Buildings closed for cleaning and disinfecting July 8 and July 9. Drop boxes and curbside pickup will be unavailable.

Message from the Board of Trustees

The Farmington Community Library Board of Trustee's will be holding a regular meeting on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held electronically. To attend, please follow these instructions.

Curbside pickup is now available during select hours. In order to facilitate a seamless experience and reduced wait times, please place your items on hold ahead of time, wait for the notice that your item is ready before coming to the building, and text or call the posted phone numbers when you arrive. For more information, please read the details of our phased reopening.

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FCL’s Phased Reopening

On behalf of everyone at the Farmington Community Library, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your patience during the library’s closure! We miss you! We hope you and yours are well and safe during this pandemic.

We know you are increasingly eager to return materials, check out new materials, and visit our locations, and we want to make sure all of the work is done with the highest standards of safety. That means training our staff, configuring our spaces for appropriate distancing, ensuring we have the necessary PPE and policies in place to keep people safe, and developing new low- and no-contact service models.

Phase 1 – Material Return – Beginning June 25

To safely return your items:

All items, including interlibrary loan (MeLCAT items), must be returned by outdoor drop boxes. Please do not pack your materials in plastic or cardboard containers. Please drop your items in one at a time in the drop box. Please do not leave items outside if the drop boxes are full. We will try to empty them as quickly as possible, but please keep in mind we have more than 30,000 items coming back so we appreciate your cooperation in keeping our items safe.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after you return them to the Library. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 72 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be waived.

Take your time. Items currently checked out are not due back until July 31, so there is no rush to return materials.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Phase 2 – Contactless Curbside Pickup – Beginning July 6

Curbside Pickup Hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday CLOSED; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

On Monday, July 6, we will begin the Curbside Pickup phase of our Reopening plan. We now welcome patrons who have received a hold notification to pick up your material, including interlibrary loan (MeLCAT) materials, via our curbside drive-through. Hours for pick up are Monday-Tuesday 1-6pm and Thursday-Saturday 9am-2pm. We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. At the 12 Mile location, the curbside pickup location is in the circular drive next to the entrance. At the Liberty Street location, we’ve designated four parking spots on Liberty St. West of the Library building. There are directional signs and cones to guide you. To help us during this phase, please take a few seconds to review your current hold list and cancel titles you no longer want. This will help our team provide you with the items you do want, as well as move titles to our other waiting patrons.

To Place Items on Hold:

Log into your account on the Library’s catalog using your Library card number and PIN.

Find an item you want.

Click “Place a Hold” and confirm your hold request.

Or, you may call 248-553-0300 during curbside hours to place a hold.

Items placed on hold together may not be ready for pick-up at the same time.

If you don’t have a Library card, you sign up for a Library card remotely.

If you have trouble logging in, please email fclcirc@farmlib.org.

How the Pickup Works When You Arrive at the Library:

In order to reduce wait times, please wait to pick up your items until you receive a notice that your item is ready. Items are held for 7 days. No appointment is needed to pick up your items, but they will not be available until you have been notified.

Drive up to the pickup location and follow the queue. At the 12 Mile location, the curbside pickup location is in the circular drive next to the entrance. At the Liberty Street location, we’ve designated four parking spots on Liberty St. West of the Library building. There are directional signs and cones to guide you.

If you are at the 12 Mile location, text “Here” to 248-534-4811 or use our online curbside communicator. We’ll ask you to provide your name, Library card number, and a description of your vehicle. If you need additional assistance, please call 248-553-6880.

If you are at the Liberty Street location, text “Here” to 248-534-4812 or use our online curbside communicator. We’ll ask you to provide your name, Library card number, and a description of your vehicle. If you need additional assistance, please call 248-553-0321 ext.250.

Stay in your car.

Library staff will check out your available items and bring them to your car.

Pop your trunk or roll down your rear window and Library staff will place your items in your vehicle.

What Cannot Be Done at Curbside Pickup:

Donation of materials.

Return of items.

Last-minute requests. Materials not placed on hold cannot be requested at pick-up.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time!

Phase 3 – Limited Library Services – TBD

During this phase, the Library will open with limited access. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the building at one time, and we will ask that you limit your time in the building so others can enter. Staff will be available to gather your items for you, and you’ll be able to renew or register library cards. Please have your library card with you, or a scannable digital version of your card. Self-checkouts will be configured to scan only, in order to reduce touch points and keep you safe. If you need a new library card, staff will be ready to assist you! Computers will not be available at this time.

Curbside Pickup Hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday CLOSED; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Phase 4 – Improving Library Services – TBD

During this phase, we’ll transition out of contactless pickup and resume using the Hold Shelves. You’ll be able to browse the shelves and select your own items for checkout, too. Please have your library card with you, or a scannable digital version of your card. Self-checkouts will be configured to scan only, in order to reduce touch points and keep you safe. If you need a new library card, staff will be ready to assist you! We won’t be able to offer full seating, study rooms, or in-person programs, but access to public computers and equipment will resume, and the Library’s spaces will begin being used again.

Curbside Pickup Hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday CLOSED; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Phase 5 – Full Library Services – TBD

At this phase, all library services will be returned to normal.

FAQs

How do I get a hold of the Library if I have a question?

We’re here to help! Email us at gro.bilmraf@ecnerefer.cinortcele or through our website. You can also contact us on Facebook or Instagram.

What if I couldn’t pick up my holds before the Library closed?

We will contact you about existing holds to coordinate contactless curbside pickup. If you don’t hear from us by July 10, call the Library at 248-553-0300.

What about hold requests that haven’t been filled?

You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing.

Can I borrow and return interlibrary loan (MeLCAT) items?

If you had an interlibrary loan item on hold when we closed, it will be ready for you to check out when our curbside service begins. New interlibrary loan requests are temporarily suspended. You’ll be able to return interlibrary loan items in library drop boxes until further notice.

Can I still borrow electronic materials?

Yes! Our entire Digital Library including e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use with your Library card. If you don’t have a Library card, sign up for one today and get instant access to these materials! We also have numerous research tools and great digital historical collections that you can access.

How will the Library ensure returned books and materials are safe to be redistributed should someone borrowing materials be diagnosed with coronavirus?

Returned materials will be isolated for 72 hours. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 72 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be removed once the items are returned.

When will Library buildings reopen?

We expect to be able to open our buildings in July. We will need to limit the number of patrons and the time spent in our spaces. After that, we will begin improving the access to buildings for computers and other services. All dates are dependent on the emerging public health landscape.

Are you offering programming?

All programming will be virtual until further notice. Please check our Events Calendar for details on upcoming programs.

How do I sign up for Summer Reading?

Summer Reading has gone virtual! There are programs for children, teens, adults and ESL learners. Register here and start reading!

How can I get access to the Internet?

Access the Library’s free Wi-Fi Zones in the South parking lot nearest the Library building at the 12 Mile Location and in the North section of the parking lot nearest the Police Station at the Liberty Street location. Signs are posted for network names and passwords. Please maintain safe distancing and remain in your vehicle.

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