From The Desk of the Director

Dear Friends,

I am writing with happy news! The Children’s Room will open Wednesday, July 7! You won’t need an appointment to browse our collection or use a computer. We will continue to limit visits to 1 hour with a maximum capacity of 10 visitors in the Children Room and on the Main Level.  In addition, the elevator, water fountains, and restrooms will be available. Masks are required at all times in the library; seating is limited, and interactive toys are not yet available. Meeting rooms and the Fiction Room will remain closed for a while longer. Food and drink are not permitted.

Because books and other materials are no longer being quarantined, our selection is once again robust. Most summer programming remains online because it was coordinated earlier in the year before we knew what the status of the pandemic would be. However, there will be some events taking place outdoors during the summer months. Please keep an eye on our Calendar and our emails to stay informed of these programs.

We have discovered that people enjoy the convenience of our Vestibule Pickup service so that will continue as part of our regular services.

Lastly, Derby Public Library is proud to announce that it has officially gone Fine Free. In our efforts to increase equity of access within our community, we will no longer charge overdue fines on Derby Public Library items, excluding overdue museum passes and equipment. Also, the library acknowledges sometimes people need a bit more time to read their book and if no one is waiting for that particular book, we want to save people time and make the library easier to use. So eligible Derby Public Library items checked out or renewed on or after June 1, 2021 will renew automatically 3 days before the due date, unless someone is waiting for the item. For example, an item with a three-week loan period would extend automatically for another three weeks from the original due date when it is automatically renewed. Contact us for details on how to sign up for this service.

Our staff looks forward to seeing you in the building again! Thank you for your patience with the few services that remain limited.

Warm regards,

Nicole B. Cignoli, Library Director, (203) 736-1482