want to come to the library, what are my options?

Ask Reference questions during open hours by calling your library or by chat. Email questions or requests for your specific branch as well.