The John C. Hart Memorial Library and town of Yorktown departments resumed indoor service on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The library’s new indoor hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Staff at the town’s departments are available for in-person meetings indoors by appointment only.
Visitors to the library and all town facilities must submit to a temperature screening and answer a COVID-19 questionnaire.
“This is another milestone on our road to recovery from the pandemic closures,” said Supervisor Matt Slater in a press release. “It’s important for the public to remember that we are still in a public health emergency, which means that masks are mandatory while visiting the library and town offices. We also expect visitors to adhere to other social distancing precautions to ensure the safety of our public workers.”
Library and town officials’ safety precautions include the installation of plastic barriers at counters and a new self-checkout machine for library materials.
Yorktown departments will continue to hold virtual conferences for anyone who is not comfortable with in-person visits.
The library at 1130 East Main St. in Shrub Oak will also continue its outdoor Porch Pick-Up service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Patrons must place their Porch Pick-up requests online or by calling the library in advance. When the requested items are available, the library staff will call the patrons for the pick-up.
As part of the library’s safety protocols, all items returned to the library and town hall book drops are held for at least 72 hours before they are handled. Items returned may take up to a week to be removed from patrons’ accounts. All items are checked in on the date they were returned, and no fines will be incurred during the wait time. Patrons should wait at least one week after returning items to contact the library if items still appear on library accounts.