Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reopening Update from The Minor Memorial Library


The library is now open to the public by appointment for browsing and checkout only. 

Curbside pick up is available and encouraged.

Appointments are 20 minutes on the hour and half-hour. Two households per time slot.

Walk-ins may be available but are not guaranteed. Appointments may be made up to two weeks in advance.

The Library Gallery is open during usual Library Hours. An appointment is not required to view the art show.

 Library hours are Monday 12-7, Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 12-5, Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2.

The book drop is available 24/7 for returns.

Masks or face-coverings are required. We understand that there may be medical or other conditions that prevent a patron from being able to wear a mask – in this case we have contact-free pickup available to all patrons or private access to the library can be arranged by appointment.  The Library’s policy to provide service this way helps to protect the public, the employees and particularly those who may be more vulnerable.

We are always happy to see our patrons, but at this time, there will be a limited number of patrons allowed in the building at one time. Please plan for a short visit. We are asking that you limit your visit to 30 minutes and that groups limit themselves to two people (including children).

All visitors over the age of two are required to wear a face covering. If unable to wear a face cover, contact-free pickup is still available to all patrons or access to the library can be arranged by appointment.

You may use the copier or send a fax using our self-service machine. If you need staff assistance, they will assist you from a distance of at least 6 feet. We request that you bring exact change with you.

Please be aware that throughout the day, the staff will be cleaning high touch surfaces frequently.

During this gradual reopening, the following services will be unavailable:

  • Lounge seating and study tables
  • Public bathrooms and water fountains
  • Private study carrels
  • Newspapers or magazines
  • All meetings and visitations


One public computer will be available for use.

All dates and restrictions are subject to change and are based on the State of Connecticut’s reopening plan and the latest guidance from the State.

We encourage our patrons to use the library’s large collection of digital materials, such as:

All are available on and free with your library card.

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.

Information from Local, State, and National Agencies

Newtown Health District

State of Connecticut

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

News and Reference Articles