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Curbside service starts June 15

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Dear Library Patrons,

Thanks to updated guidance from New York Forward Business Reopening and Empire State Development,The Rye Free Reading Room will begin offering curbside services beginning June 15th, and expanding services according to state, county, and city guidance, and the Rye Free Reading Room pandemic plan. During this time, library staff will continue all online services, such as reference, readers advisory, technology assistance, and more, available at www.ryelibrary.org. Library programs will continue to be held virtually. 

Rye Free Reading Room on-site services:

  • Phase 1: Beginning June 1st, materials can be returned to the book drop. The library building opens for staff only.
  • Phase 2: Beginning June 15th, patrons will have curbside-only services for pre-arranged pickups. Laptops will be available for use in outdoor spaces. Appointments for curbside pickup can be made at www.ryelibrary.org/appointment.
  • Phase 3: Date unknown: Patrons will be able to access the building by appointment and timed periods-of-stay. Library stacks will be closed, and no toys or manipulatives will be available. Desktop computers will be available. Masks will be required for entry into the building. 
  • Phase 4: Date unknown: Gradual access to the library resources. Meeting spaces for groups of 10 or less, and building seating for under 50 people. Masks will be required for entry into the building.
  • Phase 5: Date unknown: All on-site library services resume, subject to guidance and recommendations from federal and local health officials.

Timing between phases will be determined by the measurement and criteria outlined in the New York Forward guidance. 

For full details on the protocols created to guide the Library’s actions in the event of a pandemic, epidemic, or public health concern, please visit: https://www.ryelibrary.org/about/policies/

  • All in-person programs and events will remain virtual. Visit www.ryelibrary.org/calendar for virtual programs and videos.
  • All dues dates have been adjusted to June 30th. Any fines accrued between March 16th and June 30th will be waived. Please do not return any material to the library during this time.
  • Reference service will be available via email, phone, or online chat. Please see the library’s website for the schedule, and for ways to contact us.
  • Our digital library collection is available 24/7. We have increased the number of digital titles we buy, and WLS has temporarily increased the number of items that can be borrowed through hoopla and Kanopy. Visit ryelibrary.org/ebooks for all your digital library options.
  • If you need a library card, please fill out the application and we will e-mail you your card number. If you need other assistance with your account, please e-mail, call, or chat with us using the links on the website.
  • Look for reading recommendations and other resources on the library’s website.

For authoritative information about the coronavirus, please visit the Westchester County Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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