Covid-19 Updates

Message from the Director

During this unprecedented time, more people are realizing what we’ve known for a long time: a library is more than just a building or a collection of physical objects. At its core, a library is about people; in our case, it is about the people of Princeton.

It was with heavy hearts, but a sense of tremendous responsibility, that we closed the Sands Library Building on March 13. Our service to Princeton did not end that day. Rather, we’ve been reimagining our services every day since. We’re collaborating with the town on a website with Princeton-specific information on COVID-19. We redesigned our website to make it easier for you to connect with our digital resources. Our staff has been working with our vendors to enhance those digital services. Staff have also been working every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (till 7 p.m. Thursdays) answering questions via chat, email and phone at 314-635-0410. We’re once again hosting a wide range of events (author events, book discussions, film programs, English conversation classes, technology education, and story times)
using a variety of digital tools.

Like you, our staff is eager to return to the Sands Library Building so we can provide more than virtual services. While we don’t know when we will be able to reopen the building, you should know that I am in regular discussions with our trustees and senior staff about how we will reopen in the safest possible manner.

Meanwhile, we ask that you keep any materials you have borrowed in your home until we reopen. Our book drops remain closed and all late fees have been waived. We know this is a busy season for book donations, but we ask that you hold onto any books to be donated until reopening. Please do not leave books for donation outside the building. We simply cannot accept any book donations at this time.

This an incredibly difficult time for everyone. Please know that, through it all, we are with you every day, providing virtual library services until we see each other again.

— Jennifer Podolsky
Executive Director