ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library will launch curbside pickup service for library materials on June 1. This is part of a phased reopening plan following careful safety protocols.
To maximize safety for library patrons and staff, the building will not be open to the public until Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan, currently projected to begin in July.
During the first week in June, anyone who has items that were requested prior to the closure of the library will get first priority for curbside pickup service. Others may call the library or place requests through the online catalog. Curbside pickup service will be by appointment Monday through Saturday, exact hours to be determined soon. Library staff will contact patrons to schedule a time for pickup.
Due dates have been extended until July to give patrons additional time to bring items back and returned items will be quarantined for seven days to maximize safety.
All library fines will be waived for a period of six months to streamline service and ease financial burden during the pandemic. Community members may renew library cards or sign up for a new library account through the library’s online catalog or by phone. The library is not accepting book donations yet but anticipates taking them soon.
All library programs will continue to be offered virtually for the foreseeable future. Other digital services include ebooks, digital magazines, Acorn TV streaming video and streaming music. Further information about library services, including curbside pickup hours, will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook.