Phased Reopening Plans

Phase 3 - Normal Library Operations (with exceptions)  
The library is happy to announce a return to normal library operations beginning June 14, 2021, with some exceptions for the short term due to logistics.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work towards a complete return of our pre-pandemic operations.  During this time, additional services developed as a response to COVID-19 continue to be available such as curbside pickup and the availability of online programs.

Exceptions to our normal operations are:

  • Weekend hours begin August 7.  The library is returning to our normal hours (Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm and Fridays 10 am - 6 pm) starting June 14th.  Typically our Summer Hours begin the weekend after Father's Day, when we are open Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. Our municipal budget was reduced this fiscal year, which impacted our weekend hours, but Saturdays (open 10 am - 2 pm) begin August 7th!
  • Meeting Rooms are not available for public use.  This is due to the fact that we continue to use the space to deliver online programs and curbside services.  We anticipate the resumption of meeting room availability in September 2021.
  • Programs will remain virtual through the end of August, with some exceptions. We look forward to a resumption of in-person programming in September 2021.
  • Museum passes are anticipated to return in mid-June/early July.  During the pandemic we halted purchasing passes to conserve municipal funds and we are now in the process of purchasing passes from the museums.
  • Toys in the Children's Room are currently unavailable.  We will be monitoring guidance and deciding availability based on cleaning guidelines.

Additions to our normal operations are:

Phase 2 - Browsing and Limited Computer Use  
Until June 14, the library is currently delivering services and programs in a modified fashion, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This phase of the reopening plan allows you to visit the library in person by appointment to browse the collection, check out materials, and use technology such as computers, printer, photocopier, and the fax machine.

Browsing and limited computer use guidelines are:

  • By Appointment - book online or by call 781-270-1691
  • Appointments are limited to 45 minutes
  • Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm (unavailable 12 - 1 pm)
  • No same day appointments
  • Please limit yourself to one appointment per day
  • Appointment booking must reflect the number of people in your family/group when visiting 
  • Doors will be opened on the hour and will close 5 minutes after
  • Patrons will be checked in at the door for their appointment
  • Visitors must comply with State mask mandate, have masks properly worn, and observe appropriate social distancing
  • Browsing includes most aspects of the collection, except for historical archives
  • Computer use includes printing and limited remote technical assistance
  • Printer, photocopier, and fax machine are available (on 2nd floor)
  • Donations are accepted during your visit at a limit of one bag of materials per visit
  • Study rooms, meeting areas, and children's toys are not available

In this current phase, the library is also offering:

During this time, we are taking the following safety precautions:

  • 3 day quarantine of library returns and deliveries
  • 6 foot social distancing 
  • Face masks properly worn

Highlights of library activities since March 2020 include:

  • A wide array of partnerships to deliver programming, including the Social Justice Series with the Burlington Public Schools, Diwali celebrations with Indian Americans for Burlington, and SAT Prep courses with ShineIn Math
  • Food drive for People Helping People
  • Quarantine Community Art Project
  • Popup library events on the front lawn, allowing for browsing of a limited collection
  • Popup library book sale to support the Friends of the Burlington Public Library
  • Creation of a new library website
  • Extensive HVAC upgrades (grant funded and delivered by the Burlington Department of Public Works)
  • High-efficiency, building-wide lighting replacement (grant funded and delivered by the Burlington Department of Public Works)