September 17, 2021 Update

Effective immediately, food and drink are no longer permitted in the library or in the meeting rooms. Facial coverings must remain on at all times.


August 4, 2021 Update

masks required

Due to the virulent nature of the COVID-19 Delta variant, we’re taking extra precautions to protect our community, the staff, and families.


August 3, 2021 Update

Due to recent CDC and Ross County Health District recommendations, all CRCPL staff, regardless of vaccination status, will resume wearing facial coverings in public service areas. Unvaccinated patrons are asked to please properly wear a mask while visiting the library.


June 10, 2021 Update

The library recognizes that we are in a transitional phase of the pandemic and we expect summer to be nearly normal for many. However, we also recognize that the situation can change rapidly and the Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the health risk situation and make adjustments as needed to keep patrons, staff, and their families safe. The library will continue to follow the guidance offered by local, state, and federal health agencies.

Per state mandate, masks are not currently required for staff and patrons who are fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after the vaccination course).

Unvaccinated patrons and staff will continue to properly wear facial coverings.

Reasonable social distancing for all patrons and staff is still encouraged.

All public meeting spaces will be available for reservations. Food and drink are allowed in the library and in meeting rooms.

Until further notice, water fountains will remain closed, but bottle filling stations are open.

Virtual programming will continue with outdoor programming scheduled when possible. When necessary, due to weather or other factors, programs may move inside.


May 20, 2021 Update:

Effective immediately, CRCPL’s face mask policy has been amended to reflect the recent guidelines provided by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as well as the Centers for Disease Control.

Fully vaccinated and immune individuals do not need to wear a face mask while visiting the library. Full immunity is received 2 weeks past a Johnson & Johnson vaccine or 2 weeks past the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Unvaccinated individuals must wear a face mask while visiting the library.

As a courtesy, library staff will continue to wear face masks.


April 2021 Update:

On Monday, June 7, the library will expand hours, reduce restrictions, and resume select patron services.

Summer Hours, effective Monday, June 7:

Main and Northside:

  • Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Howard S. Young, Paxton, Kingston, Richmond Dale, South Salem, Huntington, and Mt. Logan branches:

  • Monday 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

On Monday, June 7, our Covid safety guidelines will be amended as follows:

  • Face masks required.
  • No food or drink in the library. Drinking fountains are closed.
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized frequently.
  • Library materials are no longer quarantined. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the risk of Covid-19 transmission via surfaces is low.
  • Children may return to the library without an adult.
  • Computer reservations will increase from 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
  • Patrons will be asked to limit their library visits to 2 hours to ensure we maintain safe capacity while allowing more patrons to visit.
  • Virtual programming will continue with outdoor programming scheduled when possible.

Coming Soon: Meeting Room Reservations!

On Monday, June 7, the Main, Northside, Frankfort, and Paxton libraries will reopen meeting spaces for small group reservations. The following guidelines are mandatory; failure to comply will result in loss of meeting room privileges:

  • All attendees must wear face masks during the entire meeting. Face masks are required in any library facility, per board policy.
  • The number of attendees permitted in each meeting space at one time is limited to 25% capacity.
  • 2-hour limit per reservation.
  • No food or drink permitted.

These spaces will be available for reservation:

  • Main meeting room (4 attendees max)
  • NEW! Main telehealth room (2 attendees max)
  • Northside conference room (2 attendees max)
  • Northside shelter house (20 attendees max)
  • Paxton meeting room (8 attendees max)
  • Frankfort meeting room (8 attendees max)

The Annex and other Northside meeting rooms will remain closed.

Reserve a meeting room here.


3/8/21 Update:

COVID-19 At-Home Tests now available at CRCPL

COVID testing has just gotten a lot more convenient! We are pleased to announce that all Chillicothe & Ross County locations now have at-home COVID-19 test kits available to the public. These tests are free of charge, and may be picked up at the Northside Branch drive-through, or curbside at any other library location during open hours. The tests were purchased by the state of Ohio.

Test kits are not for people who are already feeling sick. You should see a health care professional if you feel unwell. These tests are to ensure that you are not a contagion threat to others. For instance, are you planning to visit your new grandchild? Be safe and test at home!

You will need a device capable of downloading the NAVICA app to take the test. The NAVICA app includes free, live help.

Library staff are not able to assist with the actual testing, and tests are not conducted at the library. The library is not collecting personal information. You may pick up a test for friends or family members.

Please keep in mind that library hours are still somewhat limited. Click here for each location’s open hours.


3/1/21 Update:

Download the hoopla, Libby, or Freegal apps from the App Store to access the library’s eBooks, music, and movies.

We are excited to welcome you back to the Main Library!

On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Main Library located at 140 S. Paint St. reopens to the public for browsing and computer use. Check out our updated children’s area when you stop by!

Hours at the Main Library starting Monday, March 1, 2021, are:

  • Monday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guidelines are in place to keep you safe while you visit:

  • The total number of patrons permitted in the library at one time is limited.
  • Children age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Computer use is limited to essential use only, and granted in 30-minute blocks.
  • Face masks are required and are provided at the door if needed.
  • State and county health directives require patrons and library staff to maintain 6 feet of social distance between one another at all times.
  • High-contact surfaces are sanitized often throughout the day.
  • All in-person programming and meeting room use has been temporarily suspended.

All CRCPL libraries are now open to the public. Curbside pickup of library materials is available at all locations. The Northside Branch Library offers a safe drive-through window to pick up holds and prints.

More information about hours and services can be found here.


2/1/21 Update:

On Monday, February 1, 2021, all libraries will reopen to the public, except the Main Library on Paint Street.

  • A renovation project at the Main Library will commence on Monday, February 1, therefore that location will remain closed to the public. Computer appointments at the Main Library will also temporarily cease on this date, but curbside service for materials pick-up will continue at that location. If you need to use a computer, we encourage you to visit any of our other library locations.
  • The Northside Branch Library will reopen to the public for browsing and computer use, and that location will also continue to maintain safe drive-through window service (materials pickup and printing, including Print from Home service) for high-risk individuals.
  • Our remaining branches (Howard S. Young, Paxton, Kingston, Richmond Dale, South Salem, Mt. Logan, and Huntington) will reopen to the public for browsing and computer use, and will also maintain curbside service for those who request it.

Effective Monday, February 1, the hours for these locations will be as follows:

Main Curbside Hours:

  • Monday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday:  10a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Northside:

  • Monday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Howard S. Young (Frankfort), Kingston, Paxton, and Richmond Dale:

  • Monday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  Closed
  • Sunday:  Closed

Huntington Branch Library:  Monday-Friday, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
South Salem Branch Library:  Monday-Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Mt. Logan Branch Library:  Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

More information about hours and currently-available services can be found here.


12/21/20 Update:

CRCPL MOVES TO CURBSIDE & APPOINTMENT SERVICES

Following Ross County Health District recommendations, effective Monday, December 21, 2020, the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library will be open for Contactless Curbside Pickup and Walk-Up Services ONLY at our 9 locations. Limited computer use, by appointment, will be available at the Main Library.  Drive-through service is still available at the Northside Branch.  There will be no entry into our buildings for browsing or pick-ups.

We continue to follow the guidelines provided by public health officials. We hope to reopen when it’s safer for our customers and staff.

In the meantime, please continue to take advantage of reserving items online and picking them up with our contact-free options.

  • You can still return your items in our exterior book returns at any time. Please remember, we quarantine all items for at least 5 days before they are checked in. 
  • If you or your family members are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive for COVID-19, please do not return your items until you are well.
  • Outreach services, including book delivery, are available for homebound individuals.  Call 740-702-4111 to see if you qualify.
  • Learn more about Curbside Pickup, Grab & Go services, and computer appointments here.

8/24/20 Update:

On Tuesday, September 8, the library will expand hours and open the last remaining physical locations to our patrons.  On that date:

  • The Northside Branch Library will open its doors to the public, and will continue to maintain safe drive-through window service for high-risk individuals.
  • The Main Library will nearly double its public service hours.
  • Our Mt. Logan, Huntington, and South Salem branches will resume in-person public service.

Effective Tuesday, September 8, new hours for these locations will be as follows:

Main and Northside:

  • Monday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Huntington Branch Library:  Monday-Friday, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
South Salem Branch Library:  Monday-Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Mt. Logan Branch Library:  Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


7/29/20 Update:  

On Monday, August 3, the library will move forward with reopening more library services to the public.  Additional public service hours will be added to the Main and Northside locations, and the Howard S. Young (Frankfort), Paxton, Kingston, and Richmond Dale Branches will open their doors to the public.

Main & Northside Hours, effective Monday, August 3:

  • Monday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  2 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday:  2 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday:  12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Hours for the Howard S. Young (Frankfort), Kingston, Paxton, and Richmond Dale locations, effective Monday, August 3:

  • Monday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday:  1 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  Closed
  • Sunday:  Closed

More information about hours and services can be found here.


