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Extended Hours for Midterms: January 19 - 25

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Greenwich Library will once again offer extended hours to accommodate the study needs of high school students during midterm exams in January. Dozens of students use the Library as a quiet study space during exams, both as individuals and as an ideal location for group study. As always, Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. 

The Main Library will remain open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 through Thursday, January 21 and on Monday, January 25 for public and private school exam weeks. The Library will also remain open until 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. (There will be no extended hours on Friday and Saturday, regular schedule applies). 

The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. on extended-hours weekdays so that students can purchase study break snacks. (The Café is closed on Sundays.) Note that the Library is closed on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

We are pleased that Greenwich students view the Library as their preferred study space and we make sure that they feel welcome," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. "Offering extended hours during these critical weeks gives students much-needed additional time to prepare for their tests." 

The Library will be open late primarily for students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours. Ormerod-Glynn also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual, both during extended hours and regular Library hours on exam days.  

For more information, email the Teen Services Librarian or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens to learn more about student volunteer opportunities and programs at Greenwich Library.

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Greenwich Library is conducting a 2015 Community Survey to examine the community's views about Library services and priorities. This anonymous survey is a continuation of Greenwich Library's five-year strategic plan - My Library: Connecting our Community -- launched in 2012. The survey is currently available via the Library's website, www.greenwichlibrary.org

 "Our goal in conducting this survey is to learn more about the community's preferences in programming and resources," said Haley Elmlinger, President of Greenwich Library's Board of Trustees. "Completing the survey takes only a few minutes, but its impact as the voice of our community will resonate for years to come." 

The survey will be available Monday, September 21 through Monday, October 12 in English, Spanish and Japanese. Although participants are encouraged to complete the survey online, paper copies will be available at all three library locations. Current users and non-users, as well as individuals of all ages, are encouraged to complete the survey. Each member of the family can participate, and the survey is easily accessed on mobile devices. Students in grade six to twelve and their parents are highly encouraged to participate, as the Library is considering a number of initiatives to further engage this age group. 

The survey was designed by a committee of Library staff and trustees in consultation with Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm. It focuses on current use, programming preferences, digital collections, technology support, possible use of space, and "what ifs" regarding potential future services. 

The Library also collaborated with Berk Associates on the 2011 Community Survey with the Library's Board of Trustees providing funding for the project. 

The 2011 Community Survey results had a direct effect on Library strategic decisions. Since 2012, Greenwich Library has introduced a number of new service initiatives: 

• Self-service pickup of materials on hold, along with new self-checkout machines. 
• A comprehensive collection evaluation to identify best uses of Library funds and space. 
• An increase in new and emerging media such as downloadable magazines, digital local photographs, eBooks, and streaming music and movies. 
• The launch of Greenwich Reads Together, an annual community-wide reading initiative that strengthens and connects our community of readers through programs and discussion groups. 
• The expansion of community partnerships with groups such as Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich International Film Festival, Commission on Aging, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Curiosity Concerts for Children and others. 
• The launch of a comprehensive master plan study with an architect and space planner in collaboration with Library staff and trustees to reimagine public spaces at the Main Library to reflect changes in technology and how people use the Library. 
• The formation of a staff programming committee to evaluate and select programs that promote and extend the collections, services and mission of Greenwich Library. 

Greenwich Library Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn said the staff will use the survey results to inform critical choices about collections, programs and services. "We've made tremendous progress in implementing the Strategic Plan thus far," she said. "The results of this survey will help us to continue to meet the changing needs and interests of Greenwich residents with an emphasis on partnerships, building community and access to technology." 

For more information about Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan, and to complete the survey, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/strategy.
On Thursday, August 27 Greenwich Library is performing a day of Catalog and Account Maintenance. 

  • While the system is down, patrons will not be able to access their accounts online, search the catalog, place holds or renew items. 
  • Staff will be able to check-out any item to a patron with the patron's library card (driver's licenses will not work).
  • All items due on August 27 will been extended one day.
  • All self-checkout machines will be down and any transactions will be completed at the desk. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Update: September 2015
Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate Greenwich High School final exam week in June and Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16. (There are no extended hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday that week; regular schedule applies.) Hours for the Library Café are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Café is closed on Sundays.
 
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Maintenance complete

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Maintenance complete
Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students during exam weeks. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18 for the public school schedule. The Library will be open primarily for the students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours. 

The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. for study break snacks and Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. 

"We hope that students will once again take advantage of the additional time to prepare for their tests," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. Ormerod-Glynn also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual.

Click here for more information about Teen Services at Greenwich Library including student volunteer activities.

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Thank you for your patience

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Greetings!

PINWe realize many of you experienced difficulty with the launch of our new PIN initiative and some may still encounter problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Although our catalog system experienced errors due to extraordinarily high traffic, nearly 4,000 patrons have been able to successfully create PINs.

PINs are now required to access your Library account online as we prepare to implement BiblioCommons, the new catalog system which will launch in early 2014. BiblioCommons will offer you intuitive searching, account integration, new tools for discovery, eBook integration, library staff recommendations and the ability to create a community around the library collection.

For a sneak preview of how the new catalog will look and function, please visit New York Public Library and Princeton Public Library.

If you have not done so already, to create your PIN, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org, then click on My Library Account. Enter your name, Library card number and desired PIN, then follow the instructions to confirm your PIN.

If you experience difficulty, please close your browser, wait a few minutes and try again. You may also call our Patron Services desk for assistance at 203-625-6524.

Some patrons have expressed concerns about not being able to store their name and account numbers in their browsers as they have before. We are aware of the situation, and are investigating a solution with our service provider.

Thank you for your patience as we move through the upgrade process.


Sincerely,
Carol A. Mahoney
Greenwich Library Director

Libraries open today

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be open today for normal scheduled hours. Please use caution when making your way to the Library.

Tax assistance available at Greenwich Library

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Get free tax assistance from the VITA Volunteers every Monday and Saturday, February 2 to April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library. 

Those interested should bring last year's tax return, all W2s and 1099s, all wage and salary information, information on interest and dividends received and paid, and taxes on real estate, property and vehicles. Check the calendar on the Greenwich Library website for room location. 

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910.
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