ReOpening Plans & Updates

11/10/2020 Update: We are now open until 3:00 pm on Saturdays. In-library or curbside is available. We will be closed on Wednesday 11/11/2020 for Veterans Day. We have started our Strategic Planning process again after months of ‘waiting and seeing’ what COVID was going to do. We have updated our survey to see what the library might offer in light of COVID, please fill it out by November 20th and pass on to any other Old Saybrook residents. Thank you!



10/6/2020 Update: Beginning on October 8th, we will open our study room (lower level) for one person at a time. In between appointments staff will clean the room, so we ask that you keep your mask on to protect our staff. One person only, per the health department. The hours for the study room are below. Please only book  the room once a day.

Study Room*:
Monday – Friday morning appointments (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) are 90 minutes.
Monday – Friday afternoon appointments (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) are 3 hours.                      
Saturday appointments (10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) are 2 1/2 hours.

9/24/2020 Update: Starting next Monday (9/28/2020), we will expand our appointment time to coincide with curbside appointments. We have come to realize how much people are enjoying curbside (we had over 750 curbside pickups in August alone), but we want to make appointments more widely available. Book an appointment here! We are open for browsing, but the current safety recommendations are to limit time and to stay socially distanced, especially inside buildings.  We ask that you make an appointment, as we can not guarantee a spot at a given time for a walk-in. We are doing our best to keep the facility and the collection clean, and the staff and patrons, safe. Computer appointments will stay at 45 minutes, but you may extend time on the same computer if no one is waiting. Children’s Room is one household per appointment time and children under 12 need to remain with a parent or guardian. We will continue to quarantine books and clean them after the 96 hour quarantine recommendation. We do not charge fines on books or movies, so we will gladly remove late fees if they occur, just call us! Our furniture and quarantined items still occupy both upper level meetings spaces, so currently, upstairs is staff only. If you need something printed or copied, we can help you. We are giving up to 10 black and white prints or copies for free. You can send your print job to and we can print it for you to pick up curbside or if you are in for an appointment. Please come in the rear door for in-house use, main door will remain in use for curbside pickup. These safety measures and procedures, have been developed with the guidance of the Town of Old Saybrook,  the Health Department as well as the Connecticut State Library. 


Check In Desk

9/1 Update: Welcome back to school, however that looks for you this year. We offer online resources and databases plus some links on the Children’s page for educational digital resources. We will be looking into trying some socially distant storytimes, and hope they will work outside. We have put some Adirondack chairs on the patio so you may use our wifi and there is an external plug in case your battery gets low. We have also started lending out a few laptops and hotspots that circulate for 2 weeks at a time to O.S. residents over 18. We continue to follow the guidance of the Town and the Health Department for everyone’s safety.

Clean Mice/Keyboards for Computer Appointments

8/10 Update: We have expanded our hours to include Saturday morning for both curbside pickup and library appointments. Curbside pickups and library appointments are both at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. Must call 860.395.3184. Review the info about both types of appointments below to help us follow health and town guidelines to fight COVID.

Quarantine Area/Furniture Storage
96 Hour Quarantine Area

7/29 Update: The Library is open by appointment, Monday-Friday in 45 minute slots at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Quick Browse, Computer, and Children’s Room appointments. Please read the guidelines we are following and ask you to follow when you visit.  Library Appointment Information We will continue Curbside Pickup. Let’s stay safe together. 


7/24 Update: On July 28th, the library will be getting a replacement boiler for one of the two,  20 year old boilers, that has been giving us grief for the past few years. This one will be more efficient and will save us from further costly repairs. We still have not been given a reopen date yet. Thank you for your patience! We will be looking to expand our curbside times as it has gotten extremely busy!

7/20 Update: Our plexiglass is done! We have asked for some further guidance from the town and health department and are waiting for those answers. We unfortunately will need to extend our book quarantine time from 72 hours to 96 hours as the virus has been found to linger on some items longer than others and we like to err on the side of caution to keep you and staff safe. So, if you have returned an item and notice it is still on your account, more than likely it is in quarantine. More info on appointments for computers should be coming soon.

72 Hours went to 96 Quarantine, then must be cleaned

7/13 Update: Plexiglass is being installed on all three service desks. We are working on creating a schedule to allow public to make appointments to browse the stacks or to use the computers. We hope to do appointments to keep the numbers low and allow for proper social distancing, but, to allow freedom to browse through the stacks. Children’s Room appointments will be made by families and only one family at a time. This phase should be coming soon, but we have no set date yet, everything will need to be finalized with the Town and Health Department first. Masks will be required.

7/2 Update: Items from other libraries in our consortium will begin accepting request (as long as they are staffed) beginning July 6th. You will not have to limit to just Acton items.

7/1 Update: Curbside pickup slots have been expanded, and will now begin at 10am instead of 11 am. There is no pickup on the 3rd of July, as it is a Town Holiday. The library’s self checkout station has been installed. There will still be staff at the other service desks, this is just an option for those that would like to utilize it. All staff will need some training on it for when we reopen. 

6/24 Update: The plexiglass for our three service desks has been ordered. Some furniture is being removed to help with social distancing requirements, and being stored in the Grady Thomas Room. 

6/23 Update: We are currently repairing our cupola. We will also soon be installing a new boiler, our old one was 20 years old and was having an increasing amount of costly issues. We do not yet have a date for installation of the plexiglass. We have begun offering printing for curbside pickup. Email to help with your printing needs.

6/16 Update: We wanted to give you an update of where the library is in terms of reopening. We will not be opening on June 17th, and many other libraries in the state are not ready either. We are currently waiting on the installation of plexiglass. When that is installed we will be able to talk to our town officials and the health department and see what other measures we will need to take to keep our staff and patrons safe.

We are following the guidelines set out through the town, state, and from the state library.

Things will not look as they did when we left, and our procedures and the way we operate will not be the same as when we left in March. Hopefully, all these measures will be temporary and we will be able to loosen restrictions as quickly as possible, as long as we continue on the downward trend of COVID cases. We will try to keep everyone updated as thing progress.

In the meantime, our staff has been working hard on creating virtual programs, providing curbside services and even creating Summer Reading using both curbside and virtual methods. We have also invested more in digital offerings so we hope the wait times are less. If you have a digital title we can even sometimes buy extra copies.

Please use our curbside services until we open the doors again. Enjoy a virtual program. Get involved in our Summer Reading, it’s for all ages.

We hope you all are staying healthy and safe and we are working our hardest to make sure that when you come back into the library you will continue to be healthy and safe.