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Library Service Updates

Current service model (virtual services only) until February

Friday, January 15, 2021
The library's mid-January board meeting has been cancelled. The library will remain in its current service model (virtual services only) until the Board reconvenes in February. At that time we hope to announce a date for restarting our holds pickup service. Thank you for your patience. 

Continuing current service mode (virtual services only)

Friday, January 8, 2021
The Executive Board of the Library Trustees met briefly on January 6, 2021 to discuss the status of library services. The library will remain in its current service mode (virtual services only) until the Board reconvenes mid-January. At that time we hope to announce a date for restarting our holds pickup service. Thank you for your patience.

Effective Monday, 12/14, the Cary Library will suspend all in person services

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Dear Lexington Community, Effective Monday, December 14, the Cary Library will suspend all in person services, including our “Cary Out” holds pickup service. This decision was made at an emergency meeting of the Library’s Executive Board of Trustees earlier this afternoon and is in accordance with the Town Manager’s decision to close all Town facilities (other than public safety) and have all non-essential municipal employees work remotely through January 10, 2021. Decisions regarding... Read more »

Adapting our Cary Out service for the Winter Months

Monday, November 23, 2020
Letter from the Director, Monday, November 23, 2020 Dear Cary Library Patrons, With the cold weather close at hand, we have been working to adapt our Cary Out service for the winter months. Because of increasing rates of COVID-19, we will not be advancing to Phase 3 of our Restoration of Services Plan until sometime in the New Year. Until that time, our priority is to continue to make your reserved items available to you.  Here’s what library services will look like beginning Friday,... Read more »

Remaining in Phase 2 (Curbside)

Monday, September 14, 2020
The Library will remain in Phase 2 Curbside Pickup Services through October 31, 2020 On Wednesday, September 9th, the Library Trustees’ Executive Board voted to remain in Phase 2 of the library’s Restoration of Services Plan through the end of October. This extension allows time for a comprehensive evaluation of the library’s HVAC system and for additional health and safety guidance to be received from the Board of Health. The Library’s Executive Board meets again in October and will discuss... Read more »

HVAC repairs complete, Curbside resumes 9/1

Friday, August 28, 2020
Great News! The repairs to the library's HVAC system are completed and we'll be open for curbside service beginning Tuesday, September 1. Thank you for your patience.

Curbside Suspended 8/25-8/29

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Curbside pickup and phone services will be unavailable during the week of August 25-29th due to a scheduled replacement of a major piece of the library’s heating and cooling system. Due to limited air flow and ventilation, staff will not be able to work inside the library. Library staff will be working remotely and will continue to offer virtual programming and reference services. Please use Ask a Librarian  if you have questions or need assistance with library resources during the week of... Read more »

Cary Library to continue Phase 2, Curbside Pick-up, through the end of September

Friday, July 24, 2020
Dear Cary Library Patrons,   The Executive Committee of the Library Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to remain at Phase 2 (Curbside Pickup) of the Library’s Restoration of Services plan. At this time we will NOT be reopening the library building to the public and will continue to provide the most comprehensive services we can virtually and through our “Cary Out” contactless pickup service.   Some of the factors contributing to the decision not to more to Phase 3: We are... Read more »

No Rush to Return Items

Monday, June 29, 2020
You might have received a notice over the weekend stating that your library materials are due by June 30th. This was a Minuteman Library Network-wide due date for all materials because of library closures. You DO NOT need to rush out in the rain to return your library materials (although, if you are done with them, you are welcome to). The Cary Library is not assessing overdue fines until the end of the summer so bring your materials back when it is convenient for you. Thanks! 

Curbside: Cary Out! to begin June 30

Friday, June 19, 2020
  Our new curbside pick-up service, "Cary Out" will begin on June 30th! Check back next week for full details.

We're Accepting Returns

Friday, June 12, 2020
Our book drops have been lonely and they're hungry! Book drops are located on the Mass. Ave. front of the building, and in the back parking lot side as well. Both are now open and we are accepting returns. Please feel free to return any checked out items (not just books) that you're finished with that can be placed in our book drops. And, please remember that we cannot accept any donations at this time.  

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... Read more »

Program and Meeting Room Updates

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
As you are aware, the library is currently closed and staff are working from home in compliance with Governor Baker’s orders for “non-essential” workers. We appreciate all of the messages we’ve received from you, letting us know that library services are essential in your lives and we look forward to serving you in person again as soon as we can.   At last night’s meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, there was a general discussion about a phased approach to resuming library services.... Read more »

Thank You for Your Continued Patience

Monday, May 11, 2020
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hard at work planning for the future when we are advised that it is safe to begin phasing back library services. We expect to have some preliminary information to share soon after the Governor's Back to Work Task Force issues guidance the week of May 18, 2020.

Pausing work on our Children’s Room Project (ChiRP!)

Thursday, May 7, 2020
On May 6, 2020 the Library Board of Trustees voted to “pause” work on our Children’s Room Project (ChiRP!) while our community focuses on the effects and after-effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  A discussion about when to resume work on the ChiRP! Project will take place at the November, 2020 meeting of the Library Trustees. The Cary Library Children’s Room Project is crucial to the library’s ability to provide innovative, inclusive, and safe programs for Lexington families. We look forward to... Read more »