Curbside Pickup at the Skaneateles Library gives you an easy and convenient way to get books and other materials from our collection and from other libraries in Onondaga County.
Return Items: Items can be returned to book drops on the library porch and near Byrne Dairy, as well as inside the library. Returned items are no longer quarantined. Overdue fines are currently waived thru September 2022.
Holds Pickup: Place items on hold and pick them up when they’re ready.
Mobile Printing: ePRINTit – our regular mobile printing service – is available. Start here or use the app on your phone.
How to pick up your holds curbside:
- Place your hold(s) in the online catalog or by calling the library.
- You’ll receive an email, text or automated phone call when your items are ready.
- You can pick up items any time during our open hours.
- Call us if you’d like to use curbside pickup:
- We’ll check your items out to you and put them in the cabinets on the porch
Things to keep in mind:
- Please do not use the cabinets to return items; items must be returned in the book drops or at the circulation desk.
- Please do not leave donations at the library or in drop boxes. You can bring them inside any time we’re open.
I received a notice that my items are ready for pickup. What do I do?
It’s easy! Just come to the library or give us a call any time during our open hours. You’re welcome to come inside to pick up your holds, but if you prefer curbside, just call to let us know when you’d like to get them. We’ll check out your items and place them in the cabinet on the front porch. Please protect your neighbors by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Can you bring items to my car?
Curbside pickup allows you to get your items without coming inside the library. If you’re unable to leave your vehicle, let us know when you call.
Please be ready to let us know where you’re parked and what kind of car you’re driving. Staff will bring your items to you.
Can I return my books?
Yes! You may return items to the circulation desk, the book drops on the library’s porch and in the Byrne Dairy parking lot. If you have something too large (early literacy kits or discovery backpacks) or too delicate to put in the book drops (Chromebooks, hotspots, kits or backpacks, etc.), please bring them to the circulation desk.
PRO TIP: You may be able to get larger items (or plastic bags with several books) into the drop box, but we won’t be able to get them out! We appreciate you returning those items to the desk.
Can I bring book donations?
Yes, we are gratefully accepting your donations! Please do not leave them outside the library or in any of our book drops; just bring them inside the library any time we’re open.
How do I place a hold online?
Visit our online catalog to search for books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and more! To place a hold, you’ll need your library barcode and 4-digit PIN. You can look for items countywide or just limit your search to Skaneateles Library.
If you run into trouble, call us at 315-685-5135. We’d be happy to find items for you!
Can you look for specific items or give me reading suggestions?
What if I no longer need the items that are being held for me?
No problem! Just call or email and let us know. We’ll send them on to the next person.
Are library materials safe to use?
From the beginning of the pandemic, we have strictly followed CDC recommendations and took necessary precautions to keep our staff and patrons safe. These precautions included quarantining library materials returned at all Onondaga County libraries for several days before they were checked in and recirculated. This was an important safety decision early in the pandemic, but new science has shown that surface contact is not a significant means of virus transfer.
Therefore, OCPL libraries discontinued quarantine in late April 2021, as have many other library systems in New York State, including Mid-Hudson, Pioneer, Suffolk and Westchester. Hand hygiene, mask wearing and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces have proven to be important tools in preventing spread of the virus, and library staff and patrons will continue to follow these recommendations.
As always, we will continue to respond to evolving information and circumstances, and we are thankful for our community’s cooperation and support!