The Chemung County Library District is revealing its next steps in reopening some library services. The phased reopening started June 15th, with a limited staff going back to buildings to prepare work spaces, process new materials and resources for users and plan for the return of over 16,000 items borrowed before the district closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently all book drops at all branches are open and will be open 24 hours per day. Interior book drops will stay closed until the district reopens to the public.
All returned library materials must be quarantined for 72 hours per CDC guidelines before being checked in and prepared to be recirculated.
Materials that are returned by July 1st, 2020 will not accrue fines.
Contactless curbside holds pick up service, with drive-up and walk-up options, begins at all branches on Monday, June 29, 2020. Hours for the service will vary by branch:
Steele Memorial Library: Mon. Tues. Wed. and Friday 10:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm Thursdays: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Horseheads Free Library: Mon. Tues. Thu. and Friday 10 am – 1 pm and 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Wednesdays 10 pm – 3 pm and 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
West Elmira: Monday 12-3pm & 5-8pm, and Tues-Fri 10am-1pm & 3-6pm
Big Flats: Mon. Fri: 1:00-4:00pm Tues 1:00-4:00pm & 5:00-7:30pm Wed. Thu 10:00am-1:00pm & 3:00-6:00pm Fri. 1:00-4:00pm
Van Etten: Mon. Fri: 1:30pm-4:30pm Wed: 3:30pm-6:30pm
After facilities have been prepared for a modified and safe service, the library system will reopen to the public with limited in-branch services and social distancing measures in place. More details will be released soon.
Wi-Fi is still available outside of all branches and all virtual services are still open.