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     Based on an abundance of caution, confirmed coronavirus cases in neighboring counties, and recent closing decisions by Governor Pritzker, Decatur Public Library closed at 8 PM March 16th, and will remain closed until April 1 unless the situation warrants an extension. This decision was made by the Decatur Public Library Board of Trustees.
This was a painful decision, but I am confident it is the right one. As a public library, we pride ourselves on being the heart of the community, the place where everyone gathers. And that is precisely why it is best for us to be closed right now.
     The science says that our best move is to minimize close-contact interactions. We can only do that by closing to the public. It’s a move that protects both you and our staff.
As a public service, we need to aim to deliver the most public good we can. With that in mind, the library has added two additional renewal periods, and has increased the number of electronic checkouts for each patron, Hoopla checkouts will be extended to 14 per month, and Kanopy to 20 per month.
     Unfortunately, holds and requests will be suspended until further notice.
Additionally, staff will be available to take reference questions by phone or email Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. In the coming days, library staff will be examining our ability to deliver other resources and services during this crisis.

Stay well,

Rick Meyer
City Librarian

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