Curbside Services

Starting Wednesday, May 6 in Markle and Thursday, May 7 in Huntington, the Huntington and Markle libraries will begin offering limited in-person services to library patrons once again.

Due to the continued threat of COVID-19, both the Huntington and Markle library buildings remain closed. However, we will begin offering curbside services for holds and document printing and faxing.

Document printing and faxing

We will resume printing, copying, and faxing services at both library locations. You will need to contact the Reference Desk in Huntington at 260-356-0824 or by emailing ask@hctpl.info, or the main desk in Markle at 260-758-3332 or by emailing markle@hctpl.info, with your needs.

The first 10 pages we print, copy, or fax in one sitting will be free of charge. This is a tough time for everyone, and we firmly believe copy costs are the last thing anyone should need to worry about at this time. (If you need to print, copy, or fax more than 10 pages, please discuss this with Reference or Markle staff.)

Holds pickup

You can now borrow library materials again. To do so, you will need to place a hold on an item.

  1. Log into your account at https://hctpl.polarislibrary.com
  2. Search for the item you wish to place on hold.
  3. When you’ve found it, click the Hold for Me button.

When the item(s) you’ve requested are available for pickup, we will call you at the phone number listed in your library account. You will have 3 days to come pick up your hold(s).

To pick up your holds, you will need to visit the library and park in one of the designated parking spaces. Then you will need to call or text 260-224-2097 to let us know your name and which numbered spot you are in (#1-6). You will also need to open the trunk of your car for us, but please stay inside your vehicle. This entire process will be contactless, for your safety and that of our staff. No exceptions to this will be made.

If walking to the library, a bench will be designated and the procedure will be the same as for parked vehicles.

A library staff person will then come out, place your bagged items in your trunk, and you can leave. If you do not have a trunk or do not wish your items placed there, each parking spot has a crate in which we’ll place your items. Once library staff are back inside the building, you are able to take your items from the crate and store them where you please.

Please make sure to bring your library card as we will use this to confirm we’re delivering the items to the correct person. Due to the added work this process requires, we will only fulfill up to 10 holds at one time. You can have as many holds pickups as you like, however!

You cannot return items to library staff when picking up holds. All returns must be placed in the book drops so they can undergo proper quarantine procedure. No exceptions to this will be made.

Please do not attempt to disinfect library items. If you are concerned about contamination, we recommend you leave your items, untouched, in your vehicle for a minimum of 48 hours. Unless the forecast is for a very hot day, they’ll survive!

While most of the nation was in quarantine, our orders for new materials were placed on hiatus. We are now ordering new titles again, but items may be available much later after release date than usual. We ask your patience as we work to catch up!

Place holds via phone or email

You may also place holds by calling or emailing either library. Below is a form you can use to email your requests in, as well.

Your name:

Your library card number:

Your phone number:

Your email (not required; we will send a confirmation email if you do share one, however):

Your requests:

Your pickup library:

Do you have other holds placed in your library account?

Public computer access

We now have limited public computer access. You may sign up for one slot each day, of one hour (if you are filing for unemployment of doing other life-necessity work, a slot longer than an hour will be allowed if needed). Reference staff can assist you from a safe distance as well.

These slots will be during our open hours listed below. Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged; we may provide one for you if you do not have access to one.

No other services inside the building are available.

Call or email the Reference Desk at 356-0824 or ask@hctpl.info to sign up.

Library hours

The Huntington and Markle libraries will operate under limited hours at this time.

Huntington

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday noon–6 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Markle

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1–6 p.m.

Returning items

The book returns are now open again. Items returned to the library will be cleared each day the library is staffed and placed in quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours. They will then be checked in. All items will have a two-day buffer when checked in to account for the extra days they spend in quarantine.

Please contact us at 260-356-0824 or ask@hctpl.info if you are having trouble returning your items on time due to the pandemic. We are more than happy to make accommodations so you may continue to keep yourself safe.

Safety procedures

We know you’ve missed the library. We’ve missed you! But we are taking this pandemic very seriously and have many safety procedures in place to keep library patrons and staff safe. Click here to read the safety precautions we are taking, which are centered around the professional advice of healthcare and disease experts at the local, state, and federal levels.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our library director, Beka Lemons, at rlemons@hctpl.info.

Other library services

As the pandemic situation improves, we will follow guidelines set by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to add back in library services gradually. At this time, no hard dates have been set. Please bookmark this webpage to find out when we add back in more library services.

Currently unavailable services:

  • Donations to Friends of the Library
  • Use of the library building
  • Use of the library’s meeting spaces
  • Public Notary services
  • In-person library programs