Welcome to WVPL!  Click HERE for our new schedule, including browsing hours at Blue Bell. 

CONTACTLESS PICK-UP Appointments continue at Ambler & Blue Bell.  Details HERE.  Book donations not accepted at this time.

SUMMER READING ENDS August 14!  Click here to join & win!

WVPL UPDATES DURING PHASED REOPENING

 08/05/2020

WVPL has begun the next phase of reopening.  Here are the available services:

* BROWSING HOURS AT BLUE BELL ONLY  

   - Blue Bell library will be open to the public for browsing on a limited schedule with a maximum capacity of 20 visitors at a time.  The Ambler Branch will continue to serve patrons by Contactless Pickup Only. 

   - Browsing hours at Blue Bell will be available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only from 11 AM to 6:45 PM. 

   - During browsing hours, you may access your holds in person.

   - You are required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times while visiting the library to browse the collection or to pick up a hold.

* Contactless pick-up by appointments will continue at Blue Bell on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. 

AMBLER LIBRARY CONTACTLESS PICKUP:

*  Contactless pick-up by appointments will continue at Ambler Monday through Friday.

For details about using contactless pick-up service visit www.wvpl.org/contactless.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  When in doubt about opening hours or pick-up procedures, please call before you visit! 

SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBPAGE FOR A DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF OUR REVISED SCHEDULE AND SERVICES.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What library services are currently available?

  • ONLINE HOLD REQUESTS Put items on hold online through your library account.  You may also call the library to place a hold. 
  • LIMITED BROWSING HOURS AT BLUE BELL ONLY

Blue Bell will be open to the public for brief, purposeful visits, including browsing and self-pick up of hold requests on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 6:45 PM. This schedule began on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.


  • PHONE & EMAIL REFERENCE SERVICES

Have a question for a reference librarian? Phone reference service is available MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 10 AM TO 6:30 PM, SATURDAYS from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.  Call 215-643-1320, EXT.19. PREFER EMAIL? Use the CONTACT US form at wvpl.org/contact.


I received an e-mail notification that my books have been checked out.  Can I come to the library to pick them up now?  You may come to Blue Bell library and pick up materials during browsing hours only: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 6:45 PM.  If you prefer a contactless pick-up at either Ambler or Blue Bell, you must schedule an appointment, even if you get a check-out receipt  in advance. We are checking out items as we prepare them for patron pick-up, so you may get your receipt earlier than your scheduled time. We still need you to keep your scheduled appointment if you choose contactless pick-up service.  

What happens to returned library items?  We quarantine items for 72 hours before handling and processing.  Please do NOT attempt to sanitize materials at home.

Return items in the outdoor book drop bins.  **Please do not hand returned items to staff when you are using our contactless pick-up service.

I returned my books a few days ago, but they’re still “out” on my library account? To limit contamination, returned items will be checked in 72 hours after we receive them.  Don’t be alarmed if you see items on your account that you had returned within the past 3 days.  

Can I request holds for new items?

YES. See complete details on this procedure HERE.

Can I check out a museum pass?

YES. See complete details on this procedure HERE.

Are you accepting book donations?

WVPL Blue Bell and Ambler are NOT accepting book donations at this time.  PLEASE DO NOT leave any donations outside of our buildings, near the book drop or deposit in the book drop to come in contact with returned library books.  Doing so takes away time from the staff to perform essential library tasks, and adds to the 72-hour quarantine period of all returned items.

Book donations were always collected, sorted and stored by hardworking volunteers of the Friends of the Library at both branches.   Because of the pandemic, volunteers cannot be in our buildings to resume this activity, as the variety of library tasks in which they've helped us prior to the lockdown.  Please keep donated books at home until we may receive them safely and process them properly in the future.

Will you provide virtual educational programs?

Yes! All educational programs continue online.  CLICK HERE to view our calendar of events. 

For storytimes, view Miss Michelle and Miss Erin's storytimes HERE. Be sure to scroll through the entire playlist!  

The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge, "Our Community Reads, Our Community Cares" ends August 14.  Log your books online at wvpl.beanstack.org.

How can I stay up to date on library operations and what’s available when?

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  When in doubt about opening hours or pick-up procedures, please call before you visit!  Our friendly staff can help!   You can always check our website at wvpl.org/status for updates as well as Facebook @wvplibrary.  We also post updates and news in our weekly e-newsletter Wowbrary.  Sign up to receive Wowbrary updates via email here.