In their June newsletter, the staff and Trustees of the Bedford Free Public Library said, We would like to extend our appreciation for your patience and understanding throughout these past fourteen months,” and announced that the library will reopen on Wednesday, June 2, although with new hours.
The building will be open to the public for browsing, picking up materials, and using public computers, copiers, fax, and reference materials.
The library will observe the Commonwealth’s new guidelines for reopening:
- In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health advisory, those patrons who are not fully vaccinated should still wear masks indoors.
- Though the State has rescinded building capacity limits, the Library will still be using the SafeSpace system of monitoring building capacity. This will allow patrons to make their own decision about entering the building.
June Hours for Browsing
- Monday-Wednesday 10-5 pm
- Thursday 10-8 pm
- Friday 10-5 pm
- Saturday 9-1 pm
Please Note: All areas of the building will be open to patrons with the exception of the Storytime Room, the 1st-floor study rooms behind Circulation, 1st-floor meeting room, and 3rd-floor conference room as these are already in use by the Library. Any area designated ‘staff only’ is also not open to the public.
At this time, the library remains unable to accept donations for the Friends of the BFPL. Check our website for updates at https://www.bedfordlibrary.net/about/book-sales/
Curbside Pick-up to Continue in June
After the building reopens on June 2, patrons will have the option of picking up requested materials inside on the reserve shelves or continue with “Curbside Pickup”. Request materials as usual.
Once notified your items are in, patrons can sign up for a pick-up day in the same way as you have been. However, items will now be available for pickup anytime during curbside hours for the day you select.
Change in Hours for Curbside Pickup
- MON / TUES / WED/ FRI: 10 am to 4 pm
- THUR: 2 to 7 pm
- SAT: 10 am to noon
Looking Ahead ~ Save the date!
Friends of the Library’s PoP-uP Book Sale will take place on Saturday, June 26 from 11 am to 3 pm under the portico near the main entrance to the circulation area lobby.
The Friends note that they have excess inventory and bargains galore!
My thanks to the librarians who provided the curbside pick-up program during the pandemic. It was so well-organized and so much appreciated. A truly bright spot for patrons.