Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

COVID Chronology

Chronology of Events during COVID Closure and Re-opening

6/11/2021: Face coverings are encouraged (by vote of the Library Board of Trustees).

5/24/2021: Weekday morning hours expanded.  New hours are: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Returned materials quarantine discontinued.

5/10/2021: Weekday hours expanded.  New hours are: Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

4/25/2021: Returned materials quarantine period reduced to 24 hours.

8/12/2020: The Library building reopened to the public for computer appointments and browsing.  Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Monday-Thursday 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Contactless pickup still available.  Events held virtually and outdoors.

6/22/2020: Contactless pickup also available at the lower level (Children’s Room).

6/10/2020: Contactless pickup hours expanded to include Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

5/11/2020: Library-to-Go Contactless pickup introduced.  Available Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

5/4/2020: Returned materials accepted in the outdoor bookdrop Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

3/23/2020-early May 2020: The Library goes virtual.  Library staff provided the following services while working from home and planning for reopening:
-Answered questions and provided assistance by phone and email
-Provided virtual events for all ages, such as a Reading Challenge, tech help, and online book discussions
-Increased access to ebooks, eaudiobooks, and online resources
- Created video content including storytime songs, Kamishibai, database tutorials, and more
-Kept in touch with the community through a weekly email newsletter, increased social media content, and blog entries
-Helped patrons find good books to read and created ways for patrons to browse the collection virtually

3/21/2020: Last day to pick up held items.

3/17/2020: Library building closed to the public until further notice.

3/13/2020: All library events cancelled until April 13.