Libraries close due to coronavirus spread


East Islip Library announced its closure Monday at 5 p.m. and, like the other libraries, will be closed indefinitely in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“The library fully appreciates the disruption and disappointment this will cause our patrons, but finds that it is most important to preserve the safety of our community during this state of emergency,” a release from East Islip Library reads.

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library announced its indefinite closure on Friday, and West Islip Public Library closed its doors on Monday. All three libraries explicitly pointed out that all overdue fines are being waived or suspended.

West Islip Public Library’s closure on Monday was announced on their Facebook page on Saturday.

“In order to help ensure the health and safety of our patrons and staff, the West Islip Public Library will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until further notice,” the post reads, continuing on to invite patrons to visit the library’s website for more information as well as its offered online resources.

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library announced its closure on Friday until further notice.

“We made this decision in order to support the overall health and wellness of our community and for the safety for our patrons and staff,” its March 13 notice reads. “It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but the responsible thing to do — and the best way to serve our patrons right now — is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. While we have been proud to stay open to serve the public amid storms and other emergencies, the best way that we can serve our patrons now is to help contain the virus, especially as our patrons include many seniors and others at high risk.”

The library expressed that due dates are extended and are putting emphasis on their expansion of e-books and other online resources during the indefinite closure.

“The library will be sanitized before it reopens,” the notice continues.


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