LVDL Service Updates

Welcome back to Lake Villa District Library. Face coverings are required, social distancing measures are in place and a limited number of people are allowed in at one time.

August 26, 2020

An important update on the safe handling of returned materials.

LVDL, along with other area libraries and library systems, has been closely following The REALM Project, a research study on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials prevalent in libraries.  Information from the study guides our procedures for the safe handling of returned materials.   

Results from the 3rd test of the study indicate a slightly longer quarantine period is necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.  This update has already been implemented into our procedures. Beginning today, August 26, 2020, returned materials will be held for 7 days before they are checked in, sorted and shelved. 

LVDL continues to serve our community as safely and effectively as possible during this challenging time.  Thank you for your continued support. 

For more information on The REALM Project visit https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/COVID-19-research-project.html


August 1. 2020

An employee of Lake Villa District Library is under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Library administration was notified of the staff member’s positive test on Thursday July 30, initiated contact tracing protocols, and the staff member immediately began a self-quarantine.

Internal contact tracing showed that no other staff member was found to have possibly had close contact with the individual (defined as being within six feet for fifteen or more minutes).

Close contact with patrons was not discovered. Library staff members follow safety protocols while interacting with patrons, including wearing face coverings and social distancing.

LVDL has instituted increased cleaning of high touch areas, thorough cleaning of the building each evening, and underwent two separate deep cleanings of the areas where the employee works. LVDL has a face mask requirement in place since reopening in June. Other precautions include capacity limits, sneeze guards at all service desks, accessible hand sanitizer, regular surface cleaning, and 4-day quarantining of returned books and other library materials.

This is the first known instance of a staff person testing positive for COVID-19. Any future incidents of potential COVID-19 exposure will be posted on our website and social media. 

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.  Should you have any questions, please email the Library Director, Mikael Jacbosen.


July 20, 2020

It’s been three weeks since LVDL reopened and things have gone well.  We’ve had a steady yet manageable number of visitors and all are diligently following the face covering and social distancing measures.  Thank you!  Please note, if you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and would like to visit the library, please contact us for accommodations.  We’re happy to assist you. 

Also, you might be interested to learn that our heating, ventilations, and air conditioning system is well set up to minimize the spread of airborne particles.  It operates 44 individual systems that control small areas of the building keeping the air that flows into these spaces separate and specific to that area. Along with the individual systems,  the units use outside air, minimizing the air being recycled back into the system.

To those of you who aren’t ready to visit, we are here for you.  Our digital catalog and electronic resources are available 24/7.  Or please consider using Curbside Pickup.  Simply visit www.lvdl.org or call 847.356.7711 to place items on hold.  When they’re available, you can stop by to pick them up. 

And speaking of placing items on hold, we have great news to share!  Inter-Library Loan Service will resume, at a limited level, beginning Tuesday, July 21.  You may experience a delay for holds placed outside of LVDL’s collection but you now have access to more items.  Questions?  Please call 847.356.7711 or email refdesk@lvdl.org

We continue to take a measured approach to implementing services. The addition of ILL is a welcomed step that we hope you will enjoy.   Serving our community during this unprecedented time has been a challenge, yet your support and patience have been remarkable and are greatly appreciated. Thank you! 


June 22, 2020

An Important Service Update from Lake Villa District Library

Lake Villa District Library is committed to serving its community as safely and effectively as possible.  Earlier this month we began accepting returns and implemented Curbside Pickup.  Both services were well received by patrons who’ve missed the library being open.  We, too, have missed serving our patrons in person.  

We are pleased to announce that LVDL will open its doors and return to normal operating hours beginning Monday, June 29 at 9am.  We will operate under a new service model which will make visiting the library a slightly different experience.

What To Expect When We Reopen:

  • Face coverings will be required.
  • Capacity will be limited. 
  • Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the building.
  • Limited Adult area public computers will be available.  
  • Fax/Scanner/Copiers will be available.
  • High-traffic areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • The facility will continue to be thoroughly cleaned every evening.

 What Services Will Not Be Immediately Available:

  • In-person public programs, storytimes and discussions. 
  • One-on-One technology assistance.
  • Public seating areas.
  • Imaginative Play area.
  • In-library reading materials, such as newspapers.
  • Meeting Room/Study Room/Videogaming Room Reservations.
  • Notary and Voter Registration.
  • Donations are not being accepted at this time.

What You Can Do To Help:

  • Stay home if you or a household member are feeling sick.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Keep your visit short and only touch items you need to.
  • Keep 6 ft between you and other patrons and staff members.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.

Please note, if you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and would like to visit the library, please contact us for accommodations at refdesk@lvdl.org or by calling 847.356.7711. 

Serving our community during this unprecedented time has been a challenge, yet your support and patience have been remarkable and are greatly appreciated. Thank you!  We will continue to share updates on our website and social media as they become available. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.


June 10, 2020

The safe handling of returned materials is of great importance to us.

LVDL, along with other area libraries and library systems, is closely following The Realm Project, a research study on how long the COVID-19 virus survives materials prevalent in libraries.  While this project is comprehensive and will go on for quite some time, the early results indicate that holding items for a period of 7 days is a sufficient amount of time to mitigate the virus.  More information about this project can be found here: https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/COVID-19-research-project.html

Plans to open the library to the public are currently in development.  We will provide updates as we can.

Materials Return

Return items to the library during the following times:
Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm        Tuesday and Thursday  4-7pm

  • Use the manual book drop located in the upper parking lot or the temporary bins located near the main entrance. 
  • It may take up to seven days for items to be removed from your account.
  • Book donations will not be accepted.   
Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup is available during the following times: 
Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm        Tuesday and Thursday  4-7pm

  • Visit www.lvdl.org or call 847.356.7711 to place available LVDL items on hold.
  • When you’ve received notification that your holds are available, come to the library and park in the main entrance parking lot. 
  • Call 847.356.7711 when you are parked and provide your last name and last four-digits of the LVDL card that was used to place the hold. 
  • An LVDL staff member will place your items on a designated table at the library entrance. 
  • Please let us know if you require assistance; staff is happy to help.