An Updated Message from Rye Public Library
Dear Rye Community Members,
In light of new national, state and regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency measures, the Rye Public Library has established new plans to help ensure the health and safety of its staff, patrons, visitors and community.
As of today, March 16, the Library will be closed until further notice. It is only after serious consideration of this most serious health situation that our decision has been made. Though we will be unable to serve you in person, please note the details below for managing your currently borrowed materials, getting in touch, and accessing thousands of new materials available to you electronically.
We will also electronically post and distribute pertinent public health information and notices as they become available. We’ll use the Rye Public Library website and social media outlets to advise you of any updates to our service parameters or to the details below.
We have extended your currently borrowed materials indefinitely. No fines will be generated by any you have currently borrowed. We will communicate our return to normal procedure when that time comes.
Any materials currently available for you on the holds shelf will continue to be held until we are able to re-open.
We have temporarily suspended remote hold functionality to ease the load on our circulation system. Please keep your requests listed and enter your hold requests when we are able to return to normal service.
We will continue to respond to your phone calls and e-mail. Please call at 603-964-8401 or e-mail with questions, concerns, or requests for community assistance. Community assistance requests can also be made directly to the Rye Police Department at 603-964-7450.
ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES DURING THIS CLOSURE
You can find unlimited e-books, audiobooks and more on our website; all available to you on your devices from home! We have linked to instruction videos on using the most common of these resources, and list other options for instruction and entertainment below. We can also offer internet connectivity through proximity to the RPL building. From any space in our parking lot, you can connect to the Library public network. Select the RPL (pswd=RPL03870) network. The password is RPL03870.
CREATIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE
As we all weather this unprecedented situation, your public library staff and Trustees have every intention of creatively offering alternative library services. Along with the resources described above and listed below, we will be increasing our outreach by e-newsletter and working to develop streamed programming opportunities offered by staff and volunteers and available to you remotely. Please watch our website and social media outlets for information as these plans are implemented.
Once again, it is only after intense scrutiny of the best recommendations and practices available to us that we make this serious decision for the health of the Rye community. As stated in our initial notice, our concern is with you and your families, and we will do our best to continue to serve you with excellence as we all work through this challenge.
With Respect and Wishes for Your Health,
Andy Richmond, Director, Rye Public Library
ON-LINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM HOME
Some suggested on-line information resources