Robbins Library open for short-term browsing by appointment

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Effective Monday, April 5, the Robbins Library is expanding services to include short-term browsing on all floors. The hours for browsing and all other library services will be Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

To book a pass for the General Collections (all floors except Children’s) or the Children’s Room and to learn more about other services available in this phase of reopening, visit "Get a Browsing Pass” at

All visits are limited to 15 minutes and the maximum number of passes complies with the state's Phase III Step 2 indoor capacity guidelines. Passes must be reserved at least one day in advance. 

Passes are not required to check out reserved materials or contactless pickup materials in the lobby area.

With the new Mobile Checkout feature in the Minuteman Library Network’s free app, patrons who are browsing can pick a book off the shelf and use the in-app barcode scanner to check the item out to themselves on the spot--a great way to skip the line and save time. Traditional self-checkout stations will be available in the Children's Room and on the first floor near the Reference Desk. A second checkout service point is also being added in the lobby, for browsers who also have reserved materials to pick up. 

To support socially distanced staff work stations, the library’s Reading Room will continue to be off-limits for now, and new books and speed reads have been relocated near the Reference Desk. 

Safety measures for patrons and staff include floor markers, required masks for all visitors over age 2, regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and hand sanitizer stations on all floors. Reference Desk transactions are limited to 5 minutes, and remote help will be offered to those needing more time or in-depth assistance. 

“We’re so happy to be at this point,” said Director of Libraries Andrea Nicolay in a March 30 news release. “A public library needs its public! We can’t wait to reopen Fox too, hopefully later this summer. Fox staff are temporarily relocated at Robbins to help things run smoothly and safely.”

Oct. 16, 2020: Robbins starts drop-in checkout of reserves

This news announcement was published Tuesday, March 30, 2021.