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The library is open for:

 In-Building Services

  • Computer use (including printing) 
  • Copier/Fax/Scanner 
  • Printing documents sent from home 
  • Applying for a library card
  • Browsing and checkouts
  • Tables for WiFi use

Important Details 

  • Appointments are no longer necessary but are recommended for computer and WiFi table use.
  • Advance appointments by phone for Midlothian cardholders and card applicants for 1-hour time slots with one 1-hour extension, if space is available.
  • Appointment scheduling available 2 business days in advance
  • One appointment per cardholder per coming 2-business-day period
  • Masks required for all persons age 2 & up*
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by responsible adult age 18 or older*
  • Pay for Print/Scan/Fax/Copy by credit or debit card, bills or coins at pay box. Pay boxes take bills up to $5 when the box has adequate change.
  • Only credit and debit cards may be used to pay library bills. Staff will not handle cash.
  • 6 feet of social distance will be observed. Staff can only offer technology help that can be given from 6 feet away.*
  • If you need sound, please bring your own earbuds, as we will NOT be lending out headphones. 
  • Maximum 25 person occupancy.

* For all temporary amendments to the library's Patron Behavior Policy, please click here.

Curbside Service

How to Request Materials 

Use our online catalog to place a hold (see upper right-hand corner of our website). The SWAN consortium has now resumed "Pick Up Anywhere," so you may select the SWAN library of your choice to pick up your materials.

OR 

Call 708-535-2027. Staff can help you select items. 

Please note: 

Items requested online will be checked out to you the next day. Phone requests will be checked out to you the same day. If not picked up in 7 days, items will be checked in and re-shelved.  

How to Pick Up Materials 

  1. Pull into numbered spot in our parking lot 
  2. Wait inside your vehicle at all times.
  3. If on foot, wait 6 feet from other people. 
  4. Call 708-535-2027 and give staff your name. 
  5. Pop your trunk and wait for staff to deliver materials. 

Please note: 

If you don’t have a cell phone to call from the parking lot, call the library from home to make an appointment for a pickup time. 

If you can’t use your trunk, staff will place your materials in a bag on the pavement outside your car. 

How to Print from Home

1.  Click here 

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1.  Start from www.midlothianlibrary.org. Under HOW DO I? go to TECHNOLOGY and click Print Anywhere. 

THEN 

2.  Select Black & White or Color, type in your name, and upload a document or paste in the web address of the document you want to print. 
3.  Click the gray forward arrow twice. It will calculate the number of pages and the price.  
4.  To approve your job, click the green printer icon. 
5.  When you see, “Your request has been processed,” your job has been sent. 
6.  Jobs will be held for 24 hours. 

Homebound Delivery

The library offers homebound delivery service to individuals permanently or temporarily confined to their homes. Individuals who are vulnerable to the Coronavirus due to age or health conditions are also welcome to use this service. Midlothian residents of all ages are eligible. Deliveries will be made contact-free in plastic boxes on your porch or a similar area at your residence.

To get started, just call the library at (708) 535-2027, and a library staff member will take your application by phone. Or go to and print out an application, which may be returned by U.S. mail, email, or fax.

Once you are signed up, library staff will assist you in selecting reading, listening, and viewing materials and coordinate delivery to your home.

 eBooks & eResources

Above, click DIGITAL LIBRARY and E-MEDIA for a variety of eBooks and other resources available from the library. All are free, but some require a library card and/or PIN number, and some require a password. Please click the name of the resource for how to login. Those that require passwords will have the password on the resource page.

 How to Sign Up for a Library Card 

Come to the building and fill out an application. To see what documents to bring, click here. If you would prefer not to come into the library, call (708) 535-2027 to request an application by mail.

OR

Click “Card Signup” on the upper right-hand corner of our website and fill out the application. Your digital card will be immediately active for online materials only. Then a library staff member will call you to convert your digital card to a full-service one in person or by mail.

Please note: 

Online card signup is only available to individuals age 13 and up. 

Resetting Your PIN

If you don’t know or don’t remember your PIN, do this:

Returning Your Materials

 To accommodate our construction, we've moved our book drop across the parking lot (by the apartments, next to the tree and the red steel decorative structure). Returns are now accepted BOTH inside AND outside the building.  Based on the scientific findings of the REALM Project, conducted by Battelle Labs and sponsored by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services and the OCLC library consortium, we quarantine every item returned for 7 days before returning it to our shelves to ensure that there are no traces of the virus on any item we check out. After the 7-day quarantine period, items returned will be removed from your record. There are no overdue penalties for materials in quarantine past the due date.

Online Programming

We can’t open our building for programs right now, but we will bring the programs to you—online or through take-and-make kits. Please see our online event calendar for details on what will happen and how to join.

Donations

Due to the extreme caution required in the handling of materials at this time, we are not accepting donations of books or other media until further notice.  In the meantime, we recommend you donate your used books to the Discover Books bin located near White Castle at 147th & Cicero.