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Library to return to regular hours of operation May 14


Since December, construction work has been underway to bring the Park Ridge Public Library building into life safety code compliance. To allow for work to happen inside the building – including installation of a new sprinkler system, a new electrical service and new water service – the Library has not been able to open until 2 p.m. on weekdays, and the first floor was closed to the public, since the December 21. Departments were condensed in order to fit onto the second floor. On Monday, May 10, the main entrance and first floor reopened to the public. Beginning Friday, May 14, the library will return to its normal operating hours: 

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Masks are required inside the Library for all patrons. Patrons are encouraged to refer to the latest CDC guidelines regarding mask wearing for vaccinated people.

While some behind the scenes work is still being completed, both floors of the building are open, and the Touhy doors will return to being an emergency exit only. The first floor, including the Children’s department and the main entrance, opened Monday, May 10. Seating will now be accessible on both floors of the building, though study rooms and meeting rooms are not available.

Though the return to the original hours of operation is a step toward normalcy, the Library will continue to follow mitigations in place under the Restore Illinois plan. Masks and social distancing are still required.

In the Children’s department, take-home kits will be available but iPads, toys, the playhouse and train table are not. 

More details about what is available can be found on our Visit Us page

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