Dear Members of the Yarmouth Community,
Thank you all for engaging with us in our online programming, for reaching out during our closure, and for making us feel like a valued and essential service. We have long thought of ourselves as the living room of the community, and yet it seems we have all seen a bit too much of our own living rooms in past months. As we ready the library to begin essential services once more, we would like to thank you for your community efforts to keep us all safe, and let you know what you can look forward to in the next few weeks.
Phase one of our reopening will be to start circulating our materials by curbside delivery and home delivery. Only materials owned and available in our own library will be initially available to you. Please contact us by phone, email, or place holds within the catalog, and once we have assembled your order, we will contact you directly to arrange delivery or pick up.
Our book return is open, and we can accept returned items at any time. All returned items will be subject to a minimum 72 hour quarantine prior to handling, in order to maintain staff health and safety. Your requested materials will be pulled and prepared for you by staff wearing masks, gloves, and using best practices for sanitization.
For now, all materials outside of our own collection are unavailable, with the exception of materials which were already on our holds shelf prior to our closure in March. Interlibrary loan and the reciprocal borrowing program are paused until further notice. If we don’t own the item you are looking for, please call or email to request that we purchase it, because any holds placed within the catalog on materials we do not own will be cancelled by the system.
Your Yarmouth librarians have been hard at work behind the scenes while we have been closed, ordering new materials, conducting programming online, rewriting our procedures, planning our summer reading program, and learning how to serve you better. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your community, and thank you for your patience as we begin to reopen our collection for circulation.
Systems and Technical Services Librarian
Merrill Memorial Library