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Libraries adjust services during coronavirus pandemic

  • Jaffrey Public Library staff had some fun greeting patrons taking advantage of the curbside pickup with the library closed to the public. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/18/2020 2:01:38 PM

Libraries are a place that folks gather for programs, check out books and use the internet. But with municipalities trying to do their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus, libraries all around the region have made changes to the way business is done moving forward.

From complete closings to altered open times to curbside pickup for materials, alterations to services are continually changing. On Wednesday morning, the New Hampshire State Library suspended its statewide inter-library loan operations through at least April 3. Here is an up to date list of current library policies in the region, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Antrim

The Tuttle Library is closed to the public through April 6, but a reopening date will be reevaluated as time goes on. All programs have been canceled as well.

Patrons can call or email with requests for resources and they will be placed in the front entrance way for pickup. The virtual reality headset and PS4 will be unavailable at this time. There will also be other resources available, like tax forms and information about the electronic library available in the entrance way.

The library has also created a new protocol for cleaning books.

“We always cleaned our books, but now we stepped it up to clean and disinfect,” said Library Director Cindy Jewett.

Jewett said staff will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday to gather materials for patrons.

“We want to accommodate people as best we can,” Jewett said.

Bennington

The GEP Dodge Library will be closed to patrons through Monday, April 6. All programming has been canceled during that time.

Librarians be at the library during regular open hours and will take and fill materials requests by phone, email and through the library’s catalog.

Call the library at 588-6585 if you can not remember your patron number or password and to schedule a ‘curbside’ pick-up of your requested books.

Dublin

The Dublin Library will be closed through April 6. Call the library at (603) 563-8658 for a recorded message with further updates.

Francestown

The George H. Bixby Memorial Library is closed to the public and will be through April 7.

Greenfield

The Stephenson Memorial Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Email or call in book and DVD requests and materials will be left in the lobby, which will be open during regular hours. Materials should be returned to the book drop. The internet is still available/accessible from outside the library with no password needed.

Greenville

After discussions with the Board of Trustees, the Chamberlin Free Public Library will be offering very limited in-person services through April 5.

Library users may request books, magazines, and DVDs via the online catalog, through email or by calling the library at (603) 878-1105 at any time and leaving a message. Materials may be picked up at the library on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Patrons may also park on the library side of Main Street and call when outside for deliver to the car.

Items may be returned to the outdoor drop box at any time. No overdue fines will be assessed during this period.

There will be no meetings or programs or access to library computers for the remainder of the school closure time.

Hancock

The Hancock Library closed to the public on Wednesday will be till April 6. All programming has been canceled until further notice. 

Patrons can call during regular hours to reserve materials for pickup.

Jaffrey

The Jaffrey Public Library has instituted their Pandemic Policy because the schools are closed.

The library will be closed to the public until further notice, but there are many options available for those seeking materials.

Perrin said that curbside pickup will be available for reserved items, as well as pre-selected bundles and home learning bundles to support parents teaching children at home when school is out. There is also online programming available through www.townofjaffrey.com/jaffrey-public-library/library-go.

She added the books that are returned through the drop box will be disinfected and taken out of circulation for one week.

“The last thing we want to do is send out a book or movie that’s contaminated,” said Library Director Julie Perrin.

As of Monday, curbside pickup will be held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

A limited staff will be reporting to the library each day, while other staff will have work-at-home assignments.

Lyndeborough

The J.A. Tarbell Library will be closed until further notice and all programming has been canceled.

Road side pick up will be available. Call 654-6790 or email jat@tellinks.net with requests and patrons will be contacted to arrange for curbside pick up during normal business hours: Monday, noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. 

Mason

The Mason Public Library is closed until further notice. All books will be renewed and updates will be posted.

New Ipswich

The New Ipswich Library is closed to the public and all programming has been canceled or postponed at this time, as well as groups and clubs that meet at the library.

Books, DVDs, magazines and audios are available for pick up during the hours of Monday and Wednesday, from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no Saturday hours as of now.

Peterborough

The Peterborough Town Library is now closed to in-person visits, but will continue to provide many key services. Access to the collection can be had through curbside delivery and print-on-demand services. For a full description of services, visit https://peterboroughtownlibrary.org/libraryservicescovid19response.

Rindge

The Ingalls Memorial Library Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, and decided to close the library to the public through at least April 6.

The building will be staffed during regular library hours (with the exception of Saturday mornings) as long as staff is available. If staff is unable to be in the building, notice will be posted on the doors.

The library will offer curbside services, but logistics are still being worked out, while access to virtual resources is ongoing. Services can be requested by emailing donna@ingallslibrary.com or info@ingallslibrary.com or by calling (603) 899-3303. The catalog is available through www.ingallslibrary.com. 

All programming is canceled through the end of April at this time.

Temple

The Mansfield Library will be closed for the foreseeable future and updates will be posted on the town website when available.

Wilton

The library board of Trustees made the decision to close the library until further notice. The library will do all it can to provide books and services remotely while closed. More will be available on its website soon.

The library is extending all due dates, ending the charging of overdue fees, and freezing all reserves.

It is asked that currently checked out books remain at home and are not placed in the book drop outside the library.


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