CRAWFORD COUNTY LIBRARIES TO RESUME IN-LIBRARY SERVICE

Crawford County Federated Library System libraries will begin to resume in-library service as early as mid-August. Libraries in Meadville, Cochranton, Conneaut Lake, Conneautville, Saegertown, and Springboro will reopen their doors on Monday, August 17, 2020. Benson Memorial in Titusville will open for in-library service the following Monday, August 24th after completing renovations. The libraries in Cambridge Springs and Linesville will reopen on Monday, September 14th.

In preparation for a return to in-library service, the nine member libraries are redesigning and reconfiguring  their spaces to enable patrons to safely access library materials and services. The libraries remain dedicated to providing a safe environment for patrons and staff, as a result some services may be limited or discontinued at this time. 

Masks will be required at all locations. Library buildings will be sanitized on a regular basis, and all returned books will be quarantined as a precaution. CCFLS libraries will continue to waive all fines and late fees for the duration of the pandemic. Contactless pickup will still continue at most locations.

Listed below are the hours and services available at each CCFLS Library:

Benson Memorial Library – Opening to the public on Monday, August 24th

Hours: Mon & Wed: 11-7 ; Tues & Thurs 9-5 ; Fridays (reserved for contactless lobby pickup) 9-5 ; Saturday hours to be added later in fall.

All library services available except meeting rooms. Browsing, checkout, digital newspaper reading, copying, printing, faxing are permitted.

Occupancy limited to 20 people in the building at a time. Patrons are asked to limit their browsing to 30 minutes and their computer use to 60 minutes.

Cambridge Springs Public Library – Opening to the public on September 14th.  

Hours: M, W, F Noon-5pm; T, TH 2-7pm; Sat 10am-2pm

All services will be available; no meeting room use.

Cochranton Area Public Library – Opening to the public on Monday, August 17th

Hours: Mon & Wed: 2-7; Tu & Th: 9-5; Fri: 9-3; Sat: 9-4

All library services will be available, however public computer use will be by appointment only.  “No contact” porch  pickup (by appointment) will continue to be offered for those patrons  wishing to use it and as long as weather allows.  The community room will remain closed.

Linesville Community Library – Opening to the public on Monday, September 14th. 

Hours: Monday 9-1, Wednesday 2-6 Friday 9-1. 

All services except in house programming.

Meadville Public Library – Opening to the public on Monday, August 17th

Hours: Mon – Fri 9AM – 6PM and Sat 9AM-1PM

All reading materials are available for checkout. Computers and print services are available. Faxing is available by appointment. All meeting spaces are closed.

Occupancy limited to 25 people in the building at a time. Patrons are asked to limit their browsing to 30 minutes and their computer use to 30 minutes. Curbside service will continue.

Shontz Memorial Library – Opening to the public on  Monday, August 17, 2020

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:15-5:15, by appointment only. 

Tuesday and Thursday: 11:15-4:30, walk in service (limited to 4 patrons at a time).

All reading materials are available for checkout. Computers and printing services are available. Faxing is available by appointment. Occupancy is limited to 4 patrons at a time. Patrons are asked to limit their time in the library to 15 minutes per appointment. Special appointments  are available for high risk patrons and those who require additional assistance. Curbside service will still be available.

Saegertown Area  Library – Opening to the public on  Monday, August 17, 2020

Hours: Monday 10 -5,  Wednesday, Thursday 12 -7, Friday, Saturday 9 -1 

Open  for browsing and checkout of all materials, computer use, and copy/printing/fax. Appointments strongly suggested. Space will be limited to no more than 10 people in the building at one time. Lobby pickup will continue as well.

Springboro Public Library – Opening to the public on Monday, August 17th

Hours: Mon-Thu 12PM-7:30PM, Fri 12PM-4PM, and Sat 9AM-1PM (September Saturdays 9AM-4PM)

All regular services will be available.

Stone Memorial Library – Opening to the public on Monday, August 17th 

Hours: Mondays & Fridays 1pm – 6pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-6pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm

All library services including faxing, and copying, and  materials browsing will be available. Appointments will be strongly encouraged for computer use. Curbside Pickup Service will continue to be offered.

CRAWFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES OFFER DIGITAL MAGAZINES

Starting this week, Crawford County Federated Library System users will now have free online access to hundreds of digital magazines. The magazines can be accessed through the RBdigital app or website found at ccfls.rbdigital.com. Access to the magazines is unlimited with no loan periods, holds, or limits to the number of magazines checked out. Library users can download and read a wide variety of periodicals, including The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and Newsweek to their phone, tablet, or computer. 

In addition, the magazines, CCFLS’ ebook and audiobooks collection is also set to expand in the coming weeks. Thanks to a partnership with libraries in Erie and New Castle, the digital book collection available on Overdrive will nearly triple in numbers. That entire collection can be accessed by visiting ccfls.overdrive.com.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted in-person service at libraries across Pennsylvania, and Crawford County libraries are doing everything they can to increase access during these times. The new magazine collection comes as a part of a broader CCFLS initiative to expand its digital services and joins a collection of thousands of other free ebooks and audiobooks available to anyone with a CCFLS library card. For more information about CCFLS or to explore all the available online resources visit ccfls.org.

CRAWFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE PHASED REOPENING PLAN STARTING JUNE 15

Meadville PA – The Crawford County Federated Library System will begin limited library service starting Monday June 15, 2020.

In preparation for the return of limited library service, the nine member Libraries are currently instituting social distancing and designing services to limit personal contact to allow patrons to safely access and use library materials  For example, all returned materials are quarantined to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to staff and/or future library users.

All library materials checked out prior to the COVID-19 related closure will have an extended due date of July 1, 2020.  No fines or late fees have been issued for those materials which were unable to be returned during the pandemic.  Patrons may return items to the book drops of all nine member libraries. 

The Crawford County Federated Library System will follow a three-phased plan that allows each member library to offer those services which it believes is in the best interest of their respective communities.   The three phases are curbside, lobby service, and access to the library with appropriate social distancing protocols in place.

With curbside or lobby service library users will be able to reserve materials online through the library catalog or by calling the library. Pickup will be available either at designated curbside locations or in the lobbies of the individual libraries.  Hours for the call-in and pickup service will vary by library; see below to find the respective times, procedures  and places for your library.

In an effort to speed up the pickup process, Library staff is encouraging  patrons to limit their hold requests to 5 items per adult card and 10 items per child card

The curbside and or lobby service will begin June 15, 2020.  Please contact your local library if you have any questions.

Below are listed the hours and type of Services available at your nearest CCFLS Library:

Benson Memorial Library

  • Place holds online at benson.ccfls.org or
  • Place holds by phone or call with any questions at 814-827-2913 Monday 9am-1pm and 3-7pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10am-2pm
    • If not sure what items you want, give us a call and we can pick out some for you!
  • Pickup times will be scheduled individually with patrons.
  • We WILL circulate books, audiobooks/playaways, DVDs/CDs, and magazines at this time.
  • We WILL also provide contactless copy/tax form/fax services – please call to set up an appointment.
  • Summer Reading begins June 8. Sign up online at benson.readsquared.com or schedule an appointment to pick up a paper packet starting June 15.
  • Returns must be placed in the book drop and can be returned anytime.
  • No public computers are available at this time, but free WiFi is available outside the library 24/7.
  • Restrictions: Holds limited to 5 per card for adults; 10 per card for children with a maximum daily pickup of 15 items per family.

Cambridge Springs Public Library

  • Place holds at cambridge.ccfls.org or by calling 814-398-2123, we can also help you choose materials if you are unsure what you want
  • Patrons will be given a pick up time for their materials and may do so by coming to our Parking Lot door at that time
  • Books will be returned only via bookdrop
  • Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Noon-5pm; Tuesday, Thursday – 2-7pm; Saturday – 10am-3pm

