Greenwich Library COVID Updates

Greenwich Library has taken its first steps towards re-establishing in-person services:

No Contact Pick-Up:

You can place holds on books and materials in the Library catalog using the same process as in the past. Once holds are ready, an email notification will be sent to you with a link to a form to choose the date and time for pick up. When you arrive at the Library at your selected hour for pick up, please stay in your car, call the appropriate location phone number, and wait for staff instructions. Staff will place items on a cart by the Library’s front doors. Click here to find out more.

Entry Requirements:

• Same-day or next-day appointments are available to Greenwich residents and Greenwich Library cardholders 18 and older.
• Appointment holders should be prepared to show their Library card or driver’s license to verify eligibility.
• Once inside the building, all visitors will stop at the Welcome Desk for an escort.
• All patrons are required to wear a mask covering mouth and nose at all times and sanitize hands with supplies provided.
• Maintain social distance of at least six feet.
• No food or drinks are permitted; the water fountain will not be available.
• First-floor restrooms will be available on a limited basis.
• Elevators to the 2nd floor Flinn Gallery are limited to two passengers at a time.
• Anyone showing signs of illness should refrain from coming into the Library.

Computer Appointments:

You can now set an appointment to access computers, printers, scanners, and copiers at Greenwich Main Library and at Byram Shubert Library. At this time, the collections are closed and not available to the public. Computer usage is limited to one appointment per patron, per day with a one-hour limit. If no one is waiting and there are no appointments following, it may be extended for another 30-60 minutes. Only one person is allowed at a computer at a time.

To set an appointment at Greenwich Library, call 203-622-7910 or email us.

Click here to find out about Greenwich Main Library.

To set an appointment at Byram Shubert Library, call 203-531-0426 or email us.

Click here to find out about Byram Shubert Library.

Innovation Lab Appointments:

Set an appointment to visit the brand new Innovation Lab at Greenwich Library which features a variety of modern technologies including 3D printers, 3D scanners, a laser cutter, virtual reality equipment, and much more. Appointments are available for Library cardholders 18 years and older who are already badged to use the equipment. For badging requirements, go to www.greenwichlibrary.org/innovationlab.

To book a one-hour appointment, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/innovationlab and choose which equipment you’d like to book.

Click here to find out more.

Flinn Gallery Appointments:

Set an appointment to visit the Flinn Gallery’s latest exhibition, Material World, the first of the 2020-21 season. The show features two painters – Leeah Joo of Middlebury, CT and Stephanie Serpick of Brooklyn, NY – and one fiber artist, Jennifer Davies of Branford, CT. All three artists bring the nuances and richness of materials, such as drapery, sheets, and paper to life through color, composition, and texture.

To set an appointment, call 203-622-7947. Same-day or next-day appointments are up to 45 minutes.

Click here to find out more.

Virtual and Digital Offerings:

Whether you’re interested in audiobooks or ancestry research, Greenwich Library has a wealth of remote services available that will keep you learning, watching, reading, researching, and more, all from home. Access ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers, movie and TV streaming, music streaming, online learning services, and virtual Library events. Click here to find out more.


March 12, 2020

Greenwich, CT – Greenwich Library takes the health of our patrons and staff very seriously and we continue to monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. 

In the interest of public health and in light of the closure of the Greenwich Public Schools, and in consultation with the Library Board of Trustees, Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will close at noon on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and remain closed to the public until further notice.

We understand how critical the Library service is to the Greenwich community and made this difficult decision only after careful consideration and the Trustees’ determination that it was in the best interest of the community to take this action at this time. Yesterday, our facilities manager was informed that we will not be able to purchase new cleaning and sanitizing supplies. Based on this latest development, and the limited nature of our existing supplies, it would be impossible to keep the Library clean and sanitized for our 1,700 daily visitors.  

Over the last ten years, Greenwich Library has invested significantly in our Digital Library, which includes thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and more that patrons can access from home. Earlier this year, we expanded access to more than 3,500 magazines and 3,000 newspapers in RBDigital. We will continue to add to these collections. Our Digital Library is always available on our website. 

Patrons can ask reference questions via our website using our Ask a Librarian service. We encourage patrons to call as well at 203-622-7920.

All Library programs, use of meeting facilities by outside groups, and in-person meetings, are canceled until further notice.  

Due dates for all materials are extended indefinitely. Please do not return Library materials to our book drops. Library cards scheduled to expire in March or April have been extended until April 30. 

Any questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the Town of Greenwich Health Department hotlines at (203) 622-7865, (203) 622-7703, (203) 622-7614, (203) 622-7842, (203) 622-7836. 

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