Batavia Public Library

COVID-19 Update: Batavia Public Library remains closed to the public until further notice. Our staff can still serve you via email,, or text us: Text 66746; enter askBPL; type your question.
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Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-1393

Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-1393

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UPDATE for our patrons:

For the safety of our community and staff, and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Batavia Public Library is closed to the public until further notice.

All programs and meeting room reservations have been canceled through August. This date may be extended as we continue to evaluate the situation.

How do I contact the Library during the quarantine?

•   email to
•   Text us! Text 66746; enter askBPL; type your question

Staff will reply to questions: Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Answers to some frequently asked questions:

How long will the Library be closed?

The Library is closed and all events are canceled until further notice.

When can I return my library materials?

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, return bins will be placed in front of the Library’s main entrance Monday through Saturday beginning at 10:00 am. Due to limited staffing and storage space, returns will be accepted until the bins for that day are full. Our drive up and walk-up bookdrops will remain closed at this time.

For staff and patron safety, returned items will be quarantined for 7 days. Please note that items will remain checked out to your account for at least 7 days after they have been returned.

Will my library materials be overdue? 

UPDATE: Due dates have been extended through July 13, 2020. No late fees will be applied at this time. 

What is happening with my holds?

All holds have been suspended. This means you will NOT lose your place in the holds queue. Any holds currently on the holds shelf in the Library will still be waiting for you when we reopen.

Can I place holds on items now?

You can place holds on items through the Library catalog. Due to library closures, you may not receive your item for several weeks.

How can I contact the Library?

Staff will reply to questions: Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

eBooks and eMedia increased limits

Use your Batavia Public Library card (or your eCard) number and PIN to access free eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and TV shows. Visit the eBooks & eMedia page for more information.

  • We’ve increased eMedia availability during the Library closure:

    • Kanopy: selected streaming video checkouts are unlimited through April 12.
    • eMediaLibrary: checkouts are increased to 10 items per patron at a time.
    • Hoopla checkouts are increased to 10 items per month per patron.
    • Hoopla is temporarily offering free check outs on over 1,100 titles with their new Bonus Borrows Collection. Items from that collection will not count against your 10 items per month.
    • Restrictions on access to eMedia have been removed (except for accounts with fines of $100+).

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:

Our online library is open 24/7

Use your Batavia Public Library card number and PIN* to

What hours will Library staff be responding to questions? 

Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Library staff will respond to questions submitted via email or text.