Stone Memorial Library

  • Contactless Curbside Service will begin on June 15th.
  • Hold requests can be placed online at stone.ccfls.org for next business day pickup. 
  • Phone-in requests can be made by calling the library at 814-587-2142. Please refrain from making phone-in requests outside of the library’s hours as described below. 
  • Don’t know what you want to read or what we have available? We can still help you! 
  • Please be ready to verify your library card number and/or other personal information when making your request. 
  • No InterLibrary Loan requests will be filled at this time. All books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, and playaways will be available for borrowing. 
  • We will contact you to schedule a pickup time when your requests are ready. 
  • You may return any borrowed items to our book drop. All returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being returned to our shelves.
  • When picking up your materials, we ask that only one person perform this action. We also ask that you please respect the safety of our community by wearing a mask. 
  • Please do not attempt to enter the library. We are currently unable to offer computer access or to provide copy or fax service. Our WiFi is still available and can be accessed from outside of our building. 
  • Your requested materials will be placed outside of the front entrance of the library on a table no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Pickup times will be scheduled in 10-15 minute intervals. This is to allow for both social distancing and sanitization of surfaces. Please be aware that in the event of inclement weather, we may need to advise on other instructions. 
  • If you have any questions or are in need of other accommodations, please give us a call at 814-587-2142. You can also send us an email at stone@ccfls.org
  • Each day we are open, we will have a REQUESTS ONLY window. This will allow us to have time to prepare the requests for that day. Please feel free to make your requests via phone at any point in the day in which we are open, during both the REQUESTS ONLY and PICKUPS windows. 
  • The first hour of pickups each day will be reserved for our high risk patrons. Such pickups may be scheduled during our REQUESTS ONLY window as necessary. 
  • We will be observing the following hours during curbside service: 
    •  Monday 10am-12pm REQUESTS ONLY; 12pm-4pm PICKUPS
    • Tuesday 10am-12pm REQUESTS ONLY; 12pm-6pm PICKUPS
    • Wednesday CLOSED
    • Thursday 10am-12pm REQUESTS ONLY; 12pm-6pm PICKUPS
    •  Friday 10am-12pm REQUESTS ONLY; 12pm-4pm PICKUPS
    • Saturday 10am-11am REQUESTS ONLY; 11am-1pm PICKUPS
    • Sunday CLOSED
  • Summer Reading is set to begin on June 15th as well, with a new online feature. You can sign up online at stone.readsquared.org. We will also offer old fashioned pen and paper tracking at the library, all you have to do is give us a call and let us know what you have read! We will unfortunately not be holding any in-person programing or events this summer. Please contact us at 814-587-2142 or by emailing stone@ccfls.org for more information on Summer Reading. 
  • We will continue to post updates to our Website, our Facebook, and our Instagram accounts regarding our changes in service and Summer Reading. You can also sign up to receive updates via our email newsletter via our website stone.ccfls.org

Shontz Memorial Library 

  • Between June 1st and June 15th, patrons are encouraged to begin returning items in the book drop located outside of the library
  • No patron may enter the library, however you may still access WiFi  outside of the building
  • All returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days
  • We will not be accepting donations of books, DVDs, magazines, games, or puzzles
  • We are unable to offer faxing, scanning, or photocopying services at this time
  • Contactless curbside service will begin on June 15th. Patrons will be notified when their items are ready to be collected and will be given instructions for pick up
  • Patrons may place holds online at shontz.ccfls.org or by phone at 814-382-6666. Someone will be available to take your call Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Holds limited to 5 items per card
  • Please call us if you need additional assistance and we will do our best to accommodate you
  • No interlibrary loan requests will be filled
  • Our Summer Reading Program has moved online. This year, we are offering a summer reading challenge for preschoolers, children, teens, and adults! Sign up at shontz.readsquared.com
  • No fines have been issued for items checked out during the pandemic. In an effort to make the library more accessible to users during this difficult time, we will also waive old fines on returned items. Please call us to discuss your situation!
  • We will continue to post updates on Facebook and on our website at shontz.ccfls.org

Meadville Public Library

  • Place holds at meadvillelibrary.org or by calling 814-336-1773. We can also help you choose materials if you are unsure what you want
  • Patrons will be notified when materials will be available for curbside pickup at the Steers St. parking lot  (please follow the signs)
  • Books will be returned only via bookdrop
  • Hours for pickup are: Monday – Friday 9-5.
  • Summer Reading Club will start on June 15th.
  • Restrictions: No DVDs, Video Games, board games or toddler board books will circulate and no interlibrary loan requests will be taken.  The building will remain closed to patrons and no public computers or copy/fax services will be available.

