Renovation work will keep Lenox Library closed until Oct. 1

The Lenox Library has reopened for browsing.

LENOX — For the first time since mid-March, the town library is open for browsing and checkout of materials, but under strict COVID-related guidelines.

The hours are Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to an announcement posted on the library’s website. Visits are limited to one hour to comply with state guidelines for capacity and social distancing. The visitors’ entrance is at the Welles Gallery doors, rather than the main entrance. The exit is through the ramp side door.

Also in line with mandatory state standards, patrons are required to wear masks, the announcement stated. For those unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition or disability, the staff will pick up items from the library’s “held desk.”

Hours for pickup of materials ordered online or both phone are weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Welles Gallery entrance.

When possible, visits should be held to one person at a time per family. The children’s area is limited to eight youngsters at a time, and appointments are highly recommended by calling 413-637-0197 (ext. 105).

Six feet of separation will be required between patrons as well as library staff. Some areas remain closed to the public, but staff members can retrieve materials as needed.

Two spaced-out public computers are available for 45-minute sessions, with wipes available for the computers and the copier between uses.

However, bathrooms, meeting rooms and seating areas remain off limits.

The library is following hygiene and cleaning protocols, with hand sanitizers available for patrons entering the library, as well as at public desks. Visitors are asked to “browse with their eyes as much as possible to limit touching of library materials,” the announcement stated.

Library users are urged to return items to the outside book drop, where all materials are “quarantined” for 72 hours before check-in.

Additional information: 413-551-2769 or email