Coronavirus Information

Information & FAQs

A Message from Your Library


As organizations throughout Ohio start to reopen, we know you are increasingly eager to return materials, check out new materials, and visit our locations. Since the Library sees more than 3 million people annually and checks out more than 5.2 million materials, we want to make sure all of the work is done with the highest standards of safety. That means training our staff, retrofitting our spaces to meet social distancing guidelines, ensuring we have the necessary PPE and policies in place to keep people safe, and developing new low- and no-contact service models.

While we continue to miss seeing you, please take advantage of our many emedia and online research tools. You can also connect with our librarians here.

Here are our current reopening plans:

  • May 26 - We recommend that you continue to reduce unnecessary travel and defer returning your materials as no fines will be accrued. If you really want to return materials, drop boxes will open on May 26. Returned materials will be isolated according to CDC guidelines. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 72 hours. Any fines from overdue Search Ohio items will be removed once the items are returned.
  • Ask a Librarian at 419.259.5200 will also be available on May 26.
  • June 1 – Pilot curbside service at all locations with items already on our holds shelf or requested prior to our closure. Details about placing new holds coming soon!
  • Mid- to late-June: continued assessment to determine when it is safe to open to the public with new safety and social distancing protocols.

Frequently Asked Questions:


How do I get a hold of the Library if I have a question?

We're here to help! If you have a question or comment, we'd love to hear from you. Reach out today using our Contact Us/Ask a Librarian form and we'll be in touch soon! You can also use the chat on our website during the following days/times:

Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 9 p.m.

What if I can't pick up my holds before the Library closes?

Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again. The outside book drop boxes at Maumee, Sanger, Sylvania and Washington branch libraries are now being used for collection points for homemade face masks. To learn how to sew the masks, visit ProMedica's web page.

Can I pick up my holds using the 24/7 Lobby Lockers?

After Saturday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m., the 24/7 lobby lockers will be closed. Your holds will still be there when we reopen.

What about hold requests that haven't been filled?

You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing. Requesting has been disabled in the catalog, and we have asked for Toledo PL to be removed from the drop down menu in the SearchOhio and OhioLINK catalogs.

Can I still borrow electronic materials?

Yes! Our entire online eMedia collection including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use with your Library card. If you don't have a Library card, sign up for one today and get instant access to these materials! We also have numerous research tools and great digital historical collections that you can access.

How will the Library ensure returned books and materials are safe to be redistributed should someone borrowing materials be diagnosed with coronavirus?

Returned materials will be isolated according to CDC guidelines. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 72 hours. Any fines from overdue Search Ohio items will be removed once the items are returned.

Thanks to the overwhelming community response, more than 12,400 masks were sewn and donated at four Library drop boxes.

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Are you looking for funding opportunities for your nonprofit agency? Is your nonprofit helping those affected by COVID-19? The Toledo Lucas County Public Library can help!

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Library is among community partners that want to ensure your health and safety.

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At-Home Fun & Learning

For those with children and tweens who prefer YouTube over books, choosing something for them to read that they can also watch, is a great way to encourage reading!

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If you've been displaced as a result of the pandemic or if you are considering a career change, TLCPL has digital resources that you can access for free from home to help navigate the job-seeking landscape.

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eMedia Providers

AudioBookCloud - all ages
  

AudioBookCloud is always available, no holds or checkout limits. An internet connection is needed to use AudioBookCloud, the materials are not downloadable to use offline.

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BookFlix
     

Features: Watch, read and listen to animated picture books in nine categories, including Animals and Nature, People and Places, and Family and Communities. Includes fiction, nonfiction and some Spanish language titles. No waiting.

School information
Grade Levels: preschool and elementary school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, geography, history, math, science and social studies

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

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Flipster
  

Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
Need help? Try our online chat or check out EBSCO's help section.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Freegal
     

Formats: Music, music videos and audiobooks
Features: Unlimited streaming music and 5 downloads per week
Need help? Try our online chat or check out Freegal's FAQ section.

Third-Party Provider: Library Ideas LLC

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hoopla
           

Features: Everything is available instantly, no waiting - limit of 10 checkouts per month.
Need help? Try our online chat or check out hoopla's help section.

Third-Party Provider: Midwest Tape

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Overdrive (Libby App)
        

Features: Largest selection of digital content. Limit of 20 checkouts per month.
Need help? Try our online chat or check out Overdrive's help section.

Access just for Kids
Access just for Teens

Third-Party Provider: Overdrive

Download the Libby by Overdrive app:

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RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines
     

Features: Exclusive recorded audiobooks and eMagazines
Need help? Try our online chat or check out RBdigital's help section.

Third-Party Provider: RBdigital

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ScienceFlix
     

Features: View educational videos, read articles, find experiments to try, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a variety of science topics including Earth, space science, life science, health and the human body, physical science, and tech, math and engineering. Also offers lesson plans, quizzes and projects for teacher use.

School information
Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: geography, health, math, science and technology

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

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Toledo Library App
              

Unlock the full potential of your Toledo Lucas County Public Library card with our mobile app. Search, borrow and renew materials; access and update your Library card account; find exciting programs for all ages and interests; get location details, directions and hours; reserve a meeting room; connect with us via social media and more!

Third-Party Provider: Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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TrueFlix
     

Features: View educational videos, read books and articles, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a comprehensive range of topics – from American history to geography to science. Each category also offers lesson plans for teachers. No waiting.

School information
Grade Levels: elementary school
Subjects: geography, history, science and social studies

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

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TumbleBookLibrary
     

TumbleBookLibrary has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

TumbleBookLibrary is always available, no holds or checkout limits. An internet connection is needed to use TumbleBookLibrary, the materials are not downloadable to use offline.

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TumbleMath
  

K-6 math ebook database

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

TumbleMath books are always available, no holds or checkout limits. An internet connection is needed to use TumbleMath ebooks, they are not downloadable to use offline.

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World Book eBooks
  

Supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature. 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access. World Book eBooks also feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

School information
Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

Third-Party Provider: World Book

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