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Phased Restoration of Services Plan

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Library has developed a phased Restoration of Services Plan with information and guidance from the following sources: 

  • Lexington Town Manager and Public Health Department
  • State, national, and international library associations
  • Governor Charlie Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts Plan

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on May 6, 2020, the goal of this plan is to fully restore Library services over the coming months, while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of patrons and staff. 

Beginning June 1, 2020, teams of library staff will be allowed to return to the Library to reconfigure staff spaces and begin working through the backlog of new and returned materials and patron holds. As one of the busiest libraries in Massachusetts, the process of digging out from a two month closure is considerable. Due to the sheer quantity of materials that need processing and a reduced staffing model to maintain social distancing, we anticipate it will take us 3-4 weeks to complete this process. 

While we work through the backlog, we will continue to provide all of the great virtual programming for children, teens, and adults as well as our popular Reference and Readers’ Advisory services.

During the month of June:

  • Due dates for all items currently checked out are extended through June 30, 2020.
  • Book drops are open and we encourage patrons to return any materials that you are finished using.
  • The Friends of Cary Library are not accepting book donations at this time.

Presuming we are able to proceed through this first phase without interruption, we anticipate being able to begin Curbside Pick-up of library materials during the week of June 29, 2020. More information about this service will follow mid-June.

For the latest service updates, please check our website or subscribe to Cary News, the library’s e-newsletter.