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COVID Reopening Updates

Hello, Friends!

Since our July 20, 2020 reopening, we've made evolving changes along the way in order to best serve you and other members of our community while maintaining your and staff safety. Please read on to see what changes are currently taking place.

Best wishes,
The Staff of the Southbury Public Library​


Currently, while masks are recommended for everyone they are only required for those who are not fully vaccinated (including children ages 2-11). If you want or need a mask, please ask a staff member and we are happy to provide one for you.

Plexiglass dividers have been installed on study tables and between each of our public computers.

Those with younger children must stay together at all times. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the same floor.


We have returned to our regular hours on both floors of the library. Our hours are as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm

  • Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30am-9:00pm

  • Saturday: 9:30am-4:00pm

  • Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Hand sanitizer is available at circulation desks and other popular locations. 


We offer curbside service by appointment. We strongly encourage those who are uncomfortable entering the building and those who are unable to properly wear face coverings to take advantage of this alternate service or to call us to give a friend or family member permission to pick up books for you. Please click here to learn more about our curbside service.


We are continuing to reintroduce services with the safety of the public and our staff in mind. Please ask a staff member if you would like us to sanitize a table, computer, or any other area before you use it.

Please see the following list of services that remain unavailable:

  • On the Second Floor:
    • Kindles
    • Toys
    • Junior Friends Book Sale
    • Puzzles and games
  • The Friends of the Library's coffee station


Books may be returned to the outside book drop or to any of our indoor book returns. You may still place items on hold from home online or via phone. If you don’t feel comfortable entering the building at this time, please call our Reference Desk at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to arrange a curbside pickup appointment.

All DVDs check out for their usual period (1 week for everything except Adult Nonfiction DVDs, which are 2 weeks). Fines will resume on January 2, 2022.

Published by on July 16, 2020
Last Modified December 08, 2021