New Hours of Service (effective Monday, May 3rd)
YPL is expanding its hours and restoring some of it services at all three locations! Beginning Monday, May 3rd:
- Riverfront Library and Will Library will add eight new hours Monday-Friday.
- Crestwood Library will add hours and restore limited in-branch service (shelf browsing and reference help) for the first time since Thanksgiving. Contact Free Pickup service will remain available 10am-12pm, Monday-Saturday, with limited in-branch services in the afternoons, Monday-Saturday.
- Beginning Saturday, May 8th, all three locations will provide Saturday service every Saturday.
In recent weeks we’ve also restored some of our in-branch services:
- Limited seating has been returned to Will Library and Riverfront Library reading tables for study, research and laptop use.
- Limited public computer services have been restored to Will Library and Riverfront Library for a single 45 minute session. Express 15 minute printing and computer will be available at Crestwood starting May 3rd.
We are happy to make the library more accessible to Yonkers residents, but the safety of the staff and other patrons remains our top priority. While visiting the library, mask wearing and social distancing are still required. To ensure everyone has a safe and productive visit, we recommend that everyone reviews our Temporary Code of Conduct. More information about changes to library facilities and operations can be read below:
To help us maintain social distancing in our locations we will continue to maintain occupancy limits. They will be as follows:
- Crestwood Library: 10 (including small children)
- Riverfront Library: 60 (not including small children accompanied by an adult)
- Will Library: 50 (not including small children accompanied by an adult)
Patrons that visit the library when it has already reached capacity will be expected to wait (six feet apart) until other patrons exit the library to gain entry. Once inside the library, patrons that are not actively engaged in accessing library collections or services may be asked to leave the building so that others can enter.
As a result of these occupancy limits we strongly recommend that non-family groups of five or more – including camps, adult day services, and daycare providers – avoid making library visits, or check ahead before doing so.
When we first reopen, our main service will be to provide access to our collections. We are not yet ready to host events, study sessions, or computer access. Please help us keep staff and other patrons safe by observing the following rules:
- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This is in accordance with New York State Executive Order 202.17. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the library without one, and will be expected to wear it throughout the visit, regardless of their vaccination status.
- Staying home if you’re experiencing symptoms of any illness. Patrons exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including excessive coughing or sneezing, may be asked to leave the building to protect the health of others.
- Maintaining at least six feet of distance from staff and patrons whenever possible.
- Keeping your visits short. Although we are happy to see our patrons again, lengthy conversations can hold up circulation and increase risk of transmission. We are still available for reference and account help via email and telephone.
- Listening to the instructions of library and security staff.
A temporary code of conduct has been approved by YPL’s Board of Trustees. This code of conduct is temporary, and may be revised based on changing health and safety guidelines. Unless they are specifically modified or revoked in the temporary code of conduct, all other policies from the permanent Library Code of Conduct remain in effect.
We’ve made significant changes to our buildings to facilitate social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols. Please be advised that the libraries you return to may look different than they did before we closed.
- Most seats have been removed to facilitate social distancing. Chairs should not be moved from their designated tables.
- Water fountains have been turned off, per the recommendation of the New York State Department of Health.
- Use of study rooms and non-collection spaces are restricted to the public until further notice.
- Plexiglass screens have been installed at service points to protect staff and patrons.
- Restrooms have been repaired or upgraded for easier cleaning.
- YPL’s professional custodial staff deep cleaned our building prior to reopening and have instituted enhanced cleaning procedures, including use of COVID-19 disinfecting solutions.
We are changing the way we handle library materials to keep our staff and patrons safe. That means the way you browse, checkout and return materials will change too.
- All library materials should be returned in a blue “quarantine” bin. They should not be handed off to library staff. Library staff will wait a minimum of 24 hours before handling returned materials. If you check your online account returned materials may appear as being checked out for a few additional days.
- To account for quarantine periods we are waiving all late fees for up to seven days past the due date.
- Please also expect a longer wait time to process holds due to quarantine periods.
- Our checkout desks have been reconfigured to allow patrons to scan their library cards and the book barcodes. We encourage patrons to scan for themselves to limit staff handling of cards and books. If staff assistance is required it will be provided.
- Equipment loan programs are suspended until further notice.
- We encourage you to raise account-related questions or issues over the phone.
- We currently have limited access to public computers for adults. View our temporary public computer service plan.
- Patrons are limited to one 45-minute session per day.
- Printing will be free for up to 5 pages a day. Patrons should bring small bills or exact change if they wish to add funds to their library card print accounts.
- Guest passes will be eliminated until further notice. All patrons will be able to qualify for a “computer only” card without providing proof of residence.
- In-person library programs will not be offered immediately upon reopening. We will continue to offer virtual programs through ypl.org.
- Donations of books and other materials are suspended until further notice.
- Library book sales are suspended until further notice.
- Once it is considered safe to host programs and events we will, with an emphasis on health, social service, and economic and job development programs.