COVID-19 UPDATE

The Maynard Public Library will be closed until further notice. 

  We deeply regret this action, but feel it is necessary in the face of our national health emergency. 

LIBRARY SERVICES UPDATE

The Maynard Public Library Curbside Delivery Program Effective June 3. 2020

We are delighted to enact a safe contactless curbside program service at this time.  First a few things to remember: the only library items available currently are those physically in the Maynard Public Library.  There is no network delivery.  So if we don’t actually have the item you want in Maynard, we can’t get it for you.  At this time no patrons are allowed in the library building. We will update this announcement as services change, so check back here from time to time.  Thank you for your patience and your support!

How to Check Out Items

At this time, we are able to offer Maynard Public Library materials to borrow.  You can request them in a few different ways.  The best way is to request them through the library catalog.  That way you’ll know whether or not we have the book you want in the library.  A second way is to send a message to Maycirc@minlib.net.  A third way is to call the library at 978 897 1010 X 103 and leave a message. If you do send us a message or call us please include your library card number if you have it and your phone number.  We will fill these requests as quickly as possible and be in touch to arrange a pickup.

How to Pick Up Items

Pick up hours will be between 2-5 PM weekdays until further notice. We will be making appointments for people to pick up items in 20-minute time slots so that we can ensure safe distancing. (We hope to provide online reservations soon.) Reply to the email you receive with your preferred time (or several). We'll honor that as best we can. You'll get notice when your pickup time has been confirmed. If you’re picking up an item for a family member please let us know when you schedule.

Your item(s) will be checked out, bagged and labeled with your name, and placed on the Holds carts just outside the door. You can just pick up and go! If another patron is picking up when you arrive, please wait at a distance until they are finished.

How to Return Items

Maynard Public Library items may be returned to the book drop each weekday from 9AM-1PM.  These will be quarantined for 4 days, so don’t be alarmed if they remain on your card after you’ve returned them.  Items belonging to other libraries may not be returned to Maynard at this time because we can’t return them for you. All Minuteman Library materials are checked out until June 30, 2020. If you have any questions contact the owning library.

Risk

Using library materials during the COVID 19 pandemic carries a risk. Please read the following for more information. 

Maynard Public Library

Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability

Relating to Curbside Pick Up and Drop-Off Service

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly through person-to-person contact, but the virus may also exist on surfaces for extended periods of time.  As a result, federal, state and local governments, including the Town of Maynard, and federal, state and local health agencies, including the Maynard Board of Health, recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.  Accordingly, the Town of Maynard (“the Town”), by and through its Library Director and its Library Board of Trustees, have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including the implementation of a curbside pick up and drop-off service beginning June 3, 2020.  However, the Town cannot guarantee that those utilizing its facilities, including its curbside pick up and drop-off program, will be entirely free from any risk of infection of COVID-19 by participating in such service.  Further, participating in any activity that involves person-to-person contact, or the passing of books, magazines and other materials could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

By participating in the curbside pick up and drop-off program, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability or death. Furthermore, you understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 resulting from your participation in the program may result from the actions, omissions or negligence of Town employees, volunteers and/or other participants in the program. 

Having been advised of the risks involved, and in consideration of the services provided by the Town, you voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury you may incur (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death) in connection with your participation in the program and, by participating in the program, release, covenant, discharge, and hold harmless the Town, and its employees, agents and representatives, of and from liabilities arising out of or relating thereto.

Also please note that, because of safety issues, the Friends may not accept books at this time.

Visit our COVID-19 page for information about library services that will be offered, e-resources you can use any time from home, local resources and information related to the virus, and more. Click the Virtual Events tab above to access the library calendar or pull down on the tab to access event pages.

E-mail Support

Have a question for library staff? Send it here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that all requests have been frozen and staff are not currently able to work in the building.

All our member libraries are currently closed to the public.
Your library loans have been extended and will not accumulate fines. 
Closed libraries are suspending new requests until they re-open.

Maynard Public Library 77 Nason Street Maynard, MA 01754 Phone 978-897-1010