Carnegie Library in Turners Falls open to public again, appointment only

  • Carnegie Library on Avenue A in Turners Falls is open to the public again, albeit by appointment. Staff File Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 9/8/2020 5:45:52 PM

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time since mid-March, Carnegie Library on Avenue A is open to the public again, albeit by appointment.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, almost all services will be available, including computer access. Only a few visitors will be allowed inside at a time, though, and visits will be limited to half an hour. Masks are mandatory.

Many local libraries have provided pick-up and drop-off services, but most still do not allow people to come inside and browse bookshelves or use computers, according to Montague Libraries Director Linda Hickman. Carnegie is the only one of Montague’s three libraries — the other two being the Montague Center Public Library and the Millers Falls Library — that will be open for now.

Like other libraries, Montague’s libraries have provided pick-up and drop-off services since May. This has been partially successful, Hickman said, because many people already know what books they want, and can call the library to arrange to pick them up. But it makes it impossible to browse, which families with children usually prefer, for example, Hickman said.

“I feel that we’ve been serving some people well, but not everyone,” she explained. “So I’m very excited that people are going to be able to browse again.”

Library access will be by appointment, and all appointments will be 30 minutes. Appointments can be made by calling 413-863-3214.

However, walk-ins will be allowed in if there happens to be a free appointment slot at that time, Hickman said.

Browsing the bookshelves and using the computers represent different appointments. Hickman said up to four browsers will be allowed at once, and up to two computer users.

Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn while in the library. If someone does not have a mask, a disposable mask will be provided, Hickman said. If someone cannot wear a mask for a medical reason, then a face shield will be provided.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-930-4231.




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