Library Services

Curbside Pickup by Appointment

The Main Library and Ellettsville Branch Library are offering curbside pickup by appointment. To reserve items, please place a hold through the Library’s online catalog. Please wait until you receive a notification that your hold is ready, then follow the provided instructions to schedule a pickup appointment time. Learn more about the process.

Schedule an Appointment

Hours

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 10 AM–4:30 PM
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30–7:30 PM
  • Sundays: 12:30–4:30 PM

Printing Services by Appointment

The Main Library and Ellettsville Branch Library are offering printing services by appointment during curbside pickup hours above. Printing is free with a limit of one request per week per patron. Each request can be a maximum of 20 double-sided pages. Learn more

Returns

The Ellettsville Branch Library and Main Library Kirkwood Avenue return slots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Main Library drive-up return slot is open during the curbside pickup hours shown above.

Wondering why the books you returned are still checked out to your account? The Library is following CDC and IMLS recommendations to quarantine materials. This, combined with an influx of returns and reduced workflows, is resulting in delays in checking in items. You may receive overdue notices after returning your items. Please don't worry about contacting the Library. They'll get checked in soon and you won't be charged any late fines

Library Phone and Chat Assistance

Have a question? Need help? The Library is offering phone and chat reference service during the curbside pickup hours (shown above). Outside of these hours, you can submit a message online or call (812) 349-3050 and leave a message.

COVID-19 Safeguards

The Library requires patrons and staff to wear a face-covering while on the premises. Disposable masks will be available for patrons who do not have one. For the limited staff in the buildings, the Library will follow guidance about the number of people per square foot, social distancing, and elevated sanitation practices. Library materials will be quarantined for four days after being returned. View all COVID-19 safeguards.

Bookmobile

The Bookmobile resumed its regularly scheduled routes on Monday, June 8. Please request your items through the online catalog or by calling (812) 349-3050 during the phone hours listed above. Given the limited space inside the Bookmobile, visitors will need to remain outside and will not be able to browse the collections. Wednesday morning stops have moved to a biweekly outreach van delivery service for facility residents only. View further details and routes.

Friends Virtual Bookstore Sale

While the Friends of the Library Bookstore remains closed, the Friends are bringing their bookshelves to the internet! Paperback books are $1.50 each and hardcover books are $3.00, or you can order a “blind date with a bag of books” by genre and get five surprise books for $5.00! Get more information and view the shelves.

Bookstore Donations

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is accepting donations at both the Main and Ellettsville Branch Library locations. The Main drive-up return slot is open during curbside pickup hours (shown above), and the Kirkwood Avenue walk-up and Ellettsville Branch return slots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items should go in the same return slots as Library materials. Larger donations (more than what may fit inside one reasonably-sized box), and/or delicate items, may be taken on a case-by-case basis by mburns [at] mcpl.info (subject: Bookstore%20Donation) (emailing Mike Burns) or calling (812) 349-3083.

Meeting Rooms

Currently, all physical Library locations remain closed until further notice. All public meeting rooms are closed through December 31, 2020 and reservations have been canceled.

Evolving Services

Details on expanded services will be forthcoming. Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan gives all of Indiana’s public libraries the ability to phase in services according to local needs, staff capacity, and the community’s situation. The Library’s decisions will continue to be informed by the Governor’s executive orders, recommendations and orders from the state and county health departments, guidelines from the CDC, and cooperative planning efforts with local organizations and public libraries. Learn more.

More Information

As more information is made available, this website and Library social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube) will be updated. You can also sign up for the Library newsletter for updates.