Ellsworth Public Library

On May 18, 2021, our Library Trustees voted to revise our COVID-19 protocols.  This will go into effect on Monday, May 24th.  

Ellsworth Public Library is open with safety procedures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  We are continuing to require our patrons to wear masks while in the building. We will have mask and sanitizing stations at both of our entrances.  If you are unable to wear a mask while in the building, please call us, and we will find a way to assist you. We are continuing to offer Curbside Pickup at the back door.

Safety procedures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Masks are required in all public areas inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.  Please refer to these CDC guidelines for recommended face coverings. This helps protect our youngest patrons who cannot be vaccinated yet. 
  • Patrons will be provided with hand sanitizer to use when they arrive.
  • At this time, private meeting space in the building is not available.
  • Our youth picture book room (the “Boat Room”) and our J Fiction room are open to one household at a time. All patrons over the age of two will be required to wear a mask.  

FAQs about our current COVID-19 protocols

Why am I being asked to wear a mask in the building?

Young children frequent our library; therefore, our Board of Trustees has approved continuing the mask requirement inside of our building for anyone over the age of two years.  This is similar to the most recent executive order from our Governor concerning schools and childcare settings.  If you prefer not to or cannot wear a mask or face covering, please call the library at 667-6363. We may be able to assist you in other ways.

Which services are available?

  • Browse the stacks and choose your next stack of books, movies, and magazines to take home.
  • The “Boat Room” (picture books) and J Fiction rooms are open to one household at a time. All patrons over the age of two will be required to wear a mask.
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
  • Public computers

Which services are on hold for now?

In person programs are currently on hold to prevent too many people from gathering in a small space.  We are planning outdoor programs beginning this summer.  More details are coming soon.  Please follow Ellsworth Public Library on Facebook and check our website for more information as it becomes available.

I just want to pick up my materials?  What should I do?

If you would prefer not to come in the building, we are still offering curbside pickup. Once you receive a notification that your materials are ready to be picked up, please call the library (667-6363) to schedule an appointment.  For more information about curbside pickup, please click here.

I need to use the wifi.  Do I need to come into the building to do this?

The wifi extends around the building, so you should be able to use it on the front lawn and in the library’s parking lot.  There are two networks available: eplguest and projectConnect.  The wifi is on all the time (even when the library isn’t open), so feel free to stop by and use it.  There is no password required to connect.

When will you be loosening your restrictions?

The Board of Trustees voted to revise the COVID protocols effective on May 24, 2021. We are closely monitoring the public health information, as well as guidance from the Maine CDC and the state library. We hope to loosen some of our restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so in accordance with state guidelines.

When will the Riverview Room be available for events?

The Riverview Room is still closed to the public. It will reopen at a later date in keeping guidance from Maine CDC and the State Library.

I’ve had my materials out for a long time.  Will I have fines?

No.  All library fines will be waived for a period of six months to streamline service and ease financial burden during the pandemic.

I have books to donate to the library.  When can I drop them off?

We are accepting 1-2 small boxes or bags of donated books at a time.  Please call ahead if you plan to donate books.

I’m not planning to go out very much, but I’d still like to use library services.  What can I do?

All library programs will continue to be offered virtually for the foreseeable future.  Here’s a link to our calendar for more information about upcoming events. Other digital services include ebooks, digital magazines, Acorn TV streaming video, and streaming music.  Please click here for more information. Further information about library services will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook.

I have another question.  Who should I contact?

Please email us at info@ellsworthlibrary.net or call 667-6363 and a librarian will reply as soon as possible.

Reliable Sources of Information:

Maine CDC – https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

National CDC- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

World Health Organization:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

 New York Times coverage of the coronavirus is free with unlimited access:

NYT – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/science/coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html