May 24, 2021, updated August 13, 2021
Cook Memorial Library is open!
Hours: Beginning June 1, 2021, the library hours will return to 40 hours per week, Monday & Friday 10-5, Tuesday & Wednesday 10-8, Saturday 10-4.
Inside the Building: Masks are required inside the library as long as NH DHHS reports a “substantial” level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to make disposable masks and hand sanitizer available to the public. Library staff will continue disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (door handles, computer mice and keyboards, copier and fax machine touchpads) throughout the day.
If you are looking for a quiet place to work, or a place to use our wifi for an online meeting, it is helpful to let us know ahead of time. Because we are a busy community library, we cannot promise a private (i.e., uninterrupted) space, or a silent space. Knowing that you’re coming helps us figure out how our spaces will be used each day.
Outside the Building: Masks are not required for outdoor programs.
Returning borrowed items: You may return your borrowed items inside at the desk, or use the bookdrop outside the main entrance. Your choice, but if we’re open, please come in, we’d love to see you!
Services: You may continue to request to borrow library items to pick up in the library’s foyer. All items placed on reserve will be put on the shelves in the foyer when they are ready to pick up. You may also come inside, browse, and select items to check out. We’re taking suggestions for new titles, just let us know what you’d like to read!
Collections: We will discontinue quarantining of library materials beginning June 1, 2021. Items will be checked in and shelved without a holding time.
Copier/Fax/Printer: We have moved the equipment back to self-serve locations. If you are able to enter the library, we prefer that you do so to make your copies, send faxes, or print documents from a library computer or your own computer. If you need assistance, feel free to ask a library staff member.
Programs: All library programs will be held outdoors this summer or will be presented remotely online. We will evaluate whether to begin indoor programming in the fall closer to that time.
Meeting Room: You may reserve our big downstairs meeting room for a meeting of up to 20 people. No other indoor meeting spaces are available for groups. Outdoor spaces behind the library may be available, check with a staff member to ask. We prefer indoor meetings to be scheduled during library hours. Masking protocol for our meeting room will be the same as for visiting the library. Food may not be served at meetings at this time. The meeting room is equipped with an air sanitizer. To reserve a meeting room, please ask a library staff member.
Book donations: We continue to have limited space for book donations. We will only accept donations of new books (2020 and 2021 publishing date) and children’s books in good condition. We cannot accept textbooks, reference or self-help books, and multi-volume sets. Please do not donate magazines, catalogs, music CDs, VHS or audiocassette tapes, and anything that smells or looks funky and worn out. We ask you to limit your donation to one or two boxes at a time.