We at GCPL have been doing our best to adapt our services to these truly unprecedented and trying times. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.  

Construction on the new Bainbridge and Thompson Branches continues. We look forward to unveiling these new buildings in late October (Thompson) and winter (Bainbridge). It is our hope that we can open the doors to these new buildings to you, our beloved patrons, but, as we have all learned over the last several months, we have to take a wait and see approach. 

We will be offering tours of the new Thompson Branch on select days and times between Oct. 12 – 21. Go to our calendar to register for a tour and read more about these tours here.

In May we introduced Contact-free pickup, which continues to go well. We have adapted our Print, Scan, and Fax, Reference, Reader’s Advisory, and eCard services to a virtual platform called Ask Us Online, which you can access on our website. 100 Book Challenge participants and newcomers can also do so online.   

A warm fireplace and plenty of reading space in this interior shot from our new Thompson Branch.

Our electronic lending through Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla is off the charts, indicating that the public has been meeting many of their library needs through that avenue. We will keep this up and continue to add more content as we can. 

While we miss the in-person camaraderie of our regular programming, we have found ways to use the Zoom platform to engage with our community, offering as many dynamic classes and programs as possible. Your participation in these events brings us great joy and enthusiasm when we need it most. May it continue.  

On July 7, we moved into the next phase of our reopening, allowing patrons back into the buildings for walk-through browsing and computer access. 

We have missed seeing you and look forward to the day when we can return to full-scale normalcy. In the meantime, let us all continue to do the best that we can while taking cues from federal, state, and county officials as to best practices to ensure the health and safety of Geauga County and beyond.   

Thank you for continuing to connect with us. 

Please stay safe.