Coronavirus Update – June 15

Dear library patrons,  

As you may be aware, the State of Connecticut is proceeding with plans for “Phase 2” reopening, which includes libraries. We are committed to providing service following the State reopening rules and the latest health guidance from the CDC. In order to safely reopen, we must put certain changes and limitations in place, including re-configuring our space to facilitate social distancing, developing cleaning procedures, and ensuring we have adequate PPE for the safety of our staff and patrons.  

We are anxious to welcome the public back to their Library and are working diligently to prepare for reopening. We hope to be able to announce our reopening date soon. Please continue to visit our website or follow our social media accounts for up-to-date information.  

At this time, we have the following low-contact services available:  

Book Returns  

Book drops will open and staff will return to the library to accept returned materials and prepare for resuming services. Books will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being handled by staff and checked in. No fines will be charged on any items returned by June 15.  

Holds and Curbside Pickup  

Patrons may place holds on items available at the Durham Public Library only. Holds can be placed using the online catalog or by calling the library at 860-349-9544. Holds will typically be available the day after the request is made,  Monday through Friday, 12-5 pm.  

We will contact you to let you know your holds are ready for pick-up. Materials will be placed on the front bench labeled by patron’s last name. Don’t know what you want? Use this form to let us know what you like and we’ll select five books we think you might enjoy. We’ll call you when they are ready for pick up.  

Computer Appointments  

Patrons may making appointments to use the public computers and/or copier, printer, or fax. Two computers will be available for patron use and spaced apart for social distancing. Appointments can be made by calling the library at 860-349-9544 daily beginning at 10 am. Appointments are first come, first serve for that day and last 30 minutes. Terminals and equipment will be cleaned between uses.  

While we will not have patrons in the building for browsing or programs during this first phase, we look forward to serving you through our digital resources, online programming, activities, book discussions, and our upcoming summer reading program. Stayed tuned for an email with our summer reading plans!

The following services will continue to be available:

  • We will continue to offer a wide array of digital resources, including books, audiobooks, music, streaming movies and television, digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, and streaming arts and crafts classes at
  • We are offering a limited number of programs such as book discussions online using the Zoom platform. Please check our calendar for dates. Registration is required for all online programs.
  • The Library’s free wifi can be accessed from most locations in the parking lot. We encourage patrons who need wifi access to park and access the wifi from their vehicle. No password is required.
  • If you do not have a library card but would like to access our digital services, please call or email the library and we will get back to you with a temporary card number.

Please ask us if you have any questions. We will update everyone should the situation change. Please check the library website and follow us on social media for updates. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe!

Christine Michaud, Library Director, and the Staff of the Durham Public Library.

Information Resources on COVID-19

Town of Durham COVID-19 Information
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)