Ruth Keeler Memorial Library pivots to curbside-only service for first half of January, permanently removes fines

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North Salem’s Ruth Keeler Memorial Library announced Saturday that it would return to offering curbside service only for the first two weeks of January. The library cited the surge in coronavirus cases in its decision to temporarily close for in-person browsing and borrowing. Patrons are advised to call (914-669-5161) or email the Library for help with book bundles or selections.

The Library also announced that it will no longer assess fines for overdue items, joining a growing movement among public library systems, including in Westchester and Manhattan, to eliminate late fees. However, Keeler Library patrons who have had an item overdue for more than one month will be charged for the cost to replace the item, and individuals who owe more than $25 will have their cards blocked until overdue items are returned or fines paid.

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