-All current stages and provided library information is subject to change without notice-
The Ayer Library has been closed since March 16th, 2020 due to COVID-19 under the recommendations of the Governor of Massachusetts, the Town Manager, and the Ayer Library Board of Trustees.
During this time, the staff of the Ayer Library has continued to serve library patrons by maintaining contact through phone messages, emails, and online postings and through providing virtual Storytimes for families and other at-home activities which can be viewed on our Facebook page. The library staff has been hard at work to supply as much digital content as possible to patrons, by purchasing more ebooks through Overdrive/Libby and adding new online resources like RBDigital which provides movies, tv shows, digital comic books and e-audiobooks, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The staff has also taken advantage of this time to clean, tidy, and undertake some much-needed improvement projects on the library building itself. These changes to the building include updating furniture, installing new circulation desks, and redesigning the library space.
Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted, the Ayer Library is looking to reestablish more in-person services to the community. Our main concern at this time is the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and patrons. As such, it will be a slow process of reopening and allowing patrons back in the building.
To view our full statement click here —> Ayer Library COVID19 Reopening Press Release (June 2020)
We are currently operating under Level Four of our Pandemic Preparedness Levels. This means that the library is closed to the public, ILL delivery is suspended, library operating hours and working staff is shortened. For our full list of levels click here —> Ayer Library Pandemic Preparedness Levels
We are currently moving into Stage Two of our Reopening Plan. Moving forward you can expect to see: more staff in the building at one time, curbside pickup services, and an expansion of library hours. To read our full reopening plan click here —> Ayer Library COVID19 Reopening Plan
The library staff is in the building Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. All of our phone lines are open and we are available to answer your questions. Emails are being checked daily. Our Curbside Pickup Program is starting on Tuesday, June 9th. Patrons are invited to place requests over the phone or through our digital request forms.
Link to our Facebook Page —-> https://www.facebook.com/AyerLibrary/
Official updates and information:
World Health Organization information center: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Massachusetts Department of Health information center: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Center for Disease Control and Prevention guide to Coronavirus prevention and protection: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html