Reopening Rowayton Library

Phase 3 of Reopening Rowayton Library begins Monday, July 6

We are now allowing Limited Access to the library!

Here’s how it will work:

  • During specific hours, you will be able to:
    • Browse and borrow books, audiobooks, and movies
    • Pick up holds (following the updated Library Takeout guidelines explained below)
    • Scan (you will need to bring you own flash drive), print, copy, and fax documents
    • Use a public computer (on a first come, first served basis)
  • The specific hours we will allow patrons limited access to the library are:
    • Monday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • To help ensure safety, we will be:
    • Requiring all visitors of all ages to wear face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth
    • Taking each patron's temperature with an infrared thermometer before allowing entrance into the library
    • Recommending that visitors wear gloves while in the library
    • Limiting the amount of time that you may spend in the library
    • Reducing the number of patrons allowed in the library at once
    • Requiring children under the age of 12 to remain with a caregiver at all times
    • Asking that you that leave any four-legged, furry family members outside or at home
    • Asking that you leave strollers outside for the duration of your visit to the library
    • Disallowing use of and lounging in library chairs, tables and other furniture
    • Only opening one public computer for patron use
    • Disallowing food and drinks inside the library
    • Disinfecting and wiping down surfaces regularly throughout the day in addition to our daily cleaning schedule
    • Ensuring that hand sanitizer is always available
  • Please note:
    • You may need to wait in line outside on designated X’s for your turn to come into the library. Spots in line may not be held nor can specific times for entry be reserved.
    • Our restroom will be available for use, but you will still need to wait your turn in line to use it.
    • We ask that you please do your best to remain aware of your closeness to other patrons and library staff while inside the library and waiting outside. Six feet of distance, at a minimum, is preferred at all times.

Returning Library Materials

Materials may be returned only in the drop box outside. You may not hand returned materials to staff once inside the library or return them at the front desk. The drop box will still be open for drive-through returns during the following hours:

  • Monday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The drop box will remain locked at all other times. No fines or late fees will be accrued.

Updates to Library Takeout

You can still reserve materials online, we’ll pull them for you, call you when they’re ready, come pick them up inside the library, and take them home. The revised steps and guidelines for Library Takeout are:

  1. First, you log in to your account online.Go to the account log in page via our website here.
    • If you've never logged into your account before, set your password here. If you haven't set your username yet, use the 14-digit barcode number located on the back of your library card.
      • If you don't have your library card number and can't find your library card, call us at 203-838-5038 or email us at and we can give it to you over the phone.
  2. Then, put the items that you want on hold.
  3. After you've placed your holds, wait for a phone call notification.
    • When your hold is ready for pickup, you will receive a phone notification.
    • Library staff will have already checked out your items, placed them in a new paper bag, and have them listed alphabetically on the table in the main room of the library.
  4. Pick Up Your Items in the Library
    • You will have three days to pick up your materials unless you indicate a specific day that you’ll be available to pick up your holds, in accordance with the aforementioned Limited Access hours.
    • Masks are required for all library pickups.
    • When you get to the library, please wait in line if necessary on designated X's that we've pre-marked to maintain a 6-foot social distance.
    • Once your turn comes to enter the library, go to the main room of the library, only touch your bag of holds, and you're good to go!
    • Please note, that we will still be stamping the materials with due dates but no fines will accrue on your account should they be returned past the due date. We ask that you do your best to respect those due dates so that other patrons can enjoy the library materials, too.

We want to make sure to continue to do what we can to provide you and our community with the best service possible while making sure to keep the health and safety of both you, our patrons, and us, your library staff, our top priority.

Library staff continues to work with extra precautions in place to be both effective and safe while also continuing to work with limited staff in the building at one time. we ask that you remain patient as we all navigate this "new normal" together.

Continue to stay safe and be well! We look forward to seeing you soon!