1. When was the renovation completed? What all has changed?
We reopened at the end of September 2019 after adding 12,000 square feet and renovating all of the existing space. We now have a much bigger meeting space, 2 conference rooms, and 5 private study rooms, which we hope to make available again once it is safe to gather and be in enclosed spaces.
Available 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday
In-person visiting and browsing:
These are subject to change, depending on what’s happening with health regulations, so please check our website for the latest information: https://www.bcslibrary.org/the-library-and-covid-19
3. Can I renew my library card remotely?
We understand that some patrons may not be able to safely visit the library at this time. Because we cannot verify identification over the phone or over email, we can renew a month out at a time if patrons stay in touch with us. We are committed to ensuring that our patrons do not lose access to library services during this time. To send us an email, please visit this page: https://www.bcslibrary.org/contact/
4. Can I get a new library card?
We have a new virtual ecard program available for people who want to try out our digital services before coming in to get a physical card. Patrons who do not already have a physical card may sign up here: https://www.bcslibrary.org/ecard/
The virtual ecard may be used to access any of our digital services. To check out physical books or place holds on physical materials, library users will need to visit a library and convert their virtual card into a physical one.
The virtual ecard is good for 3 months, at which point it will need to be converted into a physical card to continue using library services.
5. How does curbside work?
From 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, we offer contactless curbside services so patrons can pick up their holds. Once you have been notified that your holds are available for pickup, come to the library and give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask for your name and library card number, and then we can check your items out to you. Then we bring the items to a table we have set up by the front entrance, where we will drop them off and you can come pick them up. We are trying to keep this as contactless as possible for people who are unable to safely visit the inside of the building.
6. What happens to items after they are turned in?
All items being returned right now will need to be placed in our outdoor book drop – which conveniently has a drive through! Once items are placed there, we quarantine everything that comes in for a full 72 hours, per current safety guidelines. Then we check things in and re-shelve them. If you notice that the item you turned in two days ago is still on your account, have no fear, it is under quarantine so we can keep everyone safe.