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August 13, 2020 - Introducing Library by Appointment at ECRL

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is very pleased to introduce Library by Appointment, the latest service option for those who wish to visit a library branch. This service will be introduced gradually, and will be offered at those of our locations where it is possible to accommodate public access and the necessary levels of cleaning and disinfection.

Due to our mostly rural setting, many library users live some distance away from their nearest library. Considering this, along with the need to maintain physical distancing inside the library, ECRL is offering scheduled access to ensure that we can safely welcome users at their chosen time.

During a library appointment, members will be asked to wear a mask, maintain proper physical distancing, and sanitize their hands before using the computer or browsing the collection. To ensure safe physical distancing, the number of visitors will be limited based on the size of each library. Accommodations will be made for those unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

All library appointments will be 30 minutes. Users will be limited to one visit per business day and, depending upon demand, may be further limited to one visit per week. Please be aware that seating and computers within the branch have been reduced to ensure physical distancing. The public computer will require booking when the appointment is made. Keyboards and mice will be disinfected between each use and at the end of each day.

ECRL’s Borrow by Mail and Curbside Pickup services both continue to be available to those who choose to use them.

The Sherbrooke Library will be the first location offering Library by Appointment. As of August 19, members of the public can call the Sherbrooke Library at (902) 522-2180 to book their appointment. ECRL membership is required in order to book an appointment. If you do not have an ECRL card, you can register online or over the phone by calling your nearest library location, or calling toll-free 1-855-787-7323.

Continue to check back here for updates about Library by Appointment at other ECRL locations.

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