Q – What is “browsing by appointment?”
A – Browsing by appointment allows our patrons to wander through the collection to find something to read, to watch or to listen to. You can also use Browsing by Appointment to pick up holds. Public computers and the Tutor Rooms are still unavailable for now.
Q – When is it?
A – For now, browsing hours are Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 pm.
Q – How does it work?
A – Go to our Browsing by Appointment page. Select a time convenient to you. Fill out the online form. Show up at the selected time. A clerk at the front door (for Adult/Teen sessions) or the Children’s Room entrance will make sure you are on the list and then let you in.
Q – What if I don’t have an appointment? Am I out of luck?
A – No. The appointment only guarantees admission at the time you selected. We allow walk-ins until we reach our occupancy limits. Our experience has been that there is usally space after the first session at 1pm.
Q – Once inside can I go anywhere in the Library?
A – No. If you have signed up to browse the Children’s Room, you may only go there. If you have made an appointment to browse the Adult and Teen sections, you may only go there. Although the two browsing sessions are at the same time, the main Library and the Children’s Room have different occupancy limits. You could make consecutive appointments for the different areas. The Technology Commons and Tutor Rooms are closed.
Q – Are there rules? I’m sure there are rules. What are they?
A – Don’t worry. We’ve got lots.
- One person per appointment.
- No one under age 11 in the main library.
- No unaccompanied children under age 11.
- You must wear your mask the entire time you are in the Library.
- One person or family group in the elevator at a time.
- Seating is only for the old or infirm who may need it to rest.
- Maintain social distance of 6 feet from staff and other patrons.
Q – I want to browse the Children’s Room, are there any special considerations?
A – Please make every effort to send only one person to browse and to select materials for your family. However, we understand this is not always possible. Before bringing young children with you to select materials, please consider whether the child is capable of social distancing. Unattended children under the age of 11 are not allowed in the Library at any time. And Children under the age of 11 will not be allowed in the main library, in an effort to protect our older and most vulnerable patrons.
Q – I want to browse the Children’s Room and then run down to get something for myself in the Adult session. Can I do that?
A – No, but if you have holds available, you can schedule a Curbside Pickup for the same time as your browsing appointment.
Q – I have children’s books on hold that are ready for pickup. Can I pick them up during my Children’s Room browsing session?
A – Generally no. If you have scheduled a concurrent curbside pickup, however, they will be waiting for you on a table in front of the Library.
Q – How long do I have to pick something out?
A – Visits are for half hour slots.
Q – I may need help finding something. Will someone be there to help me?
A – Yes. Reference and Children’s Librarians will be at their usual spots.
Q – Does this mean you are ending curbside pickup?
A – No. This is in addition to curbside pickup. If you wish to continue using curbside pickup, that is fine. If you wish to use your browsing appointment to pick up your holds inside the library, that is fine too. They will be in their usual spot.
Q – I have valid reasons for not wearing a mask. Can I still browse the Library?
A – No. Library staff will be happy to help you use Curbside pickup.
Q – I’m feeling just a little sick. I’m sure it’s nothing. Can I still come to the Library?
A – No. However, if you can’t come to the Library, the Library will come to you. Volunteers from the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will deliver things to you. Contact Head of Reference Liam Hegarty (email@example.com, 914-834-2281 x114) and he will get you set up.
Q – How do I know this is safe?
A – Nothing is certain in this world. Most items are quarantined for at least 72 hours before they are put on the shelf. Some items, magazines and DVD disks, for example, are quarantined for longer. Staff wears masks and gloves when handling them. We will give you a mask and gloves if you forget yours. Also, try not to fondle the books. We’ve placed as many of them as we can face out so you can browse without touching them.