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.
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