The main branch of the Oak Park Public Library will be closed until Nov. 19 due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. The staff person, who was working at the Main Library, did not come into direct contact with any patrons, the library reports. The library made the announcement in an emailed newsletter sent the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 11.

“We expect to reopen the building on Thursday, Nov. 19. This is after a thorough disinfecting and time to allow any traces of the virus to dissipate,” the email stated. “Seven days is the guidance provided by health authorities.”

Any staff members affected by COVID-19 are required to quarantine for two full weeks. Staff will be working remotely and are available to answer any questions, according to the newsletter.

Due to the closure, the library is extending due dates and will remain fine-free. All library holds will be available for pick up upon reopening.

Digital and online services will continue throughout the closure.

The Main Library was the only branch to have reopened since all three closed back in March. The Dole and the Maze branches are still shuttered. The library has not determined the date those premises will reopen.

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