Open for Walkthrough Service

The Richards Free Library will open for limited hours five days a week for Walkthrough Service beginning September 1!

We are pleased to announce the next stage of the library’s reopening.  We will be open limited hours five days a week for Walkthrough Service. Patrons may browse the collection, make a photocopy or use a computer.  Only 20 people will be allowed in the main library at one time. The Youth Services area is limited to one family at a time for 30 minutes. Families may schedule their visit by calling the library.
(Ms. Mo has more information below.)
In order to keep our staff and patrons safe, masks are required while in the building and we ask you keep your social distance as you move around the library. You will find hand sanitizer at the entrance and around the building.  

Just ring the doorbell on the right side of the door for admittance.

Library Hours:

Walkthrough ServiceCurbside Pickup
Monday2-5:30
Tuesday10-12, & 2-411:30-5:30
Wednesday10-1211:30-5:30
Thursday10-12, 2-4, & 5-7 11:30-5:30
Friday10-1211:30-5:30
Saturday10-1210-12

Curbside pick-up is still available. Patrons are encouraged to put their materials on hold using the online catalog or by contacting the library via phone (603-863-3430) or email (rfl@newport.lib.nh.us).  The staff is happy to help you navigate our catalog or Novelist.
Please return all materials in the outside book drop.  All items are being quarantined for 72 hours and then checked in and put on the shelf.

Visiting the Library With Children:

Starting Tuesday August 4th, families are invited back to the library to browse in the Children’s Area during our opening times! For everyone’s safety, only one family will be allowed in the Children’s area at a time, so we recommend that you call ahead to reserve a ½ hour time slot. As always, anyone under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult (18+). In order to reduce surfaces to clean, we’ve removed all the toys, games, puzzles, coloring supplies, and seating from the Children’s Area, so plan on swinging by to pick up books, rather than to hang out or play! Any books or other materials that your family touches but does not choose to take home can be placed on our red quarantine cart or the Book Elephant. Thank you so much for your cooperation and flexibility in helping us keep our space safe for everyone!

Our hours and services may change, so please be patient with us as we do our best to meet our community’s needs while upholding best practices for public health.

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