Gradual Reopening of Library Services

Phased Reopening Plans & COVID19 Prevention

 GREAT NEWS! Beginning on JUNE 1st

  • Library will begin to accept book returns to outside Book Drop ONLY
  • Library will open for Curbside Pickup Lending Services (see details below); no in-library lending just yet
  • Library will add Beanstack reading challenge software for use with our Summer Reading Program—stay tuned for details in later June
  • Library will continue FREE online offerings for cardholders of:
  • Library will continue to offer 24/7 Wifi to the parking lot
  • Library will continue email, telephone, and videoconference support for patron questions
  • Library will continue to process NEW library cards in a remote, paperless fashion
  • Library will continue online programming for children and adults
  • NOTE: The earliest possible date for in-library lending is July 1st. We will keep the public informed as to when we will be able to open the building to patrons again, albeit in a limited fashion.
  • NOTE: Interlibrary Loan services still remain suspended throughout the State. The earliest anticipated reopening of these services is sometime in July.

Details of New Curbside Pickup Lending Services beginning June 1st

  • Patrons may call (207-685-4089) or email ([email protected]) to request library items.
  • The Readfield Community Library card catalog is available online at the library website (go to the "Catalog" tab). Please feel free to ask the Librarian for book suggestions.
  • Patrons should schedule (by phone or email) a curbside pickup time appointment during regular library hours.
  • Patrons may check out all types of materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, puzzles, state park pass, etc.).
  • Check out period will be 2 weeks, as usual.
  • Adults will be limited to 5 items at a time for checkout, and children may check out up to 10 items.
  • Your materials will be placed in a bag clearly marked with a ticket number and put on a table behind the library for you to pick up at your appointment time. Note that only one person is allowed in the curbside pick-up area at a time. If weather is not conducive to leaving materials outside, we may reschedule the pickup time.
  • Renewals should be done by calling/emailing the library.
  • Note that procedures for safe handling of library materials will be followed. All returned materials will be placed in "quarantine" for 7 days prior to being checked back in and returned to the library shelves to minimize the possibility of the virus spread. All library materials are handled by staff/volunteers with gloves.

Home Delivery—Homebound patrons may contact the Library to request home delivery of library materials. Volunteers will practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and use hand sanitizer and/or gloves when making deliveries to the outside of people's homes.

We thank the community for their patience during our time of limited and/or suspended services…

Please note that the plans for phased reopening of library services are being made and continually re-evaluated by the Librarian, the Board of Trustees, and Town Officials with the health and safety of patrons, volunteers, staff, and the Readfield community at large as a primary objective. These plans are made in accordance with guidance and requirements from the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Commission (COVID19 Prevention Checklist: Public Library Guidance approved by the MLC on May 20, 2020) and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance: Phase 2 Public and Community Buildings released by DECD on May 20, 2020). Please contact the Librarian with any questions regarding the plan. Please see the library website and click on the "COVID-19 Response/Info" page tab (to the right of the "home" page tab) for the most updated information.