We are open!

Phase 5 of Reopening Rowayton Library began on Tuesday, September 7.

Here’s how this phase works:

  • During open hours, you can:
    • Use limited and specific seating and tables
    • Read our newspapers and magazines
    • Browse and borrow books, audiobooks, and movies
    • Pick up holds (following the updated Library Takeout guidelines explained below)
    • Scan (you will need to bring your own flash drive), print, copy, and fax documents
    • Use a public computer (on a first come, first served basis)
  • We are now back to normal (fall) hours:
    • Monday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Friday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 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 per the mayor's mandate
    • Require children under the age of 12 to remain with a caregiver at all times
    • Ask that you that leave any 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
    • Are not allowing food and drinks inside the library
    • 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

Our outdoor drop box is open 24/7 and materials may now be returned inside the library.

The book drop is emptied 15 minutes prior to the library's opening each day and the materials are no longer quarantined.

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!