Thursday, April 18, 2024

Williamsburg Regional Library reopens book drops

The Williamsburg Regional Library is collecting checked out library books during the coronavirus. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the WRL)
The Williamsburg Regional Library is collecting checked out library books during the coronavirus. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the WRL)

For people who checked out library books before the coronavirus can now drop them off at the Williamsburg Regional Library book drops starting this week.

While the library has extended due dates and waived fines during the closure since March 13, residents have the option to return their checked-out books to the library.

“This is the first step to a gradual reopening,” Betsy Fowler, library director, said in a prepared statement. “We need to get the materials back to flag the reserves people are waiting for. The funny part is that the library doesn’t have room for all of the books and items since there are always a large percentile checked out, so we are going to be squeezing them in everywhere like Lucy and Ethel working on the chocolate factory assembly line!”

Almost 40,000 physical materials are checked out in the community and books can be dropped off at the drop off boxes before 5 p.m. during the weekdays, according to the library’s news release.

Once the books are received, they are quarantined for 72 hours before being reintroduced into the library’s circulation and those wishing to donate items are urged to wait until the buildings reopen for processing.

Drop off books at the Williamsburg Regional Library buildings and parking lots Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The community book drops at Monticello Marketplace, James City County Recreation Center and the Government complex on Mounts Bay Road are currently closed.

For more information, visit the library’s website.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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