Robbins, Fox Library reopen with some changes noted

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UPDATED, June 21: The Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library resume normal hours of operation effective Monday, June 21, with most services and no appointments necessary.

Arlington requires unvaccinated people to wear masks inside public facilities, but the library is asking all visitors to keep masks on inside regardless of vaccination status. Children ages 2-11 are required to wear masks, and library staff will continue wearing masks at public service desks in solidarity with young patrons.

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Patrons who wish to resume picking up holds at Fox must log into My Account on the MLN Catalog and select Edit to choose Arlington/Fox as the default pickup location.  

Changes at Fox

There are changes to the physical space at both libraries. At Fox, new carpeting was made possible through a generous grant from the Friends of Fox. A fresh coat of paint and some comfortable new seating options complete the mini-renovation of the beloved East Arlington branch. 

At Robbins, the teen area sports shiny new booths and seating options. There are upgraded laptops to check out and use in the library and children’s room, plus 14 additional Chromebooks available to check out and use at home.

Patrons will have to wait just a little longer for the reading room to reopen; that is set for Thursday, July 1.

“We’re excited to fully restore hours, but that’s not the bookend of our pandemic year,” says Director of Libraries Andrea Nicolay in a June 21 news release. “The pandemic showed us new ways of serving the community, so as part of our long-range planning we’re putting out a townwide survey this month to find out how we can do better than before. Look for it in the library e-newsletter and on our website.” 

The library acknowledges the Arlington Libraries Foundation, the Friends of the Robbins Library, and the Friends of Fox for helping make the reopening of Robbins and Fox a festive occasion for the entire community.  

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The libraries closed on March 12, 2020. Within weeks, Andrea Nicolay,director of libraries, said, we began offering virtual programming for all ages along with email and chat reference services.

As the pandemic wore on, the libraries offered more and more services, adding contactless materials pickup, phone reference, grab bags, hotspot and laptop loans, and eventually drop-in checkout and browsing by appointment/walk-in.

All this time, Fox remained closed so we could safely and efficiently deliver library services at our larger location.


This news announcement was published Thursday, May 27, 2021, and updated June 21.