COVID-19 Impact on Library Operations.
Updated May 9th
In light of the County Executive’s announcement that the Central Library and its branches would be offering limited curbside pickup on May 26th, I wanted to provide you with an update on where the Marcellus Free Library is in this process. The Central Library and its branches are a department of County government. As a Free Association Library, we are considered an independent non-governmental entity that falls under the Governor’s shutdown order and subsequent re-opening guidelines.
We want to assure you that staff, with the support and final approval of the Trustees, is taking steps to plan for reopening scenarios. Our biggest concern throughout this planning phase is the safety of staff and patrons. We will not be rolling out any new services until we are confident that we can do so safely. The most likely scenario is that we will begin accepting returns slowly over a period of weeks before we begin any curbside services. This will allow staff the flexibility to handle material cautiously and give any returned items time to be quarantined before being returned to circulation. We will make an announcement once we have worked out the details and are ready to move forward with this. Please stay tuned.
Remember, staff is available to answer questions and troubleshoot problems over the phone between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Wireless internet is available from the library parking lot 24 hours a day and there is a wealth of digital services available.
At the April 9th meeting, the MFL Board of Trustees passed a resolution to withdraw consideration for a 2% increase to our tax levy. The trustees feel that it was unfair to ask the community to support an increase at this time. We will continue to provide the same level of service once we are able to open our doors to the public!
The Marcellus Free Library is closed until further notice. Please hold on to any library materials you currently have checked out. All fines will be waived during this period. Due dates on items have been extended into June. We will make an announcement when it is safe to return material.
This page will be updated regularly. We will provide as many services as we are able during this closure and continuously evaluate what we are able to offer.
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Please call the library at 315-673-3221 between 9am and 5pm to speak to a librarian. You can email our director, Jake, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org