Hudson Library Update on COVID-19

UPDATE

The Hudson Library & Historical Society is pleased to announce new expanded hours. Beginning on Tuesday, June 1, the library building will be open: Monday – Thursday: 9am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

The library is open for readers advisory and reference assistance, browsing, computer services, as well as seating for four hours at study tables. Study rooms are also available for two hours a day. Please see the full list of available services below.

All dates and procedures relating to the library’s phased reopening process are subject to potential change based on directives from state and county health authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Important Safety Information While in the Building

  • The CDC continues to recommend that unvaccinated individuals wear masks in public settings. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask when visiting the library. Some selected activities/services will require customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status (please see below). All staff are required to wear a face mask.

    Young children and their families are daily visitors at our library. Because most children are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage all patrons and staff to continue to wear masks when in public spaces in the library.
  • Face masks will be available for visitors who do not have one. Telephone, contactless curbside, and drive-up window services will continue to be available.

  • Customer visits will be limited to four hours to allow the maximum number of people to access the building each day.
  • Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Current building, drive-through and telephone reference hours.
  • Customers may not bring food into the building. Covered drinks will be permitted in the building.
  • Some occupancy restrictions will remain in place to limit the total number of people in the library at one time to facilitate social distancing.

A Note About Library Fines

As a courtesy to our customers, the Hudson Library will continue to waive all fines on all materials returned to the Hudson Library. All charges related to lost materials will be waived once the items are returned and complete the quarantine period. Please note, in order for fines to be waived, items must be returned to the Hudson Library (and not to another library).

Available Services

  • Reference Assistance

    • In-person and telephone reference assistance.
    • Browse books and other items throughout the library including the Children’s Room, Teen Room and the Adult Services department on the 2nd floor.
    • Archives is available by appointment only. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

  • Check Out & Holds Pickup

    • Pick up holds at the drive-through window, contactless curbside service (by appointment), or in person in the library.
    • Check out Rokus, hotspots, puzzles, STEM kits, and other technology devices. View full list of available devices »
    • Check out items using self-checkout stations or at the circulation desk.

  • Computer Services

    • Digital resources are available 24/7. Learn more »
    • Computer and internet use will be available on the second floor, limited to two hour sessions per day. Additional time may be extended upon request depending on computer availability.
    • Print, fax, photocopy and scan to e-mail available on the second floor of the library.
    • Limited technology assistance in the building. Masks are required for any 1:1 technology assistance regardless of vaccination status.
    • Hotspots and Chromebooks are available for check out.

  • New Services

    • Browse new materials virtually.
    • Check out new tech devices including podcast-to-go kits, film and photo scanners, and more.
    • Receive virtual job and business counseling, genealogy tutoring and technology assistance.
    • Hudson Library @ home, a selection of carefully curated Hudson Library digital resources available 24/7.
    • Enhanced wi-fi that can be accessed from the parking lot.
  • Studying/Building Use

    • Chairs and tables are available for up to four hours of study, reading or other library activities.
    • The Laurel Lake Room (on the first floor) and some study rooms are available for individual quiet study, group study, and small meetings (limit of 7 people) during library operating hours. Reservations required. More information »
  • Other Services

    • Live virtual programs available on Facebook and by registration on our website. Past recorded programs available on YouTube.
    • Limited outdoor in-person programs will be offered this summer. Check the library’s current event schedule for more information.
    • The physical newspaper collection is available for in-library use.
    • Current and back issues of magazines are available for checkout.
    • The Friends book sale room will open twice a month. The library is not accepting donations at this time, but the Friends occasionally hold book donation drop off events in the library parking lot. Please see the Friends webpage for more information.
    • Notary service is now available. Please call ahead to confirm availability: (330) 653-6658 x1010 Masks are required for all notary service regardless of vaccination status.

Safety Precautions in Place

  • Furniture layout and signage to promote physical distancing will remain in place.
  • Removed toys, train table, stuffed characters, in-house puzzles and other manipulative activities in the children’s room.
  • Limiting the number of people allowed in the building.
  • Increased cleaning protocols and schedules.
  • Plexiglass shields at all public service desks.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes available throughout the building.
  • Library patrons who are not comfortable coming into the building may continue to use the library’s telephone, contactless curbside, and drive-up window services.