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We are glad to be open to the public, but we need to be more cautious as the COVID-19 figures rise.  If your visit to the Library is "just to pick up a book on Hold,"                                  
Call 860-644-1541 if you are picking up materials from the Adult Department and 860-644-5404 if you are picking up materials from the Children's Library.  We will explain where to pick up  your items when you call.  Our book drops remain open for all returns.
Along with other Town offices, the Library will be
CLOSED THURSDAY - SUNDAY, November 26 - 29,
in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Overdue fines are not charged on days the Library is closed, and deadlines for picking up Holds are automatically adjusted.  Book drops remain open for returning items.

Upcoming Programs for Adults ages 18 and up!
Pick of the Crop – We’ll be interviewing guests on Monday November 9 through Thursday November 12 on Facebook at 11am each day. Each interview will end with a harvest recipe chosen from various sources. On Friday November 13 (also at 11am on Facebook) we’ll demonstrate how to use our Catalog to Pick from the latest Crop of our new books. No registration is necessary. If you can’t watch at 11, visit our Facebook page at, any time after that.
Comedy Film Series – Tuesday November 10 at 7:30pm via ZOOM. Please watch the movie Radioland Murders on our HOOPLA app before the meeting (you must have a South Windsor Library card or your library must offer HOOPLA to watch the movie). Join us on the 10th for our movie discussion. You must register by calling 860-644-1541 or emailing We must have your email address to send you the ZOOM invitation.
The Moonlight Knitters Club – Wednesday November 18 at 7pm via ZOOM. We’re still knitting! If you are too, please join us. Knitters, crocheters and spinners of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Please call 860-644-1541 or email to register with your email address so we can send you the ZOOM invitation.
The Happy Cookers – Thursday November 19 at 6:30pm via ZOOM. Please make your ‘comfort food’ or one of them. Send your recipe to Sandy at and she will share them with the group and add it to our recipe folder. Please register by emailing Sandy or calling 860-644-1541 as we’ll need your email address to send you the ZOOM invitation.
Tellebration! – Saturday November 21 at 8:00pm via ZOOM. This ever popular program of stories for adults will feature story tellers Carol Birch and Jennifer Munro. Please call 860-644-1541 or email RefSWPL to register for this program. We need your email address to send you the ZOOM invitation.
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South Windsor residents can register online as a patron of our library and get temporary access to request materials and access some online sources.  If you do not visit South Windsor Public LIbrary to complete the registration process within 3 months, this account will be deleted.  Please bring proof of residency, such as photo ID, utility bill, or other official mail to the Library and we will then provide you with your physical Library card.
                              TUESDAY and THURSDAY 9 A.M. - 7 P.M.

Using the Library will be different during the continuing pandemic restrictions:
     *  Staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks at all timesPlease be aware that the Library is a Town building and State fines for failure to wear a mask properly while in the building apply. Gloves will be in use for certain tasks.  Masks and gloves will be available for library patrons who arrive without them.
     *  If you are unable to wear a mask while using the library, we will offer to bring your materials outside while you wait on one of our benches.
     *  The total number of people in the building at one time will be limited to half of the building's capacity.
     *  If there are problems maintaining the attendance capacity, we may need to limit the amount of time a patron can stay.
     *  A variety of services will be altered to allow them to be low- or no-contact activities. We ask that you always bring your library card with you so we can read the barcode through the clear shields at the desk.  All returns must be made via the outside book drops or in specially-marked bins just inside the entrances.  Items that are returned will be quarantined for at least three days before being reshelved for next use. if you receive an overdue notice for items you have returned, please call us or wait for a few days and check your account again. Items will be removed from your record when the quarantine period has passed; the materials will be checked in as of the day you actually returned them.
     *  Public computers have been moved around the building to allow for social distancing. Assistance with computer use will often be "remote," with the reference librarian "sharing" your screen and helping you via a "chat" feature.
     *  Use of copiers, scanners, and fax machine may be limited or available only with staff assistance.
     *  Study Rooms will not be booked for group use. Some special individual use may be available.
     *  A limited number of chairs will be available, since long visits will be discouraged.
     *  We will not be able to sponsor any group events that could create problems with social distancing, including concerts and in-person children's activities. A variety of programs will be offered online, and some "take and make" activity kits will be provided.
     *  Meeting rooms will not be available for use by community groups. Exhibits will be rescheduled.
     *  Curbside service will continue to be offered for those not yet comfortable entering the building.

A number of other critical details involved in keeping our environment safe are still being planned.  We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have specific questions about reopening plans, please call Mary Etter at 860-644-1541.

The Library will continue to offer curbside service even while open to the public.
We realize that not everyone will feel comfortable entering a public facility, and not everyone will be able to wear a mask, as required for those who enter.  You may continue to make appointments for curbside service and may also call to make arrangements from the areas outside the building if you arrive and decide not to come in.

Please "Place Holds" on our Library materials* online via our website.  If your request is more general or you'd rather not use the online system, call us at (860) 644-1541 for adult materials or (860) 644-5404 for children's materials.  We're here to help Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m- 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. *Because the State's interlibrary loan system is temporarily suspended, you may request items from our collection only.

When your items are ready, you'll receive an e-mail or phone call asking you to make an appointment to pick them up, already charged to your library card and packaged for privacy.  Please be sure to note if your appointment is scheduled at the UPPER or LOWER  Library entrance. 

Our book drops remain open for all returns.  We look forward to hearing from you!

  FRIENDS BOOK SALES have resumed - by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call Cathy at 860-944-4564 to make an 30 minute appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday from 9:30am to 3:00pm. However, NO BOOK DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please DO NOT leave book donations at our entrances, as THEY WILL BE DISCARDED TO AVOID THE RISK OF SPREADING THE CORONAVIRUS. We have plenty of books for sale right now, so call for your exclusive, private shopping experience!

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