HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The Sachem Public Library will open its doors once again beginning Monday, over four months after the library closed on March 13 as the coronavirus pandemic spread quickly in New York.
"We are excited to announce that we are one week away from opening to the public," Library Director Neely McCahey announced today in an email to library patrons. "The health and well-being of our patrons and staff are very important to us, so the library will open with modified hours, capacity restrictions, and limited services."
The library advances to the next phase of resuming operations by reopening the building at 10 a.m. Monday. Hours will be Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning August 1, the library will add Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours will resume in October.
The following guidelines will be in effect when the library reopens on Monday:
• Masks will be required for entry.
• Capacity will be reduced. A limited number of patrons will be allowed in the building at one time. Visits will be limited to 1 hour.
• Certain areas of the library will be closed to the public, including the Upper and Lower Stacks, tutorial rooms, Senior Room, Local History and Board Rooms, the program rooms, and Discovery Grove.
• Computer use will be limited to 1 hour per day and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
• The Studio spaces will be closed to the public. Patrons can call the library for 3D printing and Cricut information.
• The public is encouraged to "Browse and Go." Seating will be limited.
• Returns will be accepted only at the outdoor book drop.
• Remain socially distant from others while in the building.
• Notary Service is available by appointment.
• Only 1 person at a time is allowed at the copiers, fax machines and scanners.
• Book donations are not accepted at this time.
Patrons with questions can contact the library by emailing email@example.com or calling 631-588-5024 extension 213.