We’re Opening!!

It’s true! Topsham Public Library is ready to open the building to the public! Here are the details!

Beginning Monday, July 6, we will open Mondays through Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm and closed on Sundays. (Please note that we will be closed on July 3 and 4.)

A mask is required to enter and you will be expected to keep the mask on while in the library. Upon entering, there will be a hand sanitizing station which you will need to use.

There will be a limit of 20 people allowed in the library at one time. In addition to limiting the number of people in the library, there will be a 30 minute limit for those in the library.

Tape on floor marking social distancing space.

Social distancing is required and you will notice tape on the floor to help all of  us to remember to do that. Loitering and congregating will not be allowed.

The study rooms are off limits. The couches and chairs will not be available. The toys in the children’s area and the children’s computers have been removed and are not available. Board books will not be circulated.

The checkout process will be a little different as well. To maintain social distancing during the checkout process, tables have been set up in front of the circulation desk. On the desk will be a scanner. You will scan your library card and your items. There will be an aide behind the desk to ensure everything scans and runs smoothly. Return dates will remain as normal: 3 weeks from time of checkout.

We do not have a firm date, yet, as to when Interlibrary Loan service will recommence, but the rumor mill says it may happen soon.

The reciprocal borrowing program has been suspended until further notice. If you are a Topsham resident you may receive a Topsham Library card at no charge. If you are a non-resident of Topsham you may apply for a Topsham Library card with a cost of $65 for the year. For more information and to apply for a card, whether you are a Topsham resident or not, click here.

Due to quarantining protocols, we will continue to only take returns on Saturdays and Sundays through the outside drop boxes.

And just a reminder: children under 11 years old will not be admitted without an adult.

We’ve cleaned. We’ve organized. We’ve planned. We’re ready. Again, please be patient as this is the first time we’ve dealt with a pandemic. There will be kinks along the way, but we will iron them out.

We hope to see you soon!!