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Browsing FAQ

UPDATE 5/17/21: Browsing does not require an appointment. Patrons may walk-in Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.  All other rules still apply.
Q – What is “browsing?”
A – Browsing allows our patrons to wander through the collection to find something to read, to watch or to listen to. You can also pick up holds.  Public computers and the Tutor Rooms are still unavailable for now.
Q – When is it?
A – For now, browsing hours are Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Q – How does it work?
A – Browsing is open to the public Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm. Patrons may enter through the main entrance. For the Children’s Department, go to the Children’s Room entrance at the side of the Library.
Q – No more appointments?
A – Correct.
Q – Once inside can I go anywhere in the Library?
A – Although the two browsing sessions are at the same time, the main Library and the Children’s Room have different occupancy limits. You may visit both but you will have to enter each department by via their main entrance. The Technology Commons and Tutor Rooms are closed.
Q – Are there rules? I’m sure there are rules. What are they?
A – Don’t worry. We’ve got lots.

  • No one under age 11 in the main library.
  • No unaccompanied children under age 11.
  • You must wear your mask the entire time you are in the Library.
  • One person or family group in the elevator at a time.
  • Seating is only for the old or infirm who may need it to rest.
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet from staff and other patrons.

Q – I want to browse the Children’s Room, are there any special considerations?
A – Please make every effort to send only one person to browse and to select materials for your family. However, we understand this is not always possible. Before bringing young children with you to select materials, please consider whether the child is capable of social distancing. Unattended children under the age of 11 are not allowed in the Library at any time. And Children under the age of 11 will not be allowed in the main library, in an effort to protect our older and most vulnerable patrons.
Q – I want to browse the Children’s Room and then run down to get something for myself in the Adult session. Can I do that?
A – Yes, but please reenter the Library through the main entrance and remember that no one under the age of 11 is currently allowed in the main Library.
Q – I have children’s books on hold that are ready for pickup.  Can I pick them up during my Children’s Room browsing session?
A – Yes, please enter the Main Library via the front door to pick up holds before or after your Children’s Room browsing session.
Q – How long do I have to pick something out?
A – We ask that patrons limit their visits to 30 minutes.
Q – I may need help finding something. Will someone be there to help me?
A – Yes. Reference  and Children’s Librarians will be at their usual spots.
Q – Does this mean you are ending curbside pickup?
A – Eventually. While we realize Curbside can be a great convenience, we need to move staff on to other tasks as we increase the hours we are open to the public. Please only use Curbside if you cannot come into the Library for medical reasons, etc.
Q – I have valid reasons for not wearing a mask. Can I still browse the Library?
A – No. Library staff will be happy to help you use Curbside pickup.
Q – I’m feeling just a little sick. I’m sure it’s nothing. Can I still come to the Library?
A – No. However, if you can’t come to the Library, the Library will come to you. Volunteers from the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will deliver things to you. Contact Head of Reference Liam Hegarty (, 914-834-2281 x114) and he will get you set up.
Q – How do I know this is safe?
A – Nothing is certain in this world. We are following the guidance provided by appropriate authorities.

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