In response to the latest news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), using an abundance of caution and taking our cue from CDC and other health professionals, the East Greenbush Community Library is temporarily suspending all library programs—for all age groups—as well as the use of our meeting spaces by outside groups.
We apologize to our patrons and community partners for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule the cancelled programs, where possible later in the year. We are monitoring the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation and are looking to experts such as the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and New York State Department of Health for guidance.
At this time, the library will remain open. However, to align ourselves with recommendations for community mitigation and social distancing measures, we are hoping the community will begin using the library for core information services, and not as a community gathering space. We are asking all library visitors to stay home if they are sick, and if you do visit the library, please use hand sanitizer upon entering. The library drive-thru window is a wonderful service which we hope you will take full advantage of! Patrons are encouraged to place holds on items, and then call ahead to pick them up at the drive-thru window. Library staff are available to place holds over the phone and answer research questions. Acceptance of donated materials is suspended. We will be sharing information about accessing our digital resources, including eBooks, eAudio, research databases, eMusic, eMagazines and more over social media and on our website. We will continue to communicate any changes as the situation evolves and update our website eglibrary.org as needed.
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. Our educational programming and meeting rooms for community groups are continually in use. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this uncertain time.