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Cheshire Public Library’s Coronavirus Response

Updated: 6/22/20
The Cheshire Public Library is currently closed to the public to minimize the spread of COVID-19
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The library’s book drop is open. Only the book drop by the parking lot will be open at this time. Fines will not accrue on any items, so materials can be returned at your convenience. Please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing when returning your materials. All returned materials will be quarantined for 7 days before they are checked in per the Health Department’s recommendations. You will accrue NO FINES.

We are still not taking book donations at this time.

Grab ‘n Go Curbside Pickup is Here!

We are pleased to now offer library patrons a contactless pickup service called Grab ‘n Go!

When Will the Library Open?

Dear Cheshire Library Community,

The many questions we’ve received about the Library opening are heartwarming. We’re glad to be providing a service that you’d like to see resume and we have certainly missed seeing all of you in person.

While the library was closed, the planned replacement of the roof and all nine of our aging air handling units was completed. Staff are able to safely return to the building this week to put into place our plans for a phased expansion of library services. The first phase of this expansion will consist of opening our book drop and beginning contactless pickup of library materials and printed documents. We will continue our virtual programming including an exciting summer reading program for all ages and we are still available to answer your informational and technology questions by phone or email.

After this initial phase, the decision and manner in which we expand library services further will be based on the recommendations of our local health district and Town government, as well as our ability to meet the State-level guidelines for reinstating services.
Here are some of the areas that need to be addressed before our library can reopen to the public in a way that is safe for both visitors and staff:

• Adequate PPE for library staff and visitors
• Ability to monitor limits on the number of people in the building
• Ability to monitor limits on the amount of time visitors spend here
• Separation of people using computers or study rooms
• Redesign or adaptation of places where people interact face-to-face, such as check-out desks or reference services
• Planning to accomplish disinfection of shared surfaces multiple times during each work day

While libraries have the State’s permission to open during Stage Two of the reopening plan, we will not be able to fully open until we have adjusted the environment to make it safe for all. We are anxious to return to the personal services that brought us to library work as a profession, but we are now challenged by the need to make radical changes that will significantly alter how we serve you, our most respected guests.

Please revisit our home page often so you can follow our progress!

Sincerely,

Beth Crowley
Library Director

COVID-19 Information

Authoritative and up-to-date information on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

The state of Connecticut has an information hotline for questions from the public about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 211 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211. Our Librarians are also available by phone or email to help you find current news articles on COVID-19.

For more COVID-19 Information and FREE resources to enjoy at home (like virtual museum tours!) please visit our COVID-19 Resources page.