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Local libraries offering limited services


May 20, 2020
REGION — A few more libraries are open for drop-offs while one more library is offering porch side circulation.

The Moultonborough Public Library announced it is now offering porch pickup. Patrons can reserve materials through their online account, they can also call 476-8895 or email moultonboroughpubliclibrary@gmail.com to reserve materials.

Staff will check out materials and put them in a bag with the patron's name on it. The bags will be left on the bench on the library's outside porch to be picked up by 3 p.m. Porch pickup is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The book drop is also open for people to return materials. The building will remain closed to the public.

The Samuel H. Wentworth Library in Sandwich also remains closed and is not yet offering any circulation, but has been taking back items as of May 13.

Patrons can drop off their materials on a cart in the downstairs foyer during scheduled drop-off times. Drop-off will be available this week on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; check with the library for times this coming week. If people come in at the same time as another patron, everyone is asked to maintain social distancing. Patrons are also asked not to go through beyond the first set of double doors in the building.

Staff will wait until the cart is full before rolling it back in the building. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of five days, during which time they will remain on patrons' accounts. After the five-day period materials will be checked in.

Contact the library at 284-6665 for questions.

The Meredith Public Library is still offering curbside pickup for materials. Patrons can order materials online through the catalogue or an order form or call the library at 279-4303. A staff member will call back with a pickup time. The items will be put in a bag with the person's name on it on a back table by the library's back entrance.

The Nichols Library in Center Harbor announced that it does not know when it will open and start circulating items again, though is extending some online services The Kanopy free trial was extended to May 29 and patrons can also check out music on Hoopla. Electronic books are available through New Hampshire Downloadable Books.

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