If you are looking for an escape inside good a book there is good news for you. The Buffalo and Erie County Libraries announced that all branches are now reopened but there are some rules you will need to follow when you go in.

Here are some of the rules you will have to follow next time you head to the library in person.

  • Properly fitting facial coverings are required to be worn correctly, by all persons over the age of two, at all times;
  • Social distancing (minimum of six feet) is in effect:
    • Heavily trafficked areas have floor markers;
    • Furniture and public computers are spaced apart;
  • ALL returned materials, including but not limited to books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, etc. are quarantined for a period of four days.  Materials returned on time will not accrue fines/fees, but will remain on your borrower record for the quarantine period;
  • NO eating/drinking is permitted;
  • Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the library;
  • Plexiglass shields are found at most service desks; and
  • We encourage you to limit your stay to two hours.
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Now if you can't make it to the library, they have launched a new program called "Library By Mail". It is a free program that was designed for Erie County residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound and unable to go to a physical library.  To join the program you can call the main library office at 716-858-7156.

Also, they announced that they are no more hold fees associated with having an item placed on hold or shipped from one branch to another.  This means you can reserve materials that are on a waiting list or order material from any library in the System and have the item/items sent to your local library at no cost. You will be notified when the item/items are available for pick-up and will have eight days to collect the item/items. If you don't pick up the item within eight days, a fee will then be assessed.

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