COVID-19 Information & Library Status

Status of the Library, Updated Monday, March 22nd

NEW: Effective Monday, March 22nd, the library will be open at 50% capacity.

Total time in the library has been expanded to one hour, though the Children’s Room remains at 30 minutes. Use your hour to browse, study, use the computer or a combination of all three. Unfortunately, the study rooms and group study spaces are still not available.

Curbside continues to be available as well. Masks are required as usual, and these guidelines are in accordance with the Chelmsford Board of Health.

Library Express

In Phase 3, the building is open for limited browsing, and masks are required for all staff and patrons. You are encouraged to come in, find what you’d like, and then take it home. To make space in the building for other patrons, we are asking everyone to limit their time in the library to one hour. There are no study rooms or public seating available  (except for computer use)  and capacity limits are in place for all areas of the building.

What’s Available What’s Not Available
  • Curbside pickup
  • Online resources and virtual programs
  • Returning library materials
  • Self check-out
  • Public computers (one hour limit)
  • Printers, scanners, copiers, fax machine
  • Restrooms
  • Reference help and book suggestions
  • Grab & Go Book Bundles service
  • WiFi in the building and parking lot
  • Laptop loans at the library
  • Museum passes (limited)
  • Inter-library loan
  • Now Available! Tablet and hotspot loans to take home
  • Meeting rooms
  • Study rooms
  • Children’s toys
  • Newspapers
  • In-library jigsaw puzzle
  • Donating items to the book sale
  • Any services at the MacKay Branch
Computer Use

A limited number of computers are available for one hour sessions. We also have laptops for use in the parking lot and tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots that can be checked out.

Occupancy Capacity

Capacity limits are posted in each area, and at times we may reach the capacity limit. At those times, your patience and understanding will be especially valued as we may need to institute a waiting line outside that area. Please be mindful of other patrons as you browse, both to maintain physical distance and to move on when you’re finished to allow other patrons access to library materials.

Keeping Each Other Safe

Wearing a mask is required to enter the library. Our staff all wear masks to protect you and we ask that you do the same. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, this applies to all people over the age of two. For everyone’s safety, please bring and properly wear a mask the entire time you’re in the library. Curbside pickup and staff assistance (for selecting titles and services like faxing and printing) are available for anyone who chooses not to enter the building.

Keeping the building clean and safe is our top priority! During your visit, you’ll notice plastic barriers at the service desks, markers on the floor for waiting in line, and a reconfigured furniture layout. All seating has been removed, and tables are being used as displays to spread out our materials and allow more space for browsing. All returned materials are quarantined prior to becoming available to patrons. The Children’s Room has one door to enter and a different door for exiting. You’ll also see our maintenance staff routinely disinfecting high-touch areas and restrooms. Hand sanitizer is available at all service desks, self-check computers, copiers, printers, and other areas. Please use these as you touch materials in the building.

All of our decision-making is guided by information from the Board of Library Commissioners, the MA Library System, the Board of Health and state and local recommendations. If the COVID-19 situation worsens, we may need to revert to a prior Phase’s guidelines.


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COVID-19 Resources on the Internet

  • CDC – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s landing page for the national response to COVID-19.
  • Town of Chelmsford Vaccine Updates
  • Coronavirus.gov – US government website compiling information about COVID-19 advice for the public, and the government’s response.
  • MA Government – The Massachusetts state government’s page detailing the state’s COVID-19 response and resources.
  • National Institutes of Health – For information about coronavirus’s health effects.
  • Congress – Congress.gov gives you access to the full text of bills considered and passed by the US Congress, including current legislation such as the CARES Act.
  • COVID-19 PSA: Chelmsford Community Services – Jen Melanson, Chelmsford’s Community Services Coordinator, with info for Chelmsford residents who may need help with food assistance, mental health resources, or other social services, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to Jen at 978 770-7687 or at jmelanson@chelmsfordma.gov
  • The Q – A new Chelmsford Telemedia talk show from Lisa Marrone along with three colleagues. It’s all about Questions related to the Quarantine.