North Shore libraries are shutting their doors temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement has come after multiple levels of government, including New York State and the White House declared state of emergencies Thursday and Friday, respectively. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has called for a shutdown of all public gathering of 500 people or more.
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Setauket’s Emma S. Clark Memorial Library announced March 13 that the building will be closed from Saturday, March 14, through at least Sunday, March 22.
The library will be evaluating the coronavirus situation to decide what will happen after March 22.
Patrons won’t accrue a late fee if items are due. The library asked that residents not bring materials to the book drop or leave them outside the building during this time.
On March 13, the Smithtown Library also notified patrons on its website and social media that all buildings would be closed until further noticed.
Book drops at all four library buildings will be closed until the library reopens. All fines accrued while its closed will be waived.
Port Jefferson Free Library
The Port Jefferson Free Library has closed its doors effective March 13 until further notice due to coronavirus concerns.
Patrons will not accrue any late fees on checked-out items while the library is closed.
Comsewogue Public Library
The Comsewogue Public Library is closed Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16. The library will open at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday for a board of trustees meeting that is open to the public. The discussion topics will be on Covid 19.
North Shore Public Library
The North Shore Public Library will be closed starting March 16 until further notice. The outside book drop is closed, and all patrons will not incur any late fees while the library is shut down.
Other online services are still available.