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Message from the Library Director, March 17, 2020



After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in Connecticut around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with close consultation with the Library Board of Trustees, and in light of the school closure,  The Oliver Wolcott Library is  temporarily closed  beginning Friday, March 13 through at least Tuesday, March 31.

We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our communities and for the safety of our patrons and staff. It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but the responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons and our community right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, especially as our patrons, staff and volunteers include many seniors and others at high risk.

During the closure, the Library is closed and our book drops are closed. We ask that you please hold on to all of your materials until such time as the library reopens.  There will be no fees or penalties assessed. 

During the closure, we are looking for innovative ways to expand what we can provide to our community virtually. We are exploring a number of virtual events that we hope to launch later this week! Please stay tuned for details. 

During the closure, you can access e-books and e-audios online through Overdrive. We are significantly increasing our purchasing of e-books and e-audio to meet the increased need, increase availability, and decrease wait time for in-demand titles.  We also have a number of online resources (which we will be highlighting in upcoming e-newsletters) and are hoping to expand these as well in the coming days to weeks.

We are currently evaluating whether we can keep the OWL Box located inside the Bantam Market open. Watch for an update on our website, social media, and e-newsletter.

The safety and health of our patrons and staff are the Library’s top priority. Please continue to check our coronavirus webpage (which we plan to have up by Wednesday March 18) or updates through our e-newsletter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Below you will find more information about the closure as well as ways we are planning to serve all of our patrons during this time.

It is important that we all do our part to keep our communities healthy and safe.  We thank you for your understanding, patience and flexibility during these challenging times.


Most sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie White
Library Director



Stay informed, learn about resources: Sign up for OWL News to get updates from OWL and information about our digital resources and services available during our temporary closure.

Are there any library resources I can use while the Library is closed?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books and e-audio, and access to a multitude of 
online resources.  We will be highlighting these resources in upcoming e-newsletters and on our social media.

PLUS- we are actively working, and hope to launch, a number of virtual events. Watch for updates. We are very excited about this and are working hard to try to make this possible!

Is there any way I can access physical items during the closure?
We are currently evaluating the possibility of keeping the OWL Box located inside of the Bantam Market open for our patrons.

Will you be buying more e-books and e-audio?
YES. For the duration of the closure, we have significantly increased our purchasing of e-books and e-audio. This will increase availability and decrease wait time for in-demand e-books and e-audios.  We will be purchasing these for all ages: adults, teens and children.

What if I have trouble downloading an e-book or e-audio? What if I have never done that before? We are here to help you!  If you need help setting up an e-book or e-audio account, email us at [email protected] or send us a direct message via our Facebook or Instagram account. One of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials have been extended to May 1. We are a fines-free library and no late fees will accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.

Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
Outdoor book drops will also be closed during this time period. PLEASE, for the safety of our staff, do not return any items. HOLD ON TO ANY LIBRARY MATERIALS until such time as the library is able to re-open and begin accepting returns again.

What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?
The Library is closed so you cannot pick up any holds, even if you received a notice telling you that there is a hold waiting for you.  Please disregard the pick-up by date listed in your account. We will reserve any items that are on hold for you, and extend the pick-up date once we are open again.

Why can’t I place new holds through the catalog?
Staff are unable to process holds on items in our library while we are closed, so to avoid a backlog, we are temporarily disabling holds on physical items. However, you can still access and place holds on e-books and e-audiobooks.

I am having trouble logging into My Account, what do I do?
If you are having any trouble logging into your account or have forgotten your account password,  email us at
[email protected] or send us a direct message via our Facebook or Instagram account. One of our staff will reach out to you as soon as possible to help resolve the issue.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All accounts nearing their expiration dates in March or April have been renewed until May 1of this year.

I am having trouble accessing your digital resources.  Is there anyone that can help me?
If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources, please email us at
[email protected] or send us a direct message via our Facebook or Instagram account. One of our staff will reach out to you as soon as possible to help resolve the issue.

What You Can Do

Keep Yourself and Your Community Healthy

  •  Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  •  Discard used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60–90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor. Avoid any unnecessary interactions.
  • Up-to-Date Health Alerts & Information

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019

Look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some of the most comprehensive information available regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

State of Connecticut- Coronavirus



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