COVID-19 Response

Service Updates

May 5, 2021

An Important Message from Lake Villa District Library

With the declining COVID-19 and increasing vaccination metrics in the library’s service area, we are happy to report that we are expanding services.

Beginning Monday, May 10 the following services will be available: 

  • study rooms
  • expanded public computer sessions
  • in-library reading materials
  • public seating areas

Services Not Yet Available: 

  • in-person programs, storytimes and discussions
  • imaginative play area
  • public meeting rooms
  • vending area

The mask requirement and social distancing measures remain in place. 

For those who are not ready to visit the library in person, curbside pickup and home delivery of library materials are available. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support during this time and look forward to seeing you at the library.   


April 12, 2021

An important update on the safe handling of returned materials.

LVDL has been closing following scientific research studies on COVID-19’s impact on library materials over the past year.  We are happy to report that a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the virus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets in the air. Therefore, beginning Monday, April 12, returned materials will be immediately checked in and the automated book return will be open.   

For more information on the CDC Study visit, Science Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments | CDC

We will continue to provide service updates as they become available.  Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time. 


March 12, 2021

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

We’re so glad that people in our community are receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine. However, until there’s more information on how the vaccine affects the spread of the virus, LVDL’s public health measures will remain in place. 

Here’s what you need to know about using the library after you’ve been vaccinated: 

  • Masks are required for the duration of your visit.
  • Keep a safe distance from others.
  • Keep your visit to one-hour.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others visit the Centers for Disease Control  


February 19, 2021

An important update on the safe handling of returned materials. 

Last spring LVDL, and many other area libraries, began following the REALM Project; a research study on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials prevalent in libraries.  This comprehensive study guides our procedures on the safe handling of returned materials. 

The latest research shows COVID-19 mainly spreads through respiratory droplets in the air. While some studies have shown that the virus stays alive on surfaces, they have not proved that people can catch the virus from touching those surfaces.

Beginning today, Friday, February 19 returned materials will be held for 24-hours before they are checked in, sorted and shelved. 

We appreciate and thank you for your continued support during this time.  Questions?  Please call 847.356.7711. 

For more information on The REALM Project,
REALM project - Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums | OCLC

COVID-19 Resources

LVDL is dedicated to helping you navigate the rapidly changing landscape of COVID-19.  

The public health plan to safely reopen Illinois.  

Vaccine information, including registering in the Lake County Health Department portal. 

Information on the number of cases in the state, county and municipalities of Lake County.  

If you are facing hardship and need assistance, call or text 211. 

COVID-19 has created an influx of misinformation and scams.  Be vigilant. Fight misinformation. Rely on trusted resources.