NOTICE : Building and Services Update --Curbside pickup hours announced

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of concern for the safety and well being of our staff and patrons, the Harvard Diggins Library BUILDING will remain CLOSED until further notice. The Library will begin Curbside Pickup for holds on May 28. The hours for this service, by appointment only, are as follows:

Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We are continually monitoring the situation and will re-open for full services when safe conditions allow. We will post further updates to the library's hours and services here, and on Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy and safe!

Harvard Diggins Library services update --announcing Curbside Pick-up!

The Harvard Diggins Library is happy to announce that we will begin Curbside Pickup by appointment for holds on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Just follow these 3 simple steps!

Step 1 : Place a hold. You can do this through your account online, by calling the library at 815-943-4671, or by sending an e-mail request to

Step 2 : Arrange a pick-up time. When your items are ready, staff will notify you to arrange a pickup time.

Step 3 : Pick up your items. At the arranged pick-up time, your items will be bagged and placed on a table by the Library's entrance for no-contact pick-up. Please remember to social distance when picking up items.

Returning items : When you return items, please place them in either bookdrop --NOT ON THE PICKUP TABLE. Items will be quarantined for 7 days before checking in. This will cause items to remain on patron accounts longer than expected but no late fees will be charged.

Some things to take note of as we begin this service : The library building remains closed to the public. Delivery between libraries has not yet resumed so only Harvard Library items will be availble for holds at this time. Your request may take longer to process than usual due to the need to quarantine materials. We anticipate a high volume of requests, so please be patient with us as we do our best to meet your reading and vewing needs during this very difficult time. With all of that said, we are very excited to take this first step in bringing back library service to our community! If you have any questions, please contact the library at 815-943-4671.

'Dig Deeper!' -- Summer Reading Club 2020 begins June 1, 2020

Get ready! We're excited to announce that Summer Reading Club 2020 will begin on June 1st. All three programs for kids, teens, and adults will be on an exciting new platform called BEANSTACK available online or via mobile app. Track all your reading and activities to earn badges and raffle tickets. Enter your raffle tickets digitally into the prize pools right in the Beanstack app!

More information about how to sign up for Summer Reading Club will be available soon! We will post it here and on our Facebook page. We look forward to reading with everyone this summer! If you have any questions, contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Hungry for something new? It's a good time to try Mango Languages!

Mango Languages --Deliciously simple language and culture learning in over 70 languages!

Harvard Diggins Library patrons are now able to enjoy Mango Languages! Mango is a PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software that teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. Travelers and students alike will enjoy this colorful, educational language tool! You can also download the Mango app to a device and learn on-the-go! Your library card number is your ticket to this great resource!

Welcome to the Tumble Book Library! --new online resource for e-books and e-audio now available

Need some more books for the kids? Depleted your stack of Romances? Listened to your last audiobook? The Harvard Diggins Library has new resource for e-books and e-audio that will help with that! TumbleBooks is an online reading (and listening!) opportunity for kids, teens, and adults that includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, non-fiction titles, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels, math stories, an all-ages audio book database, and an entire library dedicated to romance books! This resource is available to all who visit our website --no card or login access necessary!

Click below on one of our new TumbleBook Library links to get started!

TumbleBookLibrary K-6 children's e-book database
TumbleMath K-6 math e-book database
TeenBookCloud Grades 7-12 e-book database
AudioBookCloud All-ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud A huge collection of steamy romance novels!

Need Library Materials during the closure? OverDrive e-downloads are available!

Effective immediately, Overdrive Media downloads are available to any user with a valid Harvard library card. ALL CARDS WILL BE HONORED THROUGH THE LIBRARY CLOSURE, FINES AND EXPIRATION DATES WILL BE WAIVED AT THIS TIME. Overdrive Media offers both text eBooks (ePub, Kindle, or PDF formats) and eAudiobooks (WMA or MP3 formats) for checkout. You can download these to your home computer or laptop. Loans have a specified duration and your access to a borrowed title will end when the loan period expires. In order to borrow or download, you must have your library card barcode and PIN (personal identification number.)

To browse available titles on the Overdrive service, go to

Help is available on the site.

Introducing Creativebug! --online video craft classes now available

Missing our craft classes? Please join us online with Creativebug, your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. ... until we can craft together again soon :) Log in with your library card number and you'll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. Click here to get started!

Access to our new Creativebug subscription requires a Harvard Diggins Library card. Please take a picture of your craft projects made with this new resource and share them on our Facebook page!

Harvard Diggins Library Services Update --items due? card expiring? The Library has your back!

Books coming due? The Library has updated all items with due dates between 03/13/2020 and 03/31/2020 to a new due date of 06/26/2020. Because of the extended due dates, we ask that patrons please hold on to their library materials and refrain from returning them in the drop boxes at this time. This will lessen the chance of damage to the books from overcrowding and water damage from the predicted rain/snow during the closure. Again, please hold on to your materials! There is no need to return them at this time.

Card due to expire? The Library has updated all patron cards that would have expired between 03/01/2020 and 03/31/2020 with a renewal date of 07/01/2020.

We hope that these adjustments add some additional time for enjoyment of the materials you have borrowed!

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