ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Public Library will welcome the public back into the library building on Wednesday, July 1, with safety procedures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Staff and patrons will be required to wear a cloth face covering or mask. There will be a limit of 10 patrons in the building at a time and patrons are encouraged to limit their visits to 30 minutes.
The library will be open to the public Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9-5; Wednesday and Thursday 9-6; and Saturday 9-2. The library will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, for the July Fourth holiday.
Patrons will be able to browse and select their own books, movies and magazines to check out. Certain areas of the library will not be accessible during the first stage of reopening, including adult nonfiction, youth fiction, juvenile fiction and the boat room. Librarians can provide assistance retrieving materials from these areas.
Two computers will be available for 30-minute appointments. The genealogy collection, including microfilm, genealogy computers, and the Whitmore collection, is available by appointment only. Call the library to find out about access to the library’s genealogy collection.
Printing, scanning and faxing services will be available on the main floor.
The library will continue to offer curbside pickup by appointment for anyone who would prefer that option. In lieu of in-person programs this summer, the library will offer virtual programming and a virtual summer reading program for all ages.
For more information, follow the Ellsworth Public Library on Facebook or visit www.ellsworthlibrary.net. Email [email protected] or call 667-6363 with questions about the library’s reopening.