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SPL COVID Updates

Resumption of Partial Services



As a precaution to help limit the spread of Coronavirus, the Library remains closed to the public. We are committed to meeting the State and Town of Shrewsbury guidelines while planning a phased reopening of the library. While ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and patrons, we are planning to resume partial services for the public. 

Service Starting September 8th

Beginning September 8th, Shrewsbury Public Library is pleased to offer reservation based computer sessions to patrons with a C/W MARS library card in good standing. Click here for a full description.

Service Starting August 3rd

We’re excited to share the next steps we’re taking to enhance library services during this difficult period. Patrons can place holds on books, audiobooks, CDs, video games, or DVDs through the C/W MARS system. Items that belong to Shrewsbury or other libraries can be selected. Up to 10 holds can be placed on one library card.

Starting on Monday, August 3rd, patrons can pick up their holds in the library. The west entrance will be open and the holds will be on tables in the hallway. Holds will be arranged in alphabetical order by patrons’ last names, and can be checked out using the self-checkout machines. Patrons will then follow directional signs to exit the building from the main north entrance.

Please remember:
After you get an email notification that your hold is ready for pickup, please wait 72 hours before you come in to pick up your hold.
Patrons must bring the library card that placed the hold.
• Due to safety concerns for staff and patrons, this will be a no-contact transaction. Staff will not be able to assist patrons in person, but will be available to help via phone at (508) 841-8609, x2 or x3.
• Patrons are required to wear a mask and maintain a 6' distance from others while in the library.
• No browsing is allowed at this time.

Days and hours of service:
• Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM; 2:00 PM–4:30 PM
• Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM; 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
• Saturdays: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM; 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
• Sundays: 1:00 PM–4:30 PM

Items belonging to any C/W MARS library can now be returned on the following days and times:
• Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
• Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
• Saturdays: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM

There will be a black bin outside the main entrance near the automated drop-off machine that says “Returns” where materials can be dropped off Monday–Thursday and Saturday.

The automated drop-off will only be open on Fridays from 10:00 AM–4:30 PM.

All returned items must be quarantined and will not be checked in for 72 hours.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we regularly evaluate our services and strive to provide excellent service to our community!

Virtual Programs and Remote Reference Assistance:
We will continue planning and offering virtual programs for children and adults to enjoy. You can see the whole list on the online calendar at http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/S/SHREWSBURY/ekp.cfm?curOrg=shrewsbury

Children’s Story times will be on Facebook Live. Please check out the library’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChjfcLnyM7VLjcVFtILwIxA and enjoy the creative offerings of our talented staff!

Please sign up for our e-newsletters to receive up-to-date information: https://shrewsburyma.gov/706/Mailing-Lists

Please call 508-841-8533 or email splreference@cwmars.org or splcirc@cwmars.org with any questions. Staff will respond to your queries on weekdays between 9 and 5.

For reliable, up to date information about COVID-19, the Shrewsbury Public Library is providing the following page of online resources.

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In the interest of creating an accurate historical record of daily life in Shrewsbury during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shrewsbury Public Library is currently collecting photos of day to day activities and displaying them on its Flickr page.  If you would like to submit some of your own photos, please send them to splreference@cwmars.org with a brief description.
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Sunday Sponsorship Update 6-15-2020


Thank you to our generous donors who provided a season of Sunday hours, October 6, 2019 through March 15, 2020. On March 15th we had to abruptly close the library due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Baker.

Providing Five Sundays:
  • Dr. B. Dale and Mrs. Melanie Magee
Providing Three Sundays Each:
  • Daniels Insurance Agency
Providing Two Sundays each:
  • Olivia, Peg, and Don Harbert
  • Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Providing one Sunday each are:
  • St. Mary's School
  • Maureen Fujimori in honor of Eileen Mooney Evans
  • Harold (Bill) and Jean Stuart
  • Pam Osborn in memory of Harry Der Harootunian
  • In memory of James Heedles
  • In loving memory of Buckie Somers
  • Selectman Beth Casavant
  • The Del Dotto grandchildren: Drea, Dylan, and Devin
  • The Shrewsbury Education Foundation
  • The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury
  • Central One Federal Credit Union
  • The Bachini family
  • The Matthews family
  • Dean Park Grill & Pizza
  • Jeffrey & Priscilla Billingham
  • David & Kathleen Rocheleau
  • Pat Silvestri in Memory of Elizabeth Woodring
  • In memory of Dr. John P. Collins from the Collins family
  • In memory of Dr. John P. Collins from John P. Collins & Nancy Hughes
  • One anonymous donor
You can help reach a full season of Sundays (October 4, 2020 through May 23, 2021). The cost for sponsoring one Sunday is $750. The form to become a Sunday sponsor may be found here.  Please contact the Library Director at (508) 841-8537 or email prathnam@shrewsburyma.gov if you wish to provide a sponsorship or need more information.