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As most of our patrons know, we have been open to the public for the past several weeks now, and it has been great to welcome our patrons inside the building once more.

Please be advised, however, that there are still some limitations and likely will be for some time. We ask that our patrons be understanding of some of the new demands placed upon us.

We do have to limit the number of people in the building at any one time. So far this has not been too much of a problem. We do allow for up to 15 patrons in the upstairs section of the building at any one time. Masks must be worn. Recent studies indicate that bandanas and face shields do not provide adequate protection, so we do require actual face masks.

To accommodate all of our public, patrons are required limit their visits to no more than 45 minutes. This policy also diminishes the risk of contagion since duration of exposure has been shown to be a key factor in contracting COVID-19.

Our patrons are encouraged to sign in on our visitors’ log. In the event that tracing of our visitors became necessary, having a record of who was in the building on a given date would facilitate tracing.

Appointments are necessary for computer use. Appointments are made from the top of the hour and are for a 45 minute period from that starting point. Sessions cannot be renewed.

The Children’s Room, is accessible by appointment and visits are limited to 45 minutes. Masks are required for ages 2 and up.

We value your patronage and are delighted to be able to serve our patrons face-to-face again.

For patrons who do not feel comfortable coming in to the building at this time, however, the curbside service option will continue for the foreseeable future. Call us at 229-7791 to learn more about this option.


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A Message To Our Community From The Board of Trustees of the Hyde Park Free Library

We the Board of Trustees of the Hyde Park Free Library, a public library, state our support for the current social movement of Black Lives Matter, social movement for equality. At this historic time, we profess unambiguously our belief in equality and justice for all our neighbors.

The library is a place to equalize access to resources which include information, computer access, and a safe place to learn and join with others.

Our mission (adapted in 2009) is “to provide equal and open access to books and other materials, information, and related public library services to support the diverse educational, recreational, and cultural goals of community members of all ages”. All are welcome and no one will be denied access to assistance or other resources.

We all thrive and are free only if each person thrives and is free. Our library, including its building, was a gift from the Roosevelts to the town of Hyde Park. Treating all people equally and encouraging each person to grow and thrive in our democracy, which necessitates shared information and knowledge, is key to the Roosevelt’s dedication to our country and our world. Come and learn more about FDR’s Four Freedoms and ER’s (Eleanor Roosevelt) Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The time is now to stand with our fellow neighbors and to promote respect, equal rights, and equal justice for all. Let us learn from each other and move forward together.

Lynn Ruggiero
Hyde Park Free Library Board of Trustees


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Hyde Park Free Library Book Clubs

General Book Club Reading List 2020

Mystery Book Club Reading List 2020

Check our calendar for the most up-to-date meeting dates & times. To inquire about or join either the General or the Mystery Book Club call us at 229-7791 Ext. 205!