MERIDEN – More than six months after closing under pandemic restrictions, the city’s public library announced Thursday that it will reopen to the public for limited services beginning next week.
The library, at 105 Miller St., will open Wednesday and will only have daytime hours to start, according to an announcement by the city.
“The Meriden Public Library will still be offering curbside pickup and curbside printing services, but are adding 45-minute computer sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, only,” the announcement stated.
Reservations, which are required for computer sessions, can be made from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., “with five appointments per designated hour to allow for proper sanitization between sessions.”
“The Meriden Public Library staff and myself are eager to welcome back our members,” said Library Director Clevell S. Roseboro II, who came to Meriden in June after heading Willington’s public library.
“We want our community to know that we will be following strict guidelines to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Initially, there will be limited service access, but we hope to re-open additional services as safely and as quickly as possible,” Roseboro said.
Visitors will have their temperature taken and be asked to answer a series of health screening questions upon arrival.
Libraries were allowed to reopen under the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, which began in June. The state allowed libraries to reopen at 50 percent capacity, however, some chose to remain close or reopen in a more limited fashion. Under the state’s third reopening phase, set to begin Oct. 8, the maximum capacity for libraries will be upped to 75 percent.