Library by Appointment

A limited number of 30 minute in- person appointments will be available each week.

Please call 523-9650 or email to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Reopening the Canaan Town Library

Phase 2: Limited building access, hours, and services (to begin August 18)

  • Library Take Out will continue. We ask that you take advantage of these services as much as possible.
  • Limited access for browsing, checking out materials, copy and fax services, and computer use.
  • Access will be by appointment only. We will be limited to 1 household at a time (limit of 8 bodies) with 30 minute appointments. 
  • Masks will be required to enter the building (ages 3 and up) and social distancing rules must be observed. 
  • Patrons will be required to sanitize hands upon entering the building.
  • Disposable masks, and hand sanitizer will be made available at no cost.
  • Please continue to return library materials in the book drop box outside. We will not be accepting them at the front desk.
  • Library material returns will be quarantined for 4 days before they are checked in and able to be recirculated.
  • Meeting Room is not available for public use.
  • The Book Sale Shelf will continue to be filled, but we ask that you keep your donations. We are not accepting them at this time.
  • Things we will continue to ask you to do via email, phone or online: Ask questions, ask for book recommendations, apply for a library card, ask for assistance with Libby or your card.
  • Safety Measures in place for Phase 2:
    • Library Materials will continue to be quarantined
    • Staff will wear masks
    • Patrons (ages 3 and up) will be required to wear masks (disposable masks available) and sanitize hands (with provided sanitizer) upon entering building
    • Social Distancing of 6 ft between patrons and staff will be required
    • The circulation desk will have a plexiglass sneeze guard
    • Doors will be closed and a staff member will let people in at their appointed time
    • Surfaces will be sanitized between appointments and cleaned in the evenings according to CDC guidelines
    • IF YOU FEEL SICK please use library services safely from home!

Documents used to create this plan

A Phased Reopening Plan for Libraries as COVID 19 Restrictions Are Lifted:

Letter to Converse Free Library, Lyme NH patrons:

Our Phased Reopening Plan: A Letter to Our Patrons and Friends

Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings:

Coronavirus Face Masks:Types & When To Use:

The Governor’s Safer at Home plan for libraries:

REALM Project (Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums)

Oscar Foss Memorial Library Reopening Plan:

Oscar Foss Memorial Library covid-19 phased reopening plan

World Health Organization: