The Northside Branch Library drive-through window is currently open for materials pickup. Patrons of all library branches are encouraged to use this service.
The Northside Branch building and all county branches are temporarily closed to the public due to the pandemic. All book drops are open for returns.
The Main Library will open the facility to the public with limited hours starting Monday, June 29. Information about services available at that location can be found here.
All library materials checked out before the library closing on March 16 are due on July 1.
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.
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.
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…
- Register online for a library card.
- Check out our online resources, like eBooks, music, movies, TV shows, online courses, arts and crafts, research databases, and so much more.
- Check out our staff-curated list of free stay-at-home web sites and activities.
- Check out our daily survival tips, livestreamed storytimes, and additional updates on Facebook and YouTube.
- For physical books, visit the Free Little Libraries located outside of our Northside, Richmond Dale, South Salem, Paxton Frankfort, Kingston, and Mt. Logan branches, and also behind the Annex at the Main Library and at Yoctangee Park. Take and keep what you like. We also help stock the Free Little Library at the YMCA in Chillicothe. If you pick up books from our Free Little Libraries, please take precautions to sanitize the materials before bringing them into your home. CDC recommendations for sanitizing can be found here.
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:
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.