May 18, 2020 

Hannibal Free Public Library is providing Curbside Pickup Service, beginning Wednesday, May 13th.  Patrons can request books and other materials at least 72 hours in advance by placing holds in the library’s online catalog, by messaging the library through Facebook or the online catalog, by calling the Library at 573-221-0222, or by sending an email to ref@hannibal.lib.mo.us.  To place holds or update library cards, patrons can call the Library on Monday until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday until 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  “Patrons will need their library barcodes to use Curbside Pickup Service.  Patrons who do not have library cards or have lost their cards should call the Library to complete a temporary registration over the phone.  They will then be ready to place holds and use the new service.”  Library Director Hallie Yundt Silver said.

  After a hold is placed, Library staff will search the collection, find the items, call the patron, and check out the item to the patron.  A time slot will be designated.  Patrons who discover later that they cannot pick up their items in the agreed time slot are asked to call the Library to make other arrangements. 

 “Pick-up times the first week will be on Wednesday and Saturday, May 13th and 16th.  This will allow us to see how the service works and perhaps improve it.”  Yundt Silver said.  Plans are in place to provide pick-up from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, noon to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  She continued, “We’d like to see these hours expand, so everyone is encouraged to use Curbside Pickup Service at Hannibal Free Public Library.”

 The Library’s Curbside Pickup Service will be provided at the back of the building through the fire door.  Staff will bring items to patrons’ cars on the passenger side during reserved time periods. “To try to ensure safety, we’ve spaced pickup times ten minutes apart,” Assistant Director Caitlin Greathouse said.  She continued, “We know that our patrons have been missing our services and we sure miss our patrons. We hope that Curbside Service will be useful during these times.  We want everyone to stay safe, stay healthy, and keep reading!”  

Also beginning Wednesday, May 13th, patrons can return books and other materials in the exterior book drop located at the west side of the building on South Church Street. The Library will quarantine returned materials for three days before checking them in and returning them to circulation.   

 For more information about Curbside Pickup Service and other library resources, patrons are encouraged to call Hannibal Free Public Library, visit the library’s website, or like the Library on Facebook.

Hallie Yundt Silver, Director
Hannibal Free Public Library
200 South Fifth Street
Hannibal, MO  63401
hallieys@hannibal.lib.mo.us
www.hannibal.lib.mo.us
ph 573-221-0222
fax 573-221-0369