The Joliet Public Library is partnering with six other area libraries and opening their books drops to collect donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for area hospitals and health care workers.
Operation H.O.P.E. (Handing Out Protective Equipment) is a collaborative effort between local libraries to help support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations will be dropped off at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet and Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.
Participating libraries will collect:
• N95 masks
• Procedural masks
• Isolation gowns
• Surgical gowns
• Disposable lab coats
• Tyvek coveralls
• Hand-sewn masks (craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern)
• Hand sanitizer and bleach wipes
Place donations in book drops at these locations:
Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet
Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood
Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield
New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Pkwy., New Lenox
Three Rivers Public Library District, Minooka Branch, 109 N Wabena Ave., Minooka
Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield St, Coal City
Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave, Sheridan
Book drops will be open to collect PPE only.
Patrons: please hold onto checked-out library materials. Do not return them to the book drops during this time.
For more information, visit jolietlibrary.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.