Revisions to Service – Open for Browsing

Updated 6/1/21

Dear Belmont Public Library patrons, 

The Belmont Public Library restores many services on Tuesday, June 1st, as state and local government officials have rolled back a number of Covid-19 protocols. We are thrilled to welcome you back into the Belmont Public Library for full browsing and access to all parts of the library collection. We will continue to require masks for any individuals who have not been vaccinated, which includes children ages 5-11, one of our most important patron groups who is not yet eligible for the Covid-19 vaccines. We will be holding off on the resumption of onsite, indoor programs for the time being, but hope to begin programming at the Library again later in the summer or early fall. We will not have seating available immediately, which will help us to control capacity and length of visits to a certain extent. We want to take a wait and see approach to the restoring of library seating, as it’s possible the Covid-19 numbers in Massachusetts could rise with so many restrictions being lifted. As the month of June moves forward, we will determine the timeline for seating to return.

As before, adult and teen holds can be picked up at our Main Circulation desk, while Children’s holds can be picked up in the Jane Gray Dustan Children’s Room. Patrons will be allowed to pick up museum passes and Library of Things items on hold in the Reference Room too. Additionally, we’ll be continuing to offer 45-minute computer appointments, including the use of the printers and photocopiers. You can learn more about that here.

As a reminder, masks covering mouth and nose are required for unvaccinated people, including children ages 5 to 11. Masks are encouraged for vaccinated individuals.

Our hours are still as follows:

Monday – Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

This is an exciting time for us; we’ve missed you even more than you’ve missed us, I promise you. That said, it’s not time to let our guard down. Anyone who is most comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. Social distancing, the washing of hands, and use of hand sanitizer is still very encouraged. Let’s make sure that we keep the library safe for staff and patrons, and before long, we’ll be enjoying the library in all the ways we used to, and in some new ways too. We would also like to take this chance to unveil the self-check feature of the Minuteman Library mobile app. Once downloaded on iOS or Android devices, you can now pick up materials at the library, scan them yourselves on your mobile device, and complete your own checkout. Staff are available to show you how and give you a bit of training if needed. We’ll also be on the ready as always if you’d prefer a traditional transaction at our public service desks. We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.

Kind regards,

Peter J. Struzziero
Library Director