A message from Lynnfield Public Library Director Jennifer Inglis: March 16, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the Lynnfield Public Library is currently closed until further notice. However, we have a vast array of online resources for you on our website, www.lynnfieldlibrary.org, and we will be highlighting these services on our various social media platforms. At this time, the Library is not staffed, but we have taken additional steps to augment existing services for the public.
- If you do not currently have a library card, but want access to our online resources, we will temporarily waive the in-person requirement to show ID and proof of residency. If you live in Lynnfield and do not already have a NOBLE library card, you may email us at email@example.com with the following information: full name, street address, telephone number, email address, and birthdate. We will then issue you a temporary library card number and PIN, which will allow you to access our online services that require a card. You may also leave a message at (781) 334-5411 with the same information. This card will expire in three months. Transferring this temporary card to a permanent card will simply require you to come to the Library with ID and proof of address. Please note that this is a temporary deviation from our ordinary procedures. Also note that we will only be responding to these requests several times a week.
- To assist with the rising demand on our online resources, we have temporarily increased the number of items you may borrow from hoopla from 6 items per month to 10. This resets on the first of the month. hoopla is a terrific service where you can borrow digital music, movies, television shows, ebooks, and audiobooks. This collection of over 500,000 includes many for children.
- We have increased our number of items available in our Overdrive Advantage account, which means that users with a Lynnfield Public Library card get first access to select titles. This is not a new service for us, but we have temporarily added additional titles to both meet demands for holds and popular titles, and to increase the number of audiobooks and ebooks available for kids. These titles are available in the Libby or Overdrive applications. You can also borrow magazines through RB Digital at any time.
- While our physical collections are unavailable, we are taking the worry out of what happens with your Library account while we’re closed to the public. We are extending due dates for all materials and will continue to do so until this situation is resolved. Any holds that are currently in the building will be available for pick-up for a week after we open to the public again. We ask you to keep any library materials you have at home so that the outdoor book returns are not overloaded.
Hopefully this closure won’t be prolonged, and we hope that you and your family remain healthy. Visit us online today, and we’ll see you in person in the near future. For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC, World Health Organization, and MA Department of Public Health. For local updates, visit the Town of Lynnfield’s website to see closures and other updates.
Jennifer Inglis, Library Director