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BUCHANAN DISTRICT LIBRARY IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

HOURS
Monday—Friday, 9am–6pm 
Saturday, 9am–2pm
CALL 269-695-3681 TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Please note that curbside service will continue and is an option for all patrons who wish to check out materials without entering the library. Returns will be accepted by using the drop box, or through curbside service. Services like copying and faxing will be available. Computer access inside the library IS STILL AVAILABLE by appointment. Please call the library at (269) 695-3681 to schedule a time to use a computer.

This appointment-only structure is in response to rising COVID-19 cases in our area and the Buchanan Community Schools decision to conduct all classes virtually through December 4. We want to do everything we can to continue offering vital services to the community while also keeping our patrons and our staff as safe as possible. This policy will be in place at least during the Buchanan Community Schools closure and will then be reevaluated. We thank all our patrons for their cooperation and understanding. 

While we are appointment only, all our regular services will continue, patrons simply must call the library (or ring the doorbell) before entering, so that we can keep the number of patrons in our building at any given time as low as possible.

MANY thanks to our patrons for their cooperation and understanding during this on-going health crisis. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy! We want to make sure we are doing our part to help our community through this difficult time.

*Please note that the guidelines below do not reflect the current appointment only status
What to expect when you visit the Buchanan District Library
Returning patrons will notice a few changes when they visit the library. Library spaces, policies, and procedures have been adjusted to prioritize the health and safety of visitors and staff.

  • Plexiglass barriers and 6-feet distancing markers have been added at the circulation desk, and furniture has been rearranged or removed to encourage social distancing
  • Materials returned or handled by patrons will be quarantined for 72 hours before returning to circulation
  • Toys and tablets will not be available in the children’s area
  • Water fountains will not be available
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, and disposable masks will be made available throughout the library
  • Staff will routinely clean high-touch surface areas
  • The library must maintain 25% of building capacity, and any patrons beyond that capacity will not be allowed inside
  • All library staff will wear masks whenever in a public area of the library or providing curbside service

Patrons are asked to help us keep the library a safe and healthy place for our community by following these requirements:

  • All patrons are required to wear a face-covering during their visit*. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided by library staff upon entry.
  • Patrons experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms should not visit the library
  • Patrons must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another
  • Patrons are asked to complete their library tasks as in a timely manner and exit the building—spending extended time inside the library to work or study will not be permitted at this time. Patrons are reminded that our wi-fi extends beyond the building and they can work outside when weather permits. Tables will be provided outside during open hours for patrons to use.

*Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask. Patrons who are not able to wear a face-covering due to medical reasons will be encouraged to utilize curbside service.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PLAN

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, and please feel free to email m.paulette@buchananlibrary.com with questions or concerns.

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Programming is still mostly online. Visit our Kids & Teens and Adult programming pages to see what's being offered. You can also check out our calendar or our Facebook page for the most up to date information.

Do you have an idea for a new program? Interested in learning more about a special topic or hearing a presentation? Please let us know! We are always looking for new ideas!

Photos and videos that appear on the Buchanan District Library’s website and promotional materials may be gathered from public programs, events, and library spaces. Attendance at Buchanan District Library programs, events, or library spaces constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Buchanan District Library. Photos, images, and videos submitted by users for online galleries or contests may also be used by the Library for promotional purposes. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent, or legal guardian. If you do not want us to use a photo or video of you or your child, please tell the Library staff member coordinating the event PRIOR to the program.

The library is excited to offer keyword searchable issues of the Berrien County Record on the BCR Historical Newspaper Collection page. Even though conducting your local history or genealogy research can happen remotely, a visit to the Local History Room is always welcome. More information about the collections can be found on the Local History Room page.