Linesville Community Library

  • You may begin placing holds on June 8
  • Place holds online at linesville.ccfls.org or 
  • Place holds by phone or call with any questions at 814-683-4354 (if you don’t know what you want to read call us we can help you)
  •  Our hours of service are: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-1 (answering machine is on when the library is closed)
  • Pickup times will be be scheduled individually with each patron we are requesting that you please wear a mask
  • All returned items go in our porch book drop to be quarantined 
  • Pickups for ordered items will be inside sitting on a table in our lobby with your name on it. Only 1 person or family unit in the lobby at a time. If you should come early to get your books you will need to practise social distancing and wait on a red X till the lobby is empty. (if you have a special need or disability let us know and we will walk your books out to you)
  • We will be circulating Books, DVDs, Magazines, Puzzles, Audio Books
  • We will be holding Summer Reading and have take home packets as well as an online version which will begin June 15.

Cochranton Area Public Library

  • Contactless pickup service will begin the week of June 15.
  • Holds may be placed on items by logging in to the catalog at cochranton.ccfls.org or by calling the library at 814-425-3996.
  • Pickup times will be scheduled individually for each patron.
  • All returns must be placed in the book drop in the parking lot.
  • Please note the library will be operating on a reduced schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 9-5; Wednesday, 2-7; Saturday, 9-4; We will be CLOSED Monday and Friday at this time.
  • Restrictions: No DVDs or toddler board books will circulate and no interlibrary loan requests will be taken.  The building will remain closed to patrons and no public computers or copy/fax services will be available.

Saegertown Area Public Library

  • saegertown@ccfls.org
  • Contactless Lobby Pickup Service begins Monday, June 15, 2020 
  • Office and Lobby pickup hours are Monday, Wednesday 9 – 7, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9 -1 
  • Patrons can begin to place holds on June 8, 2020, for all library materials through our website catalog, or by calling for librarian assistance during office hours. (814)763-5203.
  • Pickup times will be scheduled individually with patrons.
  • Restrictions: No other library services such as fax copy will be provided at this time.

Springboro Public Library

  • Lobby Service Begins June 15, 2020
  • Pick Up Hours: M, W 12-5, T, R 2:30-7:30, F 12-4, S 9-1
  • Place holds at springboro.ccfls.org or call (814) 587-3901
  • Restrictions: 5 items per pick up.
  • Summer Reading begins July 6th. Register at springboro.readsquared.com

How to Place an Online Hold

Step 1: Log into Your Account

Start by going to catalog.ccfls.org. On the right side of the page, you will see a place to enter your Login and your Password. Your Login is your library card number, which can be found on the front of your card under the barcode. Your Password is your last name in all lowercase letters. Once you have entered your information, click the Login button to access your account.

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Step 2: Search for a Book

Next, using the Search box at the top of the page, search for an item you would like to reserve.

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When locating an item, make sure that it is available at your home library. If the item is located at another library in Crawford County you can still place the item on hold, but you will have to go to that library to pick it up.

Once you have found what you are looking for, click on Place Hold.

Step 3: Place Hold

You will next see the confirmation page for your hold. Click the Confirm Holds to finish the process and submit your request.

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Step 4: Pick Up

Once your hold has been filled, you will receive an email notification letting you know that the item is ready to be picked up.

If you do not have an email associated with your account, or just want to check on the status of your hold, you can do so by visiting your Account page and clicking on Holds.

Each CCFLS library is a great place to bring your entire family. Registering for a library card is easy and free for all residents of Crawford County. Our librarians will be more than happy to help assist you and your family to become patrons. Our libraries are committed to providing free and open access to educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds.

There are many educational resources and entertaining activities at each of the nine libraries within our library system. Each library offers free public computing, Internet, and WiFi. Story times & puppets shows are held weekly for children and younger patrons may join a Summer Reading Club.

Each library’s website offers links to a variety of online resources. The POWER Library, for example, is the Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources, and a collection of electronic resources provided by the state, including access to magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles, educational resources for children, and medical information. Ask Here PA is a site where you chat online with a real librarian for help with any topic or information need.

Our free Internet is a great way to stay up to date on current events and activities. You can also use your own laptop or device to connect to our WiFi to browse the web while in the library. Each library offers public computers to provide access to the web, as well as office software that you can use to create resumes, letters, papers & much more.

All libraries within CCFLS use the Koha Free Library System which may be used to perform advanced searches in our catalog, as well as log in to check one’s current account and renew materials instantly.

Your local library is a great place to broaden your knowledge and imagination.