Service Updates

New: CDC Recommends Everyone Wear a Mask Indoors

As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase with the spread of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance on July 27, 2021. They now recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

Effective September 7th, the service plan below will be implemented.

New service levels are tied to the CDC’s levels of community transmission for Rensselaer County.

All 4 phases include high-demand, in-person library services such as:

  • picking up and checking out material
  • browsing
  • computer use
  • copy/print/fax/scan
  • notary
  • seating
  • in-person programming.

Social distancing always recommended.

Why?

We have been operating in a pandemic for more than 18 months now and have a much better understanding of the services our patrons want and how to deliver them in a way that is safer for everyone. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now provides guidance on community transmission of COVID-19. Tying our services to CDC county transmission rates reflect that guidance and metrics. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The goal is to provide core services to patrons in person, even during times of higher COVID-19 transmission in our area.

NYS Safety Plan Approved 07-22-21

Services at Each Level of Transmission

Low Transmission

Face Masks

None

Suspended Services

None

Moderate Transmission

Face Masks

Recommended

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (75% max. room capacity).

Substantial Transmission

Face Masks

Required indoors

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (50% max. room capacity)

No outside group use of meeting rooms

Limited seating

High Transmission

Face Masks

Required indoors

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (25% max. room capacity)

No outside group use of meeting rooms

Limited seating

Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders