Limited Browsing by Appointment Begins April 6

Good news! With vaccinations getting into arms, the library is taking first steps to welcome our patrons back. COVID is still with us so we are not throwing the doors open all at once.

Limited browsing will begin on Tuesday, April 6th.

Browsing times initially will be Tuesdays from 11:30 – 11:45 and 12:00 – 12:15. We are working hard to ensure everyone’s safety. Only one person will be allowed during each visit and will be open to patrons 16 and over.

To schedule your appointment, call us at 412-531-8754.

Other remote services will continue as they have until it is safe to reopen to our pre-pandemic level. These include curbside service, book bundles for any age, and remote printing and document services.

Detailed guidelines for the browsing appointments follow.

When you make your appointment, please let us know which section of the collection you would like to browse (such as general fiction, mysteries, DVDs, etc.) We ask that you limit yourself to that section. The picture book shelves, children’s, and young adult sections will not be available to browse.
Staff will be happy to locate items in any section on request.

To protect the health of the community and staff members, the following precautions will be in effect:

  • Appointments are for patrons ages 16 and over only. We ask that parents do not bring young children to the building at this time.
  • We ask that if you are feeling ill or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days that you reschedule your appointment.
  • All patrons must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, and that mask may not be removed while you are in the building.
  • Entry to the building requires a brief questionnaire about your current health status as well as use of hand sanitizer.
  • Only one patron at a time may enter.
  • Portions of the building, including the children’s section and the entire second floor, will be closed.
  • There will be no seating available in the library, and the restrooms will be locked.
  • Public computers, printing, and copying will not be available in person, but staff will be happy to assist with these services after you’ve finished browsing.

Patrons are encouraged to make selections quickly and to avoid unnecessary handling of items. Please do not reshelve any items; leave them in the designated bin for staff. When your browsing time is nearly up, staff will notify you to come to the front desk to check out. After checking out, we ask that you do not linger and leave the building promptly.

Materials may not be returned at the front desk. All returns must be placed in the outside drop box.

We apologize for any inconveniences caused by these precautions and appreciate your understanding.

Reduction in Operating Hours Effective Dec. 14

Per a decision by the Dormont Public Library Board of Directors, the following reductions in service will go into effect on Monday, December 14, 2020:
Operating hours will be reduced. Our new operating hours will be:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-5PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM-1 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM-1 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM – 1 PM

Additionally, the number of staff available during these hours will be reduced, and not all services may be available during all hours. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
If you have questions or comments about this reduction in service, please call us at 412-531-8754, email, or send a letter to Dormont Public Library, 2950 W Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15216. All comments received will be forwarded to the Board of Directors.

Suspension of In-Person Computer Appointments

In compliance with the recommendations of state and county health officials, we are suspending in-person computer appointments until further notice. Our curbside pickup and remote printing services will not be affected by this suspension.

As a reminder, free Wi-Fi access is available in the parking lot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Curbside Updates

Thank you to everyone who’s been using our Curbside Pickup service! Now that the county shipping department is fulfilling requests again, we have a couple of updates to our pickup procedures.

Please place all item orders through the library catalog. Pickup is available daily from Monday-Saturday during our posted staff hours.

The automated holds notification system is back to regular service. You should receive telephone, email, or text message notifications when your holds are ready as you did previously. When you receive a hold notification, that means your item has finished its quarantine period and is ready to be checked out to you.

After you get the hold notification, call us at 412-531-8754 to arrange your pickup time. Please allow 15 minutes from the time you call for staff to prepare your order and check your items out to you. For large numbers of holds (15+), please allow staff 1 hour to prepare your items.

We will place items outside on the small cart by the front door shortly before your pickup time, for no-contact pickup.

If you have any questions or need help placing a hold order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 412-531-8754.

Quarantine Procedures

The Librarian’s Advisory Council has recommended new guidelines for the amount of time books and other items need to remain quarantined after being shipped or returned. Effective Monday, August 17, at all Allegheny County libraries, the vast majority of items will now be held for 4 days before being checked in. Certain specialty items such as board books, graphic novels, magazines, or bagged items will be held for 7 days.

If a fine appears on your card due to the quarantine period, the fine will be removed. Items ordered from other libraries will continue to appear as “in transit” until the quarantine period is over, so please allow a little extra processing time.

We apologize for any inconvenience. County libraries are adopting this measure to protect the health and safety of all patrons and staff.

Continuing Precautions

The library building is not yet open to patrons, but staff will be available by telephone or email to answer questions or take pickup orders. When we are ready to admit patrons again, we will announce it here.

We are accepting returns of all items in the outside book drop only. Items entering the library will be quarantined for 72 hours before check-in, but overdue fees will not be charged because of this delay.

We will not be able to accept donations of books or other physical items until further notice; donations left in the parking lot or the outside drop box will be discarded. All on-site programming has been suspended until further notice. The Keith Room will not be available for rent.

Our schedule for reopening or the services offered may change at any time depending on guidance from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, and/or availability of vaccinations, personal protective equipment, and sanitizing supplies for staff.