May 23, 2020

The Library Board of Trustees have approved our Reopening Plan. Be sure to read about our plans for quarantining books and materials, providing curbside services, and cleaning/sanitizing the library! We are working collaboratively with other Upper Hudson Library System libraries to provide a reintroduction of in-person services in a gradual, phased approach to protect the health and safety of both library staff and members of the community using the library, its collections, and its services. This plan also considers the possibility that the library may need to move backward and forward between services levels based on local factors and government directives. Our plan will also match the capacity of our library organization. Three factors were taken into consideration while drafting this plan. First is staffing capacity. This will allow us to staff public service desks in a way that minimizes exposure. The second is the capacity of our maintenance staff to keep up a heightened cleaning protocol, including staffing and supplies. The third is the ability for library leadership to pivot in case of a “second wave” of coronovirus and the need for the organization to shut down operations in the face of another quarantine. Moving into each subsequent service level will be contingent on the library’s capability to expand services, is subject to future revision, and must be approved by the library board of trustees. Questions are welcome:

May 4, 2020

Looking for more information about what the East Greenbush Community Library is doing to prevent spread of COVID-19? We will keep you updated via this page. For more detailed information, read our Continuity of Services Plan- 3.

Current Services

March 15, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, all East Greenbush Community Library facilities will be closed to the public, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Library staff will be available to answer questions for as long as they are healthy and able, via email: or phone: 518-477-7476. Please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Staff will be answering the phones and responding to emails 1-8 pm- Mondays and Wednesdays and 10-8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

During the closure, all Library-sponsored public programs are postponed or cancelled. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs originally scheduled during the closure period.

Because the health and safety of Library employees and visitors is our first priority, the Library is carefully and continuously monitoring information from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, local area health departments, so the Library can respond rapidly as conditions change regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.

The public can still access many Library resources through This page will be updated when there is additional and new information about the East Greenbush Community Library response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities via our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While we are closed, we encourage patrons to use our digital resources. 

While we feel strongly that this is the most responsible action to take as an organization and is one small way to help combat the spread of this virus, we want to reinforce to you our fundamental commitment to provide core library services to our community. We do not take this decision lightly. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this uncertain time.

Sincerely, Jill Dugas Hughes, Library Director

We’re Closed, But Our Virtual Doors Remain Open!

To better serve our community, we’ve temporarily relaxed online lending restrictions and expanded access to our digital resources to serve more patrons while providing a variety of content – worry-free! We offer e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, streaming videos and music, research databases and articles, online newspapers, and digital collections. Use your library card to access these resources; residency requirements may apply.  If you don’t have a library card, apply for one online: Learn more at


Learn the Coronavirus Basics

​What is Coronavirus?

  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
  • A novel (new) coronavirus is a type of coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
  • 2019 novel coronavirus is a new type of coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (which affects breathing) called COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 infections have now been reported in many countries including the United States. For an updated list of affected areas, visit

What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

  • Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. People who are at most risk for severe illness are those who have other health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

  • The virus is likely to be spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Who is Most at Risk for Coronavirus?

  •  People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

How Can I Protect Myself and Others from Coronavirus?

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.