The Westport Library said today it has joined four other Fairfield County libraries to begin curbside pickup of books and other materials as soon as June 15.
The Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield, and Weston libraries collaborated on this decision, an announcement said.
The Westport Library developed a multi-phased reopening plan in close collaboration with the Town of Westport and the Westport-Weston Health District.
The first phase of the plan includes curbside pickup and a process to safely quarantine returned books and materials, the announcement said.
“We are delighted to provide curbside pickup of books, DVD’s and other materials to our patrons,” said Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library. “We miss seeing everyone and are very pleased to be taking these first steps toward our eventual reopening.”
“Because executive orders on the reopening of public library buildings are still in development and guidelines are changing often, it is hard to predict when libraries will be allowed to open their buildings,” stated First Selectman Jim Marpe.
“By offering curbside service, the Westport Library has put forth a safe and smart solution that is consistent with our townwide approach,” he said.
“Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Westport in early March, together we have had success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 with the use of face covering, gloves and by limiting close contact with others in the community,” said Mark Cooper, Director of Health, Westport Weston Health District.
“However, we cannot stay home forever; we all need to meet basic household needs and start the economy going again. By following the Library’s well thought out plan to start offering curbside service, and allowing for the safe return of materials, it is another important step in this direction.”