Good news, avid readers: The Lewiston Public Library is preparing to reopen for curbside pickup. Materials will be available as of Wednesday, June 10.
A letter from the library’s board of trustees stated, “We are committed to providing safe access to physical library materials through a limited curbside pickup service.”
Here’s how the system will work:
•Curbside pickup step-by-step:
√ Place items on hold. Use the library website to search for items currently available at the Lewiston Public Library. Items not available for request are the “Playaway” book kits and “Playaway” launchpads, as they are easily damaged when returned in the book drop.
√ Items may be placed on hold by emailing a request to [email protected], or by calling 716-754-4720, ext. 225.
√ Staff will be available to answer phone calls from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday.
√ Curbside service hours are from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.
√ Wait for notification. Library patrons will receive an email or phone notification when their hold is available for pickup. After one receives notification, library staff will schedule a time for patrons to pick up their items.
√ Staff will check out the items, put them in a paper bag, and place the bag with one’s name on it (last name, first initial) on a table outside the front entrance of the library.
√ Library materials being returned at this time should be left in the outside book drop. Library staff will not accept fines or fees, or handle returns during curbside service.
√ All returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. Patrons are advised to allow this time for items to clear from their account.
√ Note that any overdue fines generated during the quarantine period will be waived.
The Lewiston Public Library is located at 305 S. Eighth St. It’s website is http://www.lewistonpubliclibrary.org/.
YES, LIBRARIES ARE A GO
Per Empire State Development: “Libraries that are operated by a local government or political subdivision are allowed to operate as business restrictions do not apply to government agencies or entities. As a unit of local government, they are, however, subject to the 50% reduction in non-essential workforce that remains in effect and may consider alternate modes of operation (e.g. curbside or ‘in-store’ pickup) as they so determine. Libraries that are operated by a not-for-profit or other non-governmental organization may perform curbside or ‘in-store’ pickup once the region in which they are located reaches Phase 1 and may perform other ‘in-store’ operations once the region in which they are located reaches Phase 2.
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