Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Current Status

September 11, 2021

Due to a decision made by Town of Erie, masks are required for all staff and patrons age 2 and older while inside Erie Community Library. At this time, Erie is the only HPLD library that requires patrons to wear masks.

In all locations, in-building services are  available, including browsing, holds pickup, computers, printing, and faxing.

Computer use is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Curbside Holds Pickup: See this page for details.

Specialty Checkout: Laptops, portable mifi units, and other Specialty Checkout items are available for pickup inside the libraries and curbside. Please see this page for details.

Member Libraries: To find out which services are available at any of our Member libraries, please call the library you intend to use.

Masks: Per the updated CDC guidelines, masks are not required for vaccinated individuals (with the exception of Erie Community Library, where masks are required for all patrons age 2 and older). If you’ve been vaccinated, you may use the library without a mask. HPLD staff must continue to wear a mask while on duty.

Computer Use

Computer use is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call-ahead computer appointments are no longer available.


Questions About Items

When are my checked out items due?

All items checked out will come with a due date. These have reverted to normal, pre-pandemic due dates.

Can I return items to library book drops?

Yes, you can return your items to library book drops, either indoor or outdoor.

How does curbside service work?

Check out and get all the details.

What about ILL and Prospector?

Prospector and ILL services are back online, and requests can now be placed. Please be patient as some libraries in other states or connected to educational institutions have not fully reopened, so some materials may still be unavailable.

Questions About Online Services

Are you offering programming like crafts and storytimes online?

Yes! Check Facebook and YouTube for details.

Can I get books, movies, and music?

All of our streaming and downloadable services are available now. This includes Overdrive/Libby (ebooks, audiobooks, and comics), Hoopla (music, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and comics), Kanopy (movies), Freegal (streaming and downloadable music), and Flipster (magazines).

Limits apply per card, and all card types have the same limits, so make good use of all the cards in your household.

Can I use other resources?

About 95% of our databases are still available with your library card. This includes research databases as well as some online learning platforms and other fun destinations.

Check out and Rosetta Stone.

Can I get a library card if I didn't have one before or mine's not working?

Yes! Get a Virtual Card.

You can also contact our Virtual Library, and they may be able to assist you if you’re having issues with your card.