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Good news, Home Delivery is expanding! Due to limitations created by the pandemic, patrons at higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus (defined by the CDC older adults and people with underlying medical conditions) and patrons who have no other means of safely getting physical materials from the library are being prioritized. This includes residents ages 60+, anyone who is immunocompromised, and families with children under the age of 5.
What else do I need to know?
- This service is free for Oak Park cardholders!
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What materials can I receive & when are deliveries made?
- You may request any materials currently available in the SWAN catalog and the interlibrary loan system through Home Delivery.
- Items checked out through Home Delivery have the same loan periods as regular checkouts. See loan rules »
- Deliveries are made weekly of available items you have placed on hold. Log in now to add new holds and manage existing holds »
Are there any related fees?
- No, there is no charge for this service.
- Oak Park cardholders do not receive late fees for overdue materials.
- Replacement fees are charged for lost or damaged items.
‘I couldn’t exist without library books’
A version of the following story originally appeared in the spring 2016 edition of The Storyline, the library’s quarterly publication that connects readers with people, places, and possibilities.
At each stage in her life, Roselyn Gieschen has found a niche at the library. It’s where she took her children to develop their love for books, where she’s enjoyed exhibits by local artists, and where she found books to fuel a quilting hobby.
“You could just stay in the library forever because there’s so much to learn,” she said.
Since Gieschen stopped driving, her visits to the Main Library have grown rarer. But thanks to the library’s Home Delivery Service, this former schoolteacher and Oak Park resident since 1957 remains an avid library user.
“I couldn’t exist without library books,” she said. “They take me to whatever environment the book is set in, and I get to live in that part of the world for a while.”
Gieschen’s home is just one stop on the route that longtime library volunteers Bill Crozier and Donna Bobco (also a library employee in Materials Services) drive every Friday.
Working as a team to meet community needs
They work as a team—one driving, the other lugging bags of books, DVDs, and magazines between the car’s trunk and patrons’ front doors. And while they make deliveries to Oak Park’s north side residents, another two volunteers tackle the south side route.
Most often, new bags are exchanged for old ones at patrons’ front doors. But at Gieschen’s building one Friday in December, they delivered the items in person. After a warm welcome and offers of just-baked peanut brittle, Gieschen opened her bag and pulled out a hardcover book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. “I’ve been waiting for this one!” she said.
Getting great recommendations
Gieschen said that while she had been waiting for the novel to arrive, which her book club was set to discuss the following week, a library assistant gave her a book of Doerr’s short stories to read in the meantime.
“So I got a flavor of what the author is like,” Gieschen said. “The suggestion was wonderful.”