Open to the Public!
Monroe Free Library will begin offering limited access to patrons beginning on Monday, July 20.
The library will continue to operate with reduced hours: 10 to 3 on weekdays and Saturdays, with the exception of Wednesday, which offers afternoon and evening hours from 3 to 8 p.m.
Masks will be required to enter the library, without exception. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose.
Plastic shields have been installed at each of the public service desks and new sanitation procedures have been implemented.
Social distancing recommendations will be enforced by staff.
No more than 40 people will be allowed in the library at one time.
Communal spaces such as tables, armchairs, study carrels and community rooms will remain closed. Public computer access will be available, but the number of available public computers has been reduced from eight to four to meet social distancing recommendations. To provide fair and equal access, the time limit for computer access will be temporarily reduced from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.
Curbside service began on June 22 and will remain available to those who do not feel comfortable entering the building or who cannot due to immunodeficiency.
Childrens programming will continue to be offered virtually and select adult programs will take place outside beneath a tent.
Beginning Monday, June 22, Monroe Free Library will begin offering curbside pickup services. Patrons will be able to call the library at (845)783-4411 and request materials from the library’s collection.
How does it work?
Use the online catalog to browse our collection. Then, give us a call at (845) 783-4411 to make your requests. Staff will collect the items into a disposable bag and then call you back to assign a pickup time. When you arrive, call the library again to let us know. A fully PPE protected staff member will bring the items out to you. We will will accommodate both car pick-ups and walk-ups. If you drive, you can choose to pop your trunk and have staff place the materials inside. Pickups will be staggered to avoid lines and crowds. We ask that you wear a mask to participate in this service.
What are the hours of operation?
Reservation and pickup services will be available on the following schedule:
Monday: 10:00 – 3:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 3:00
Wednesday: 3:00 – 8:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 3:00
Friday: 10:00 – 3:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 3:00
Please note that the last pickup of the day will be at 2:30 PM, but we will continue to take reservations until 3:00.
What sorts of material can I borrow?
You'll be able to borrow any books, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks that are housed at 44 Millpond Parkway. Please note that this new service is only available for materials that Monroe Free Library owns; interlibrary loans remain suspended.
Can I place a hold online?
Online holds will be available during this time. Please note that if you place a hold online, you must wait for a notice stating that the items are available. You will then need to call the library to schedule a pickup.
How do I return items?
Also beginning on June 22nd, we will re-open the outdoor book drop, located near the front door of the library. Patrons who have been holding onto materials since the closure are encouraged to bring them back.
Beginning August 1st, the outdoor book drop will return to its normal schedule: it will be open when the library is closed. Fines will also begin accruing that day.