2020 Friends of the Library Newsletter
Dear Friends, During the past few months, as an unprecedented public health crisis has disrupted daily life, we’ve all had to adapt to changes we never could have imagined. The same has been true for the Westbrook Public Library. Click the link below to read more.

Library Services Update:
Revised August 6, 2020

By order of the Town, the Library is still closed to the public. The closing is for an indefinite period of time. It is being done to slow the spread of COVID- 19 in our community. We are working on our reopening plans. We will check phone messages and email from 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday throughout this period. We regret any inconvenience and the disruption of our normal services. However, public safety is a primary concern and the Town has decided that these steps are prudent and necessary. Links for local information on COVID-19 are on our resources page. Look for the Town of Westbrook, Westbrook Emergency Management and the Westbrook Public Schools links.

We have automatically renewed materials currently on loan to September 1. Otherwise, all due dates and fines are being waived at this time. You can return materials to our book return to the right of the front door or put them in the blue drive up book drop in the back parking lot. All materials received are being quarantined for at least 96 hours before handling. Because of this, items will remain on your account for up to four days after you return them. You will not be fined for this. We do ask that you please hold on to your donated books for now.

We offer non- contact Take Out service for requested materials. You can call the library at 860 399-6422 (leave a message if we don’t pick up) or send us an email to westbrook.public.lib@gmail.com with your request. You can also place holds via the online catalog. The online catalog and hold system is fully operational for you to make requests. When you receive an email or text notice that your item is ready for pickup, please call the library to let us know you’re coming and we’ll have your item(s) ready on our curbside pickup carts. Otherwise, we will call or email you when your item is ready to pick up. We will check it out to you and put it in a bag with your name on it on the carts by the front door.

FREE WIFI is available outside the building. You can pick it up in your car. Try to park close to the building. Be advised, this WIFI is not password protected. Use at your own risk. During the day (weather permitting) a small collection of free books and DVDs is near the front door. While the federal tax deadline has been extended, tax forms and booklets are also outside during the day.

We are working on our COVID-19 health safety training and cleaning procedures in an effort to keep everyone safe for when we reopen. We do not have a reopen date at this time, but will keep you updated on any and all changes to our services. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards meeting your library needs once again. For questions, call 860.399.6422. In the meantime, we have several online offerings for eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and online learning under the Resources tab and below. For additional resources on language learning and job search tools click here.