203-272-2245 · 104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

Cheshire Public Library’s Coronavirus Response

Library Services

The Cheshire Public Library is closed to the public to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our Librarians are working remotely. We are still available by email or phone Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm to answer your questions, help you download digital materials, or resolve any issues with your library account.

If contacting us by phone, you will be prompted to leave a message which will be checked at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm each day. Be sure to leave a call back number. Email will be checked more frequently. Click here to send an email.

All materials currently checked out will accrue no fines while we are closed.

Our bookdrops are closed until further notice. Please do not leave any library materials outside of the library. They may not be retrievable and you will be held responsible for anything lost, damaged, or stolen. You may return your items when the library reopens to the public.

The Spring Book Sale has been cancelled. The Library is not accepting book donations at this time. Please do not leave donations outside of the library.

Our digital collection is still open 24/7. Cheshire residents can download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines all day and every day. We also now offer AcornTV and The Great Courses. For more information visit https://www.cheshirelibrary.org/downloads

Cheshire residents may also access our numerous digital services like Mango Languages, Consumer Reports, JobNow and more at https://www.cheshirelibrary.org/research

If you need help getting started, call us at 203-272-2245.

This is a developing situation that could change at any time. Please check our website and social media for the latest information. Thank you for your understanding while we work to keep our residents safe.

 

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.

 

Regarding Curbside Service of Materials

Dear Cheshire Library Users,

I wanted to respond to some recent requests for the Library to provide curbside service of materials. When the Governor’s Executive Order regarding social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses was announced, Town Manager Sean Kimball and I made the decision to have library staff work remotely and not offer curbside service. We felt this was the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of Library staff and our community. We understand that some libraries have opted to offer curbside service, but the majority have not. Once the tightest restrictions have been lifted, we will reevaluate curbside service as one of the stages in reopening to the public.

Despite working remotely, Library staff are continuing to provide materials, services and programs every day and we are adding to those offerings each week. I invite you to log on to our website at www.cheshirelibrary.org and check out our calendar of programs and digital content. Along with live virtual programs, we have created new instructional videos for our YouTube page. We have increased our selection of free downloadable materials for all ages including children and teens and added Acorn TV and Great Courses. We have also changed our process for acquiring a virtual Cheshire Library card that will allow residents to easily access our digital offerings during this time.

While we have loved seeing many of you at our virtual programs and the use of our digital content has increased, it has been extremely difficult as a library to deny residents access to physical items and we certainly miss seeing everyone in person. On behalf of all of the Cheshire Library staff, we look forward to the day we can reopen our doors and welcome you back. Until then, please know we are here for you and are happy to connect with you by phone or email.

Be well and stay safe,

Beth Crowley
Cheshire Library Director