Plans for Reopening

    We're Open!

    Reopening FAQs for Library Patrons

    Is the Library open?

    Yes! We are happy to announce that we are in Phase III as of July 20th, which means that patrons will be allowed into the Library without an appointment. Appointments are still necessary to use a computer. While the Library will still be offering and encouraging Curbside Pickup for holds, patrons will also be able to visit the Library in person to use a computer (call 822-9105 to reserve a computer), get 1-on-1 reference/readers advisory assistance with a staff member, copy/scan/fax materials, or to browse. Please note that we are still at limited capacity and 15 patrons are allowed in at one time. In the event of a line forming outside the Library, please stand 6 ft. apart in the direction of the bulletin boards (away from the Town Hall tables).

     

    Is the Book Drop open?

    Yes! Our book drop has had a face-lift – bright green paint and new lettering so it’s easier to spot! All returns must be placed in the book drop so that they can be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. As a result of this quarantine period, you will still see items on your account for 72 hours after you have returned them, but you will not accrue any fines during this quarantine period.

    If an item doesn’t fit in the book drop, please let us know so that a staff member can take it with gloves and put it in the quarantine area.

     

    Are you taking donations of books, CDs, DVDs, etc.?

    Due to health and safety concerns, we are not accepting donations at this time and our blue donation bin is currently closed. 

     

    I returned my books, but they are still checked out on my account. What should I do?

    Per state recommendations, all returns will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. As a result of this quarantine period, you will still see items on your account for 72 hours after you have returned them, but you will not accrue any fines during this 72-hour period. We thank you for your patience - please wait three business days and then check your account again.

     

    Why have my items been "In Transit" for so long?

    Per state recommendations, all deliveries are being quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. As a result of this quarantine period, you may experience delays in receiving your holds. We are working hard to ensure that you received your materials as quickly and safely as possible and we thank you for your patience.

     

    Do I need to stay for the full 45 minutes if I make an appointment to use a computer?

    All computer appointments are for a 45-minute window during which a computer is reserved for you, but you do not need to arrive exactly on time or stay for the 45 minutes. For example, if you make an appointment for 10:00 am to use a computer, you can come in anytime between 10:00 am and 10:45 am but the appointment does end at 10:45 am to accommodate the next user. Please note that arriving early will not grant you early access to the computers – please arrive within the time frame of your appointment to allow for proper social distancing. In the event of a line forming outside the Library, please stand 6 ft. apart in the direction of the bulletin boards (away from the Town Hall tables).  We understand that this is not what you’re used to when visiting the Library and we thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to safely and gradually resume in-person services.

     

    Is the Children’s Area open?

    The Children’s Area is open for browsing with a limited capacity, but the seating and toys have been removed. We encourage you to take advantage of our Curbside Pickup service to maintain social distancing.

     

    Can I enter the Library without a mask?

    According to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-30, patrons must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times while in the Library. If you are unable to do so, we encourage you to take advantage of our Curbside service or call us ahead of time, so that we can accommodate you and expedite your visit as much as possible. We thank you for your cooperation.

     

    Can I browse the Library stacks?

    Yes! Our capacity is currently limited to 15 patrons at a time, so you will be able to browse the stacks while social distancing from one another. Please keep to one person per aisle.

     

    Can I use the restroom?

    Yes. The Men’s and Women’s rooms are open to our patrons, but only one patron is allowed in at a time, so please knock before entering. The restrooms are cleaned regularly throughout the day. The “Children’s” restroom is now designated as the Staff Only restroom to better maintain social distancing.

     

    Can I read the newspaper or magazines while I’m in the Library?

    For health and safety purposes, there are currently no seating areas available for sitting down to read and these materials will be off-limits. If you would like to check out a back-issue of a magazine, please speak to someone at the Reference Desk and they will assist you.

     

    Can I print, copy, and fax items?

    Yes! Patrons can use the copier and printer and we can fax items for you. We have three computers available by appointment and one “Express” computer available for quick printing. Please call ahead to reserve a computer at 822-9105.

     

    Do we sanitize books?

    The recommendation from the REopening Archives Libraries and Museums (REALM) Research Project is that the best way to disinfect books and paper materials is by quarantining them for 72 hours. We are following this recommendation and quarantining all returned materials for 72 hours before handling them. As a result, after returning an item, your account will not immediately show that it has been returned. We will backdate all returns so that overdue fines do not accrue during that 72-hour period.

     

    Are fines being waived?

    We are back-dating all quarantined items to prevent the accrual of overdue fines during our 72-hour quarantine period. If you believe that you cannot return an item on time and are worried about accruing fines, call the Circulation Desk at 822-9100 and we will do our best to accommodate you.