Triple the Appointments and Welcome to the Youth Department!

On Tuesday November 10th, we will triple our appointment-based browsing sessions at Rye Public Library and add Youth Department browsing! We will offer a total of eighteen adult department sessions per day for browsing or computer use, and we’ll begin offering youth department browsing sessions! We’ll also be offering browsing appointments on Saturdays. Please continue making appointments by advance phone reservation only.

Our catalog station will be available for searches, and our relocated new release area is full of current fiction, large print, audio and DVD as well as non-fiction titles!

The first weekday session will begin at 11:00 AM and the final session will be scheduled for 4:00 PM. Three Saturday sessions begin at 11:00 AM with the final session at 1:00 PM. You can still call, e-mail or reserve items through our catalog as our foyer pick-up service will continue with more pick up hours each day.

A few details on appointment browsing sessions:

Appointments: Browsers or computer users are invited to schedule a 30-minute session in the library building. Starting Tuesday November 10th, call 964-8401 to book your appointment in advance.

For all appointments:

-Parents may bring one child with them for browsing in the Youth Department. Parents must stay with their child during their visit. Youth aged 15 and up may book an independent session.

-Please do not book an appointment if you have an active fever or flu-like symptoms.

-Please do not book an appointment if you have been asked to quarantine in the past 14 days, have experienced flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days or have had to care for someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days.

-Please do not book an appointment if you have traveled on public transportation outside the State of New Hampshire in the past 14 days.

In respect to community members with underlying health conditions or those 60 years of age or older we request that the first adult department session each day be booked only by those individuals.

Browsing Sessions: Each 30- minute session will allow three individuals to access the Library’s Adult Collection, and give one parent and child together, or one independent youth over 15 years of age access to the Youth Collection. Parents or guardians making youth department browsing appointments may bring one child under twelve into the building; that child must stay with the parent during the entire browsing session. Due to staffing requirements, youth browsing sessions will be limited on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Traffic in the building will be modified; water and coffee stations will not be available. The Youth Department computer lab will not be available. Public access items like kids’ toys will likewise be unavailable. Please plan accordingly as public restrooms will not be available.

Building Access and Safety: At the time of your appointment, please enter the Rye Public Library via the historic entry facing Washington Road. If you have mobility issues preventing your climbing three short stairs to that entry, please let us know at the time of your booking for alternative arrangements. Visitors will be required to wear face coverings, sanitize hands, and maintain physical distancing standards during the extent of their visit. [We can supply masks if you forget yours and gloves are also available upon request.]

-On arrival at the historic entry, please knock or call 964-8401 to let staff know you are here.
-A hand sanitizer station will be available for use upon entry and is required.
-Health screening questions will be verified at the time of your arrival.
-There will be no public access to restrooms due to health security concerns.
-Computer stations and other high touch areas will be disinfected between sessions.
-Library staff will also be wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance in the building.
-All staff will need to remain 6 feet away from patrons when interacting.

Health Considerations:
Please make a personal consideration of current health recommendations before browsing or borrowing library materials. We have followed all available guidelines in preparing for our service phases, but sadly, no one can make absolute guarantees of your safety in interacting outside your home. As with each of our previous phased stages, this new service standard may have to be retracted dependent on regional conditions of COVID-19 infection. We request that, as with any venture in public, you follow personal and community protective measures, and if you have been experiencing fever or any respiratory symptoms, please stay home and take care of yourself until symptoms subside. We look forward to seeing and serving you in the near future!

****Changes to Foyer Pick Up
Effective immediately, foyer pickups will be available between the hours of 9:30-5:30 M-F and
Our book drop is now available 24×7.

Further Note: We are unable to accept donated books at this time. Please do not leave donations in the return box or on foyer tables. Thank you!