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May 24, 2021 12:35 AM

Library Reopens June 1, and Overdue Fines have been Eliminated!

Given Governor Baker’s recent announcement that most Covid-related restrictions in Massachusetts will be lifted on May 29 instead of August 1 as previously planned, we are pleased to announce the following revised reopening guidelines for the Library. The Library will reopen to the public beginning on Tuesday June 1, from Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm with no capacity or time limit restrictions. We will return to a normal operating schedule and resume evening hours on Monday June 14. In-person library programs and public meetings will resume on Tuesday September 7, and our summer programs will continue virtually online as planned.

While we transition to our regular service and hours, we ask all our patrons to follow these recommended guidelines while visiting the Library:

· Wear a mask indoors
· Limit the amount of time spent in the building
· Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently
· Use self-service holds and self-checkout

We’re also very pleased to announce that the Library’s Board of Trustees has voted to eliminate the charging of overdue fines on library materials! For the past few years, as more and more libraries across the nation have been going fine-free, the benefits of being a library “Free to All” has become apparent through the increased accessibility to library materials and collections created by the removal of these economic barriers that disproportionately affected those least able to afford them. The Hingham Public Library now joins with a growing number of libraries, locally and notably including the Boston Public Library, that are now free from late or overdue charges, although patrons will still be responsible for paying a replacement fee for a lost or damaged book.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Library, and we appreciate your patience and support through these very challenging times!

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