Hadley public library resumes services with curbside pickup

  • The Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/1/2020 1:33:23 PM

HADLEY — Several weeks after services at the Goodwin Memorial Library were suspended to the public due to the pandemic, patrons are resuming checking out books, videos and other materials.

Though the building will remain closed, on Monday people could begin finding items to read or watch for pickup in a contactless manner.

“We’re going to have to see how it goes, but already there’s a lot of demand,” Library Director Patrick Borezo said.

While only staff can enter the building, and interlibrary loan deliveries are still suspended, patrons can request materials by calling 584-7451, sending email to goodwinlibrary@hadleyma.org, or by placing a hold on a Hadley item in the C/WMARS catalog at http://hadley.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home.

Borezo said the items requested will be placed in a paper bag with the person’s name on it and set on a table outside the main entrance on Russell Street for pick up.

Library items borrowed before the suspension of services in March can also be returned to the outdoor book drop located at the Middle Street driveway entrance.

All books and videos will be quarantined for two weeks before returned to the shelves and becoming available again in the catalog,

Borezo said the challenge is that most items can’t be chemically sanitized, and even if they could be there are limited supplies available for disinfecting.

“Time is the disinfectant we’re relying on,” Borezo said. 

Individuals should take their own precautionary measures as far as sterilizing book covers and should be aware of the risk.

Jo-Ann Konieczny, chairwoman of the library trustees, said in addition to the pick-up at the building, the library is resuming home deliveries for senior citizens and other residents with health issues preventing them from getting to the building.

No donations are being accepted and the book drop should only be used for returning library materials.

Borezo said he understands people are spending more time at home, so he is trying to order more materials and fill the gap of interlibrary loan until it gets back online.

“We’re going to do the best we can,” Borezo said.

The library will be open for the curbside service Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Library’s WiFi continues to be available to visitors outside of the building.

Parking at Goodwin is limited due to the ongoing construction of a new library next door. Additional parking is available across the intersection in front of the former Russell School building.

Scott Merzbach can bve reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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