We are pleased to report that after closing for a short time out of an abundance of caution when a staff member reported contact with someone offsite who was COVID positive, the safety protocols we have in place worked as intended. Back porch services were suspended and drop boxes were closed, while staff members were tested, the building was deep cleaned. We are very happy that all staff have tested negative and the library will resume our back porch pickup service and reopen the drop boxes on Sunday, December 19th at our regular time of 1PM. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this challenging time.
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The Rockport Public Library is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of staff and library users is our priority.
At this time, the library is working on an approved phased reopening plan that will enable us to provide our services in a way that preserves the health of our patrons and library staff. This plan will help guide us in slowly reintroducing services to the community. We will be posting regular updates on our website, through social media, and email newsletters as our service offering changes.
Per Town Administration, the Rockport Public Library building will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14th and will remain closed until further notice. The building is being examined for airflow issues that will need to be addressed before safely opening to the public. The library is also working to replace shelving, seating and flooring while the building is closed. The shelving will replace high touch CD drawers and flip books for DVDs. The seating will replace fabric seating with wooden chairs that can be easily disinfected between users. The flooring is part of a capital project that will replace our cracked rubber flooring on the main level.
During this time due dates and any holds ready to pick up will be extended. Our book drop is now open. Please time your time returning items. All items returned will be quarantined for 7 days before being checked in to ensure staff safety. You won’t receive any fines, thanks to our fine free policy.
Library and town employees are working to prepare for public visits to the library.
Please return library materials only – no donations! We do not have the staff or space to handle donations, and the Friends are not able to access the building at this time.
The library is now offering back porch pickup. You can reserve items through the online catalog, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 978-546-6934. We will contact you to schedule a pickup time. Click here for more information about this service.
Interlibrary loan services resumed on Saturday, July 18th. The online catalog now allows everyone to place holds on items from other libraries. Please not e that the delivery system will take time to catch up with requests, so it may take longer than usual for items to be delivered. As always the library checks on the holds placed and will purchase items for the Rockport Public Library based on patron demand.
We are still here to assist with all of your informational and recreational needs. eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, online courses, and scholarly databases are all available through our website.
At this time staff will still be available to answer any of your questions via phone at 978-546-6934 or email at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to assist you. We will continue to update you as we have additional information.
The library has a vast collection of digital materials, such as:
- eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines.
- Streaming TV and movies (coming soon!).
- Databases, and much more.
All library services are free with your library card. If you do not have a library card and are a Rockport resident you can now register online.
It’s important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.
Information and Support from Local, State, and National Agencies
- Town of Rockport Coronavirus Updates for local updates
- Mass.gov/covid19 for state updates.
- Sign up for text message alerts
- Send COVIDMA to 888-777
- Envíe COVIDMAESP al 888-777
- For non-emergency questions and help: Call 2-1-1 or live chat
- Questions about nursing home or rest home care: Call (617) 660-5399
- Domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (800) 799-7233
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (800) 656-4673
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): http://aa-intergroup.org/
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA): https://virtual-na.org/
- SMART Recovery Online: https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/
Caring for Your Emotional Health
- Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.
- Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.