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Joliet Public Library and Surrounding Area Libraries Collecting PPE through Operation H.O.P.E.

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 work together to help support our 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 be collecting the following: 

  • 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

Any of the above items can be dropped off in participating book drops beginning on Friday, April 10 at these locations:

Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Rd, Joliet

Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Dr, 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

Homer Township Public Library District, 14320 West 151st Street, Homer Glen 

Book drops will be open to collect PPE only. Patrons are asked to continue to please hold on to their checked out library materials and not return them to the book drops during this time.

The Joliet Public Library is a resource for the Joliet community to read, explore, ask and discover. For more information, visit jolietlibrary.org or email dritter@jolietlibrary.org






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