Schenectady, N.Y. – Schenectady County will begin offering in-person library services, on a limited capacity, at 5 Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) branches, starting on Monday, October 5, 2020. Patrons will be able to retrieve holds and select and checkout materials. Computers will be available on a limited basis and by appointment only.
Patrons are required to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and comply with all County procedures, which may include having their temperature taken and signing in for the purpose of contact tracing.
“I’ve heard from many members of our community who miss going to their local library,” said Schenectady County Legislator Peggy King, Chair of the Education & Libraries Committee. “While digital materials have been available throughout the pandemic, and we’ve added curbside pickup and virtual programing, it’s just not the same as walking into a library and discovering all it has to offer.”
“I’d like to thank Schenectady County for working with SCPL and the Board of Trustees to reopen 5 of our branches for in-person use starting next week,” said Bill Levering, Schenectady County Public Library Board of Trustees President. “Together we created a plan that balances the safety of our staff and patrons with the needs of the community.”
In-Person Hours Schedule:
Phyllis Bornt Branch Library & Literacy Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1pm-5pm
Glenville Branch Library
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1pm-5pm
Mont Pleasant Branch Library
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1pm-5pm
Niskayuna Branch Library
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1pm-5pm
Rotterdam Branch Library
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays: 1pm-5pm
SCPL’s 9 branch libraries closed in March due to COVID-19. Library staff were integral to the County’s pandemic response, including their support of the Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition and Schenectady County Public Health Services. Curb-side Pickup To Go service began in June.
The Woodlawn Branch library will be closed beginning Monday, October 5, 2020 for renovations. Woodlawn patrons may return their library materials to any other library location.
Programs and meetings will remain virtual only, visit www.scpl.org for the latest offerings.
Material drop-off will continue to be at designated drop locations only, and Curb-side Pickup To Go will still be available on a limited capacity.