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UPDATE for our patrons:

Batavia Public Library has developed a plan for reopening the Library that will keep patrons, staff members, and the community safe. The staff is finalizing plans and awaiting the arrival of the remaining pieces of safety equipment.
Beginning as soon as mid-August, the Batavia Public Library will reopen the building to patrons on a limited basis for Grab & Go visits by appointment. Visitors will be able to browse the shelves, pick up holds, check out material, and renew or register for a library card.

Events and Programs

We have moved our events online. Find out more and register on our online event calendar.

Can I return my checked out materials?

Material drop off
Mon.–Thur., 10am–6pm (or until bins are full)
Fri.—Sat., 10am–4pm (or until bins are full)

Return bins will be placed in front of the Library’s main entrance Monday through Saturday beginning at 10 am. Due to limited staffing and storage space, returns will be accepted each day until the bins for that day are full.

Our drive-up and walk-up book drops are closed.

For staff and patron safety, returned items will be quarantined according to the CDC’s recommendations before staff process them.

Why can’t I return my materials at the regular book drops?

Please use the return bin in front of the Library to ensure the process of quarantining items runs smoothly and to safeguard the health of our customers and staff.

I returned my materials, but I still see them on my account.

Please allow 5 days for items to be checked in and in quarantine. Don’t worry, all late fees for those extra days are waived during this period!

Curbside Pickup

Put holds on materials and pick them up curbside at the Library by appointment. See the complete curbside pickup instructions.

How do I contact the Library during the quarantine?

Staff will reply to questions:
Monday – Thursday
from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Answers to some frequently asked questions:

How long will the Library be closed?

Beginning as soon as mid-August, the Batavia Public Library will reopen the building to patrons on a limited basis for Grab & Go visits by appointment. Visitors will be able to browse the shelves, pick up holds, check out material, and renew or register for a library card.

When are my checked-out items due?

Were your items checked out before the Library closed in March 2020? 

We extended the due date of anything checked out before March 17, 2020, to July 13, 2020. These items will generate overdue fines on your account. However, we will remove the fees upon check-in of these returned items. Items not returned 42 days after the due date, are billed as LOST.

Were your items checked out after June 16, 2020? 

Items checked out beginning June 16, 2020, or later have a loan period of 3 weeks with up to 2 renewals allowed. Checked out materials are “fine free for now” with up to two renewals.

These items will not generate overdue fines, however, if a library item becomes 14 days overdue, your card will be blocked until the item is checked in. Because we must quarantine returned items for 4 days, please be sure to return your items within 10 days of the due date to avoid any blocks on your library card.

Items not returned 42 days after the due date, are billed as LOST.

Thank you for understanding as we manage our library materials with the goal of getting our collection circulating quickly among more patrons. 

How can I ask a question?

Fill out the form below and we will email an answer:

Temporary eCards

During the COVID-19 quarantine, the Library can issue temporary library cards for electronic use only (eCards).

The purpose of the new eCard is to provide temporary access to electronic services for patrons who are eligible for a regular library card but prevented from registering for a library card due to the Library’s temporary closure.

REGISTER for an eCard

  • Upon registration, you will be granted full access to the library’s digital resources including e-books and databases.
  • Registrations are restricted to addresses within the Batavia Public Library’s service area zip codes.

What is my card number?

When logging into “my account” in the catalog, you will find an option for “forgot my card.” Fill in your last name and birthday and an email including your library card number will be sent to the email address in your account.

What is my PIN?

Your PIN is the last four digits of the primary phone number on your account or a PIN that you previously selected. If you need to have your PIN reset, please email your request, along with your library card number, to the Library at:
askus@bataviapubliclibrary.org

Our online library is open 24/7

Use your Batavia Public Library card number and PIN* to