Tuesday 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday 2:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
RFL Closed to Public
The last few days have been confusing for our community as we grapple with the rapidly changing demands the spread of coronavirus has brought to us. It is no different at the library. Just a few days ago, I was debating whether to postpone future library programs. Now I am writing to announce more drastic news – following new guidance for public spaces and support from the RFL Board of Trustees, the RFL building is now closed to the public and reopening tentatively April 15th 2020. Please know that the decision was not taken lightly and that the safety of our patrons, staff, community, and the collection itself were forefront in our mind throughout the decision making process.
I know this announcement will be a disappointment to many of you, we understand. Watching many groups from differing reaches of our community cross paths in the library is one of the joys of being at the RFL. Under normal circumstances this is what makes the RFL a powerful force in the community. Take some assurance in that only the building, not the library is closed. Though the systems of operation will look different during our closure, staff will be working behind the scenes to do our absolute best to continue to serve the community during this state of emergency. What will this look like? Below are the current procedures we have in place to provide safe and effective library service during the closure. I anticipate these procedures will be changing in the future as new guidance and community feedback comes in. Please stay in touch with us and let us know what is working for you and how we can improve the model outlined here. Your input will be invaluable as we navigate this situation we all find ourselves in.
The RFL building is restricted to staff access only. The building will continue to be disinfected throughout the closure for staff safety and will be thoroughly cleaned prior to opening the building back up to the public. Availability of cleaning products could impact the decision on when to reopen the building. We are doing our best to curb the spread of the coronavirus and will not reopen the building if we are unable to accomplish the disinfection and sanitation recommended for our space.
GROUPS & PROGRAMS:
Every program and meeting scheduled for March and April is postponed to a potential future date. More announcements will be made closer to our tentative reopening date regarding the scheduling of spring programs and meetings at the RFL.
ACCESS to LIBRARY SERVICES:
Accessing RFL Materials – We are offering curbside pickup of RFL materials to all library patrons, and home deliveries to Roxbury residents and patrons who reside in an adjacent town to Roxbury. To ask for specific titles or ask us to pack up a selection of books, movies, etc… call (485-6860) or email (email@example.com). Staff will still be responding to phone calls and email messages during the closure so please reach out with questions and requests.
You will need to contact us to arrange a home delivery of library materials. For both home delivery and curbside pickups, we will respect your wishes for either hand delivering the bagged materials or you retrieving the items yourself from the porch.
Staff will be at the RFL during the following consolidated hours for curbside pickup and drop off:
Tues. 3:30 – 5:00
Wed. 9:00 – 10:30
Sat 11:00 – 12:30
Materials checked out during the closure will not be due until May 2nd 2020.
Interlibrary Loan – Interlibrary loan is still a possibility for acquiring materials we don’t own. However, I can’t make any predictions on how quickly items will arrive since libraries all over the country and Canada are not operating under normal work conditions.
Free lending library – We will be setting up a free lending library on the porch of the library (when weather allows) for people to select books from without checking them out. Feel free to pick one up!
Book returns – We welcome patrons to return books through the book return box if you are healthy and able. Please don’t worry if you are unable to get to the library. I am working to update our system so that you will not be receiving email overdue notices during our closure. Following the latest best practices, all returned materials will be quarantined for 9 days before returning to circulation. The quarantine will slow turnaround time on some of our new bestsellers. But don’t worry, we’re expecting to use the closure as an opportunity to weed and grow the collection so you can expect new materials coming into the RFL throughout the closure. Please let us know if there is something new you’d like us to acquire.
WIFI – Wifi will stay on and patrons can use our wifi from outside the building 24/7 (no password required).
Downloadable Materials – If you have already set up an account through the Roxbury Free Library with the Listen Up Vermont (LUV), you can check out ebooks and audio books through https://gmlc.overdrive.com/ If you haven’t, please contact us and we will help you get setup. You can also get free ebooks at https://www.gutenberg.org/.
Universal Class – More than 500 online classes available for free with your library account
Vermont Online Library – Fantastic databases on a wide-spectrum of topics
Learning Express – A powerful online platform to help prep for professional exams, job advancement, and more
Like us, I suspect many of you have been bombarded with emails in the past week. To acknowledge the pressures that constant email updates can place on us, I intend to make this the last email we send to our patrons during the closure. During the closure the library will maintain communication primarily through our website. Please check our COVID-19 post for up to date operations at the RFL.
Be well, stay informed, and remember that reading a great book in front of the fire can be a near perfect form of social distancing!