Libraries around Chittenden county begin to reopen with revamped hours, protocols

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Public libraries across the county have taken steps to reintroduce themselves to patrons.

For the past several months libraries have had to offer reduced or modified services such as curbside pickup and drop-offs to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Starting June 1st, the state allowed for libraries to reopen for in-person services at 50% of their fire occupancy.

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The Burlington Free Press checked with libraries around Chittenden County to find out what is required for readers to visit.

Fletcher Free Library

The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington has partially reopened to the public, operating under reduced hours throughout the week. An hour each day will be designated to routine cleaning. Book stacks will remain closed, although guests are invited to pick up holds, request items or update their accounts at the circulation desk.

  • Sundays: 12 to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The library’s Outside Pickup Service will still be running, and patrons will be allowed to check out items from their Library of Non-Traditional Things collection.

South Burlington Public Library

The South Burlington library is open to the public on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patrons will be allowed to browse book shelves or access public computers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The library will only allow 15 guests at a time, and will be required to wear facial coverings while inside. 

Curbside pickup will be available Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. Requests must be emailed to the library before 10 a.m. that day for same day pickup.

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library 

Williston’s Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is allowing patrons to browse inside the library, as long as they schedule in advance.

Readers can book a 30-minute window to browse, either by doing so online, by phone or by email.

Adults can make appointments on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while families with children are asked to schedule for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The library will continue to run its pickup services.

Pierson Library

The Shelburne library has reopened on a limited basis for readers, allowing for guests and patrons to browse for 30 minutes on select days.

Hours are:

  • Mondays through Saturdays: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • For patrons that are 55 and older or have comprised immune systems, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be reserved for them.

Patrons will be required to wear facial coverings, according to town policy. Those who want to use the public computer must reserve in advance, or guests can bring their own laptop to use WiFi for 30 minutes. Gatherings and programs remain cancelled, and patrons have to abide by social distancing guidelines while inside. 

Curbside pickup will be available by request.

For more information and hours of pickup services:

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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