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Keene Public Library Moves to Enhanced Curbside Services While COVID Rates Increase

As of December 21, Keene Public Library will reduce services to at-the-door-pickup of pre-reserved library materials and limited computer, microfilm, and photocopy services. Computers and microfilm machines are available by appointment only. Photocopies can be made during curbside hours. Call the library at 603-352-0157 to make an appointment or for more infomration.

The Keene Public Library Trustees approved this reduction of services at their regular monthly meeting on December 15. Library Director Marti Fiske requested the service reduction based on a City's Emergency Management Team's recommendation. The team's recommendation came in response to the increase in local cases of COVID-19 and a surge in cases expected during the holiday season. The reduction in library services will remain for an indefinite period, to be reviewed at the Library Trustees' monthly meetings.

Keene Public Library's enhanced curbside services will be available Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- noon and 3 - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Staff are available by telephone and email Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Library cardholders may reserve materials online, through the online catalog, or call the library. Staff will collect the materials and notify you, and then you can pick up the materials at the door. The exterior book drops remain open for the return of borrowed items at any time. Those wishing to use a photocopy machine, a microfilm machine, or a public computer may call the library at 603-352-0157 to make a reservation.

"The staff has done extensive work over the last six months to provide public access to the library safely," said Library Director Marti Fiske. "We feel that we need to take this proactive step to protect the public and our Staff now that local infection rates are expected to increase even more in the next few weeks. We have added to our online resources and increased service options at the door to make this iteration of curbside services a little easier for our patrons. I urge them to contact us if they need help accessing library services.

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