Reopening Rowayton Library

Phase 3 of Reopening Rowayton Library began Monday, July 6

Here’s how Limited Access works:

  • 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:
    • Require all visitors of all ages (except those under 2 years old) to wear face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth
    • Recommend that visitors wear gloves while in the library
    • Are limiting the amount of time that you may spend in the library or using the computer to 20 minutes
    • Are reducing the number of patrons allowed in the library at once
    • Require children under the age of 12 to remain with a caregiver at all times
    • Ask that you that leave any four-legged, furry family members outside or at home
    • Ask that you leave strollers outside for the duration of your visit to the library, with the exception of infants and toddlers who cannot yet walk
    • Disallow the use of and lounging in library chairs, tables and other furniture
    • Have only opened one public computer for patron use again, only available for 20 minute sessions)
    • Are not allowing food and drinks inside the library
    • Are disinfecting and wiping down surfaces regularly throughout the day in addition to our daily cleaning schedule
    • Are ensuring that hand sanitizer is always available
  • Please note:
    • You may need to wait outside for your turn to come into the library.
    • Our restroom is available for use, but you may still need to wait your turn in line to use it, if need be.
    • 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 cannot hand returned materials to staff once inside the library or return them at the front desk. The drop box is 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.

Updates to Library Takeout

You can still reserve materials online, upon which time we’ll pull them for you and call you when they’re ready for you to 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 library@rowayton.org 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 across from the entrance to the children's room inside 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 that cover the nose and mouth are required to be worn for all library pickups.
    • Once you enter the library, go to the table across from the children's room in the library, only touch your bag of holds, and you're good to go!

We strive 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!