The director of the Falmouth Public Library, Linda Collins, made this statement on the library’s Facebook page on May 19: “As the library develops its plans to reopen, we are taking guidance from state leaders, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, our town administration and health agent, and the CLAMS library network. We are proceeding very carefully, gradually reducing current restrictions. The first step will be to offer outside pickup of requested materials. We look forward to the return of the inter-library delivery services that make more materials available to you. When we do reopen the building to the public we will have limited seating keeping people at an acceptable distance from one another. Toys and other high-touch items will be removed from the children’s room. We may not be able to offer programs in the same manner as we have in the past, but we are exploring creative ways to connect with our library patrons. I ask for everyone’s patience as we move forward in a safe and thoughtful manner towards a full resumption of library services.”

We are very pleased to announce here that outside pickup of library materials will begin on Monday, June 1, at the main library on Main Street. Ms. Collins states, “During this first phase of a gradual reopening plan, there will be no public access to the library building. Outside pickup will be available at the Katharine Lee Bates entrance doors. Items should be requested in advance, either through the library’s online CLAMS catalog or with staff help by phone at 508-457-2555, extension 2901. Requests may also be emailed to”

Hours of Operation for Outside Pickup

Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 AM to 6 PM

Items available for outside pickup include books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs and music CDs from the children’s, young adult and adult collections of the Falmouth Public Library. Specialized library items such as newspapers, youth services story kits and museum passes are not available for outside pickup.

The following procedures are required to minimize contact during the transaction: materials will be checked out and placed on the table in front of the doorway; returned items must be placed in the library’s outside book drop and not on the pickup table; and the library is unable to accept fines or fee payments during outside transactions.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, material donations of any kind cannot be accepted at this time. Due dates have been extended until Friday, June 26, for all items. Following their return, items will remain on a patron’s account during a three-day quarantine period.

Reference staff will be ready to provide help with selecting or reserving materials by phone or by emailing

We are also very pleased to announce that library materials may now be returned to the book drops. We encourage the return of materials so that we can quarantine them before filling holds.

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our lives, it seems, and that includes book publishing dates. If you are eagerly anticipating a new title from a favorite author, don’t be surprised if it comes out later than was initially planned. Many publishers are pushing their publication dates further into the future for a host of reasons. If you see the title listed in the library catalog, you can put a hold on it even before it has been published. Just click on the “Request It” button and enter your library card number and PIN.

Questions Asked at the Reference Desk

Q. Is the Woods Hole Film Festival happening this summer?

A. According to the festival’s website, this year will mark the 29th anniversary of the festival, which is “dedicated to presenting the best independent film from emerging filmmakers from around the world.” The festival will be held virtually, from Saturday, July 25, through Saturday, August 1. Live events will be held via video and web-conferencing. The website states, “If it is safe and possible, we may host some in-person events in Woods Hole; however, that decision will be made closer to the festival and will be based on the public health and safety recommendations at that time.” They are still working out the details, so visit their website.

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