6/23/20 Update:  

The library is pleased to resume limited hours and services at the Main Library, 140 S. Paint St., on Monday, June 29. Drive-through service is still available at the Northside location, 550 Buckeye St. Starting Monday, hours for both locations will be:

  • Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

“We are being slow and cautious to protect our patrons, staff and families. We are grateful for our communities’ overwhelming support and understanding,” said James Hill, library director. All CRCPL locations closed in mid-March, but online services have increased.

“Our online usage of streaming music and movies, research databases and eBooks have gone up almost 50 percent each of the past few months,” Hill continued, “But we recognize that some patrons still want and need physical materials. We’re trying to make those available as safely as possible.”

When the Main Library opens for in-person service, new restrictions will be in place:

  • Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult and the total number of patrons permitted in the library at one time will be reduced.
  • Computers will be limited to essential use only in 30 minute blocks.
  • Please wear a facemask. Masks will be provided at the front door if needed.
  • State and county health directives require that you keep at least 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and other patrons and library staff while inside the library.
  • Shared surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
  • In-person programs, meeting room reservations, notary services, and tech tutoring are still suspended.

For high-risk populations, the Northside location will continue with drive-through service only. Patrons may reserve books online or call the library at 740-702-4145 to place a hold. Bookworm and programs for all ages continue to be streamed on the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Visit www.CRCPL.org for a calendar of events and other information about library services.

The libraries will be closed July 3 and 4 for the Independence Day holiday.


5/15/20 Update:

Dear Patrons,

Thank you for your patience. We know it’s been a long time. We’re working diligently to restart library services safely. Unlike other places, libraries are two-way streets––you seldom take something back to the grocery store after you’re done with it, but you do return things to the library. That’s the sticking point. It’s hard to sanitize a 350-page book!

You may have heard about research being conducted at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. They are studying how long this novel virus can live on the various surfaces of library materials, from DVDs to book pages to computers. Until we have those results, I have asked the staff to take every precaution when handling materials. We are using meeting rooms and any available table space to quarantine items.

Consequently, our recovery plan will be slow and steady. On this, I don’t want the library to be the leader. We will follow the directions of state and county health officials and learn from the best practices across other industries.

That said, we will begin offering a limited drive through service (at the Northside location only) beginning Monday, June 1. Call ahead and staff will pull items for you to pick up.

For the immediate future, we can only offer items that are available within our county system. Interlibrary loan and statewide delivery are still suspended. We may not have exactly what you’re looking for, but give us a chance to pull something else for you that you might like. The library staff are really good at recommendations!

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll announce next steps. As you know, this will not be a quick return to normal.

James Hill,
Library Director


5/4/20 Update:

While the library is closed due to the pandemic, the online catalog is limited to only search for materials owned by and located within the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library system. Statewide delivery between libraries has not yet resumed. In our first phase of reopening (date to be determined), we will only be able to lend books from our local collection. Holds placed on other Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) library materials cannot be processed, and are currently blocked by the system. Thank you for your patience as we figure out how to safely resume service to our community.

Our first priority is safety, but we’re also focused on maintaining library access.

This page is updated as information becomes available.

In the meanwhile…

coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health hotline:  1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Read Governor DeWine’s Stay At Home Order (March 22, 2020)


  • March 16 update:

Dear Patrons,

While we recognize that the library is an essential service for many, we also acknowledge the unprecedented position we find ourselves in. Effective at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, all Chillicothe and Ross County locations will be closed until at least April 6. Periodic updates will be posted on our website and social media platforms as information becomes available.

The Main Library Annex and Northside buildings will still be open for voting on Tuesday, March 17.

We apologize for the short notice of this closure, but encourage you take advantage of the many online resources found on our website: www.crcpl.org. Additionally, most of our county locations have Free Little Libraries near the front doors of the buildings. During this closure, staff will periodically restock those boxes. In Chillicothe, the Free Little Library at the YMCA will be maintained.

Key staff will be working remotely and may be available to answer email questions. However, please be patient while waiting for a response. 

Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and stay in to checkout.

  • March 13 update:
    • Effective Saturday, March 14, all library programs are cancelled and will resume on Monday, April 6.
    • The meeting rooms are still open, but if you’re planning on attending a meeting, please check with the organizers first.
    • The Main Library Annex and Northside locations are still polling places for the March 17 Primary.
    • The Mt. Logan location will be closed until April 6. All other locations are maintaining regular hours.
    • The snack and meal program are continuing (except at Mt. Logan) as normally scheduled.
  • March 12:  Read the library’s Press Statement.
  • March 9:  Read the Blog Post.