COVID-19 & ADL Response

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

This page will be updated regularly as needed. Last updated 3/28/2020.

Coronavirus and Library Services FAQ

Due Dates, Holds and Fines

Q: I have materials checked out. Should I return them?
A: All library materials currently checked out have had their due dates extended to May 2, 2020. Please keep your library materials at this time until we reopen.

Q: Can I put items on hold or pick up new items?
A: Unfortunately, no. The library is closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis to help prevent transmission of the virus. If you have a digital device and internet access, we encourage you to use OverDrive to check out books and audiobooks with your library card directly to your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. We continue to update our website and Facebook page with resources to keep you and your family reading, learning, and entertained at home. If we can make physical items available, we will promote it there.

Q: What about interlibrary loan (MeLCat) items?
A: MeLCat requesting has been suspended system-wide for the safety of our staff, patrons and communities. We will update when the service will be available.

Q: Will I get fines?
A: Because the due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to May 2, fines should not accrue. If they do, please email director@albionlibrary.org.

How to Get an Updated Card to Access Digital Materials

Q: What if my library card is set to expire?
A: All patron accounts set to expire January 2020 or later have been extended to April 30, 2020. If your card expiration is older than January 2020, if you want to sign up for a new card, or are fines that are blocking your card, please call the library at 629-3993 or CLICK HERE to register for an e-card that will give you access to digital resources.

Q: What resources can I use at home?
A: We offer a large collection of books and audiobooks for every age and interest that you can download directly to your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. This service is called OverDrive and is best accessed through an app called Libby (the librarian!). CLICK HERE to visit our OverDrive catalog page. You’ll need your ADL card number. Your PIN is the 10-digit phone number on your library account. You can download the Libby app from the Google Play and Apple App Store.

Q: How can I get access to these resources if I don’t have a card?
A: We encourage anyone living or working in the greater Albion area to apply for a card, especially for online-access card, during this health emergency. Call the Library (517-629-3993) and leave a message or CLICK HERE to sign up renew your library card or check the status of your current card. A staff member will contact you.

In general, all those who rent or own property in the City of Albion, Albion Township, and the Marshall Public School district in Sheridan Township are eligible for a standard ADL card. We also offer standard cards to residents of Jackson County, patrons of Homer Public Library, and staff and students of Albion College, through reciprocity agreements. We also now offer ADL accounts to those who live outside or our area, but work for a local business, government entity, or non-profit. Limited-borrowing cards are available to those not eligible for a standard borrower card.

Q: What if I can’t login because I don’t know my PIN?
A: Your PIN is the 10-digit phone number on your account, unless you have previously set a secure password. If you need to update your PIN, please message the Library’s Facebook page or call and leave a message at the Library (517-629-3993) and a staff person will contact you.

Q: If I have lot of fines, can I still use resources like OverDrive/Libby?
A: We have relaxed restrictions for patrons to access OverDrive as long as your total fines are not more than $100. If you are concerned about your fines, or if you’re not sure of the status of your account, please call the library at 517-629-3993 and leave a message or send a message to the Library’s Facebook page. A staff person will return your call to see how we can help.

Programming and Services

Q: Are there any online story hours I can attend with my child?
A: There are many storytimes and online resources for parents and family. Please visit our website post HERE, which we are regularly updating as we learn more.

Q: What about a book delivery or curbside service?
A: Unfortunately, home delivery and curbside delivery are not feasible at this time. The goal of the closure is to reduce risk of transmission of the virus; home delivery or curbside pick-up could still incur that risk.