Local libraries plan for staged reopening with pickup services


As the state loosens restrictions and begins Phase 1 of reopening, some local libraries will begin offering pickup services starting next week.

Pascoag Public Library announced that starting on Monday, May 18, orders can be placed by phone or email. Only items already at the facility at 57 Church St. will be available and patrons must have their library card number to order.

Phone orders for the library takeout service in Pascoag can be placed by calling (401) 568-6226 on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. for pick-up between 3 and 6 p.m.; and Thursdays from 10 a.m,-noon for pick-up from noon-3 p.m.  Orders can also be emailed to info@pascoaglibrary.org.

For more information visit pascoaglibrary.org.

North Smithfield Public Library is also offering curbside pick-up as Phase 1 of the library’s reopening plans. Items on the shelves at the library became available  beginning Monday, May 11.

Requests in North Smithfield can be made by phone at (401) 767-2780 during business hours. Library staff asks that patrons do not leave a message to order books, but an on-line form is available at www.nspl.info.

Business hours at NSPL are Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. Patrons are instructed to check the OSL catalog to make sure the items requested are available by visiting http://encore.oslri.net/. No interlibrary loans will be available.

Up to three items may be requested per library card, once those items are returned guests may place another request. Items will be available for pick up the day after you place the request.

For pickup, ring the doorbell and a staff member will take your name and last four digits of your library card. Instructions for accepting delivery will be posted at the door. No one will be allowed inside the library.

Library officials remind visitors to use social distances guidelines when picking up book and maintain at least a six foot distance from each other. The doorbell will be sanitized after each use.

Officials at Jesse Smith Memorial Library note that they will be following the town reopening process. Library Director Beth Ullucci estimated that  curbside pickup at the facility will begin on Monday, June 1, subject to statewide coronavirus numbers remaining on the decline.

“We are still providing our virtual services including informational requests by email at jmsreference@burrillville.org, numerous online resources, including Ancestry and the Providence Journal, and virtual programming,” Ullucci said.

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