2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: April 7, 2020

Introduction to the Issue: 

RAILS will use this Pulse Page to keep our members informed about the latest developments with COVID-19.

The Latest News

RAILS & RAILS Libraries

RAILS delivery will not operate until further notice. RAILS members with delivery questions/concerns can email railsdelivery@railslibraries.info. Send your message from the email address used for your Library Learning (L2) account to have it routed to the correct RAILS service center.

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What RAILS Is Doing: 

RAILS Member Updates

RAILS will offer regular member update sessions via Zoom as needed.

RAILS Special Member Update - March 30, 2020 - Chat Text - Edited/Categorized

  • RAILS will also offer other informational and networking events online. See Related Events listing below.
  • RAILS will make recorded versions of these events available on the RAILS YouTube page as possible.
What Can You Do?: 
  • Please supply us with information about what virtual services and programs your library is offering during building closure via our survey.
  • RAILS Member Virtual Programming Results

  • Report and update your library closing information on the RAILS website. Indicate that you are closing because of the Coronavirus.
  • Post library policies related to COVID-19 in the Safety section of the online Library Policies Repository on the RAILS website.
Library Examples: 


Add a comment about what your library is doing below (including web pages, special activities, policies, etc.)

Antioch Public Library District has canceled programs and room reservations from March 13 through March 31 for large groups and vulnerable populations. We will implement social distancing in programs that we do run (i.e. spreading chairs 6' apart) and stop serving refreshments. In addition:

  • Only every other computer will be available in the Computer Lab to promote social distancing.
  • We will not circulate items that are difficult to clean/have a high risk of spreading disease (board books, developmental games, telescopes, GoPro cameras).
  • We will not make homebound deliveries.
  • We have removed shared toys and activities from public areas.
  • We are not charging patrons fines at this time.

The Sugar Grove Library remains open at this time (as a reminder we are always closed on Friday) but has issued a cancellation for all programs, events, and meetings through the end of March. You may view the full press release on our web page or Facebook.

The Mount Prospect Public Library will be closed March 15, reopening (hopefully!) on Monday March 30.

Richton Park will be closed starting Monday, March 16th through March 31st.