Grafton Public Library

Lobby Opens for Returns and Pickup Monday October 4

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The Grafton Public Library will open the Lobby at the accessible entrance off Upton Street for materials return and pickup of reserved materials beginning Monday October 4, 2021. Patrons will be notified by email that their materials are ready and will have one week from notification date to pick materials up during regular operating hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm.

Get a preview of how to return items through the Automated Materials Handler (AMH) at before you visit! Note the AMH works the same way from outside the building or inside the lobby. Please, no rubber bands or loose papers or non-library materials – they will jam the machine. If an item won’t fit, return it during operating hours.

The Library anticipates opening fully to the public for browsing by Wednesday October 13, 2021, pending signed Certificate of Occupancy. This means lobby access ONLY, Oct 4-9–no public access, no tours, no restrooms, and no access to the rest of the building. We will be CLOSED for Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday October 11.

Per Town of Grafton, a mask that covers your nose and mouth is required to enter all Municipal Buildings, including the Library, regardless of vaccination status, for ages 2 and up. We can make a reasonable accommodation of curbside or home delivery for visitors unable to comply.

We may not have access to the following until later this autumn:

  •  Meeting rooms, as they are filled with materials still awaiting shelving;
  • Public access computers, printing, or faxing;
  • Patio furniture and other items still in the procurement process;
  • Final landscaping, as it was scheduled for completion at a later date this fall;
  • Entrance to South Street and Grafton Common, due to ongoing landscaping work.

Due to many delays with fabrication, shipping and staffing beyond our control, our new library, like several others under construction, is still waiting for shelving and furniture, adjustments to the HVAC and lighting systems, turnover of the security system, ADA compliance for sinks and some counters, and other items not vital to re-opening. We appreciate your patience and good humor. Once the punch list is completed, we will schedule a ribbon cutting and dedication and celebrate!

Due to COVID-19, Children’s programming will remain outdoors in October and shift to a larger room to allow for social distancing. We will keep our collection of on-site toys, puzzles, games, and coloring sheets in time-out to discourage congregating by unvaccinated youth.

With the exception of scheduled Small Stones Festival of the Arts events, and Town Board and Committee meetings and hearings, we are not scheduling in meeting room use or in-person-programming in October, and scheduled events will be cancelled if for some reason we do not receive the Certificate of Occupancy. Please review our Event Calendar for up-to-date information.

We anticipate booking after-hours use of Community Room A/B in November, pending installation of some kind of security gate for the stairwell, a key to lock the elevator and keycard system for entry. Please see our Meeting Room Use and Facilities Rental Policy before requesting a space, beginning November 1, 2021.

This project is partially funded by a state grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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