Visiting the Library & Curbside Holds Pickup
Appointments to Visit the Library
Beginning Monday, August 3, you can visit the library by appointment. Visitors inside the library, with the exception of children under the age of two, must wear a face covering/mask over their mouth and nose at all times and practice social distancing. More details about appointments:
- Quantity/duration of appointments: Appointments can be made up to 7 days in advance. The duration varies by location and type of appointment (browsing vs. computer use). Call your preferred NOPL location for details.
- Calling for an appointment: Staff will ask how many people are in your group and what you intend to do during your appointment (see next bullet point)
- Using the library: During your visit you can browse materials, use computers, place holds, get account assistance, ask reference questions, get something notarized (Cicero only), use the Preservation Studio (Brewerton only), and copy/fax/print.
- Changes to expect: study and community rooms are currently unavailable and computers have been distanced. Self-checkouts are available at each location to minimize contact with staff. Computer appointments are limited to one per day for a maximum of one hour. Food and drink are not permitted. Bathrooms are available.
- Arriving for an appointment: The doors to the library remain locked. At your scheduled appointment time, proceed to the front door of the library and a staff member will let you in.
What We’re Doing to Protect You
- Wearing masks
- Practicing social distancing
- Sanitizing surfaces
- Quarantining returned items for at least 7 days
- Staggering appointments
Appointments for Curbside Holds Pickup
All three of our branches continue to offer Curbside Holds Pickup by appointment. To learn more, visit our Curbside Holds Pickup page.
All returned items should be placed in the outside book drop, even if you have an appointment inside the library. All returned items are being quarantined for 7 days before being checked in. Items will remain on your library account until they are checked in, but no late fees will be accrued because of this delay.
Getting Help from a Librarian
You can reach our librarians by telephone, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by messaging us through our website or social media. They are available to assist you in searching for a job or completing a resume, using the library’s digital resources, or finding quality resources. And if you need help finding some new books to read or TV shows and movies to watch, you can visit our Personalized Recommendations page, fill out the form, and we’ll send you back suggestions tailored to your interests.
All in-library have been suspended until further notice. Virtual events can be found on our online calendar. We are also in the midst of our virtual Summer Reading Program for all ages, that includes events, reading challenges and incentives, games, and prizes!
We’re sorry, but we are NOT accepting donations at this time.
Credible Information About COVID-19
Onondaga County Health Department
New York State of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
National Library of Medicine
NPR Article: What Kids Want to Know About Coronavirus
New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline: (888) 364-3065