Eckhart Public Library will be closed from September 25 through October 2, but things won’t be slow behind the scenes!
During the library’s annual maintenance closing, which falls during the week of the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, we will be installing upgraded cabling and wireless access points. This equipment will help us better take advantage of the high-speed internet coming into the building, which will allow you to connect easier to the library’s Wi-Fi, and will enhance overall network performance.
The library’s Wi-Fi signal may not be available on the library campus, including in the library park, while the new cabling and wireless access points are installed during the week of September 25. However, when you return to the library when it reopens on Monday, October 3, you should see faster internet speeds.
A portion of the expenses for the project will be reimbursed through category two e-rate reimbursement. E-rate is a federal program through the Federal Communications Commission that allows schools and libraries to have a portion of the cost of certain communications and technology projects and services reimbursed.
In addition, the purchase of the 19,000 feet of updated cabling for the Main Library building is made possible by an LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.
Some staff members will also be on the library campus during the maintenance closing to complete other behind-the-scenes projects, such as cataloging items, processing returns, rearranging public spaces, and planning library programs and services.
All Eckhart Public Library cardholders can access the library’s e-book and e-audiobook collection through the Northeast Indiana Digital Library while the library is closed for maintenance at nidl.lib.overdrive.com. You will need your library card number and PIN to access this service.
Eckhart Public Library cardholders with green Evergreen Indiana cards can also check out items from other Evergreen libraries during the closure. The other three public libraries in DeKalb County – Butler, Garrett, and Waterloo public libraries – are all Evergreen libraries. A full list of Evergreen libraries is here.