Oliver Wolcott Library
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OWL Re-Opening Update

There is no way back, only a new way forward!  On June 1, OWL began offering contact-less, same-day Curbside Pickup. We will continue to offer this service.  We anticipate that on Wednesday July 15, we will begin our next phase (Stage 2) in the progression of our re-opening plans.

The procedures that the Oliver Wolcott Library has adopted in adherence with to the guidelines and requirements set forth in the Governor's Re-Opening Connecticut, Sector Rules, dated June 6, 2020.

As noted in the requirements,  the most important consideration will be the health and safety of employees and patrons.

Beginning July 15, Stage 2 will allow

  • a  maximum of 12 patrons inside the library at one time to browse and select materials.  Patrons who visit the library are required to bring and wear their own mask or cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition.  
  • a  limited number of unrelated patrons using the Children's Room at one time
  • access to two public computers, by appointment only.

The Library will continue to offer:

  • Curbside Pick-up, Personal Book Browser, Virtual Book a Librarian, and host of self-directed and Virtual Events will continue to be offered

In order to follow social distancing and cleaning requirements, we must significantly limit the number of people inside the library at one time and the length of visits. There may be times when you have to wait to enter the Library or to access the Children's Room.  If you want to avoid waiting, please continue to use our Curbside PickUp.

For complete details, and up-to-date information about OWL and Re-Opening Progression Plans, please subscribe to our e-newsletter, visit our website, and follow us on social media.

Please note that at Stage 2, patrons may visit but cannot “stay” at the library.   We are unable at this time to allow patrons to sit, read, study, work, or engage in any activity that prolongs visits or utilizes shared furniture/spaces.

Safety: The safety of our community is paramount. The library has adopted a number of safety procedures and purchased supplies to safeguard our staff and patrons.   Those include canceling our annual Festival of Trees, prohibiting group gatherings, installing safety shields at the circulation desk, establishing cleaning protocols, quarantining of returned materials, requiring masks and gloves for staff, and much more.



Curbside Pick-Up begins Monday, June 1

Beginning, Monday June 1, the Oliver Wolcott Library will offer curbside pick-up five days a week!

We are excited to start our Curbside Delivery!! Here is how it works!

You can place a request for materials three ways:

1. Request them directly through the catalog. Access to the catalog is available on our website

2. Call us at 860-567-8030. If a staff member is unavailable, please leave your name, a call back number, and that you want curbside pick-up. A staff member will return your call to begin processing your order.

3. Email us at [email protected] When emailing us, please be sure to give us your full name (first and last), and provide us with a list of all the items you would like to check out. A staff member will respond to your email to begin processing your order

• Contact-less Curbside Pick-Up
• Accept orders by phone and email
• Orders will be placed under a tent, located by the back parking lot door for easy pick-up

Hours for pick-up will be:

• Mondays 10 AM to 4 PM
• Tuesdays 10 AM to 8 PM
• Wednesdays 10 AM to 4 PM
• Thursdays 10 AM to 4 PM
• Saturdays 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM


OWL Book Drop- Now Open!

The Book Drop located on the north side of the Oliver Wolcott Library is now open! Starting today, you may deposit any of your returns in the book drop. Please note that the items may not be removed from your account for 1 to 2 weeks as we work to quarantine and/or disinfect all returned items. OWL never charges fines, and you don't have to worry about any penalties from any library in the state.

The drop box located outside Bantam Market is closed but we hope to open it soon.

We do ask that you please only return items that are owned by the Oliver Wolcott Library. Materials owned by other libraries should not be returned to us at this time as the statewide delivery system is still in the process of re-opening all of its routes.

Thank you to everyone for your support, understanding and flexibility during this challenging time!
Stay tuned for more updates and more virtual events planned for June and throughout the summer!



The Library’s regular hours are:


12 - 5 p.m.
10 - 9 p.m.
10 - 9 p.m.
10 - 9 p.m.
10 - 5 p.m.
10 - 2 p.m.
11 - 3 p.m.

Holiday Closings

New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day

2020  Special Closings and Limited Services

June 14 - Litchfield Hills Road Race
November 24- Early Closing- Library will close at 5pm 

November 25 - December 30 - Library closed for Thanksgiving and Festival Fundraising Event
December 12th- Limited Services- Family Fun Day at the Library. Limited library services including no computer access or quiet space. (Wifi will be available).

Inclement Weather:

When the library is open, we answer our phones. If there is inclement weather and you are calling during normal business hours and we do not answer our phone, then we are closed due to the weather conditions. We always notify WZBG 97.3 FM if there are any changes in our hours due to inclement weather. 

Note: When the Litchfield Public schools close or have an unplanned early dismissal, any children's programs scheduled for the day will be canceled.

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160 South Street, P.O. Box 187 Litchfield, Connecticut 06759 | Ph: 860-567-8030 | Fx: 860-567-4784

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