Library Updates

2020.06.15.   

We're open and ready for your visit. We are also accepting book returns at our drive-up drop boxes. Not ready to visit in person yet? We continue to offer curbside pickup service. Give us a call at 457-9620 to get the process started. Just a reminder that our occupancy is limited to 25% per executive order so we do need to limit the number of patrons in each area.

A few other reminders of guidelines in place to keep everyone safe and healthy:

1. Wear a mask (required by Executive Order 2020-97) unless you are medically unable to.
2. Designate one or two family members to pick up materials.
3. Limit your browsing/seating time to 30 minutes or less.
4. Limit your computer use to 60 minutes or less.
5. Stop at the "greeter" station to let us know where you will be spending most of your visit.
6. Please do not visit if you are sick or exhibiting any of the usual Covid-19 symptoms.
7. Utilize hand sanitizer located throughout the library.
8. Practice social distancing throughout the library.
9. Use self checkout as much as possible to provide contact-free transactions.
10. Take advantage of continued curbside pickup services if you feel uncomfortable entering the library or cannot follow any of the above-listed guidelines.

Above all, our goal is to provide the best library service possible in the safest way possible. We appreciate your help making this possible and we look forward to seeing you soon!



2020.06.08.   Library staff has been working hard getting the library ready to reopen. As we reopen, there are several guidelines that we must follow, including operating at 25% capacity (per executive order). We are following a comprehensive sanitizing regimen and will also quarantine items as they get returned.

In order to keep staff and patrons healthy and safe AND help keep us open, we kindly ask that everyone do the following:

1. Wear a mask (required by Executive Order 2020-97) unless you are medically unable to.
2. Designate one or two family members to pick up materials.
3. Limit your browsing/seating time to 30 minutes or less.
4. Limit your computer use to 60 minutes or less.
5. Stop at the "greeter" station to let us know where you will be spending most of your visit. We can only allow a limited amount of people in each area; a system is in place to ensure that patron occupancy is at or below the 25% occupancy rate at all times in all public areas.
6. Please do not visit if you are sick or exhibiting any of the usual Covid-19 symptoms.
7. Utilize hand sanitizer located throughout the library.
8. Practice social distancing throughout the library.
9. Use self checkout as much as possible to provide contact-free transactions.
10. Take advantage of continued curbside pickup services if you feel uncomfortable entering the library or cannot follow any of the above-listed guidelines.

Above all, our goal is to provide the best library service possible in the safest way possible. We truly appreciate your patience as we navigate this together and look forward to seeing everyone again!


2020.05.31.   We have had a lot of questions related to re-opening and what that might look like. Though we do not know exactly when we will be able to reopen, we do have a plan for what you can expect when we do reopen. There are 4 phases to reopening, moving from only offering curbside to the eventual goal of returning to more of a normal service model. As we look toward reopening, please know that our number one goal is to provide the best service we can in the safest way possible. If you do not feel comfortable visiting the library when we reopen, you can continue to utilize curbside service and we will be happy to help you with that.


2020.05.27.  Due to the continued Stay at Home order, the library's closure will extend through June 12. Due dates have been extended. Work on our parking lot has been completed and our new drop boxes located on the south side of the building are now available. We are making plans to still offer our Summer Reading programs this year, with online registration and virtual programming when possible. More information will be available soon. While it is our goal to reopen and provide service to our community as soon as possible, we want to make sure we do it in a way that keeps staff and library visitors as safe as possible. We appreciate your patience as we continue our closure. If you have any questions, please e-mail rbristow@gtpl.org



2020.05.22.  Good news! Home access to Ancestry Library Edition is now available through June!  Now is a great time to work on your genealogical research and there is no better place to do so than from the safety of your own home. Not sure where to start? Visit our Local History Resources page for access to Ancestry.com and some tips & tricks on how to best use it. Is your library card expired? E-mail rbristow@gtpl.org to have your card renewed. Need a library card? Apply online.


2020.05.10.  Due to the continued Stay at Home order, the library's closure will extend through May 28. Due dates have been extended into June. Work on our parking lot has been completed and our new drop boxes located on the south side of the building are now available. We are making plans to still offer our Summer Reading programs this year, with online registration and virtual programming when possible. More information will be available soon. While it is our goal to reopen and provide service to our community as soon as possible, we want to make sure we do it in a way that keeps staff and library visitors as safe as possible. We appreciate your patience as we continue our closure. If you have any questions, please e-mail rbristow@gtpl.org.


2020.04.24.  Due to the extended Stay at Home order, the library will continue to be closed through May 15 and all in-person May programming has been cancelled. If no further extensions are issued, we plan to reopen on Monday, May 18. Due dates of items currently checked out will again be extended. While we encourage everyone to hold onto items checked out, our exterior drop box is open and emptied regularly. If you would like a library card, please complete the online application. If your card is expired, please contact the Library Director at rbristow@gtpl.org. While we are closed, please take advantage of the library's digital collection and online resources. We are currently working through safety procedures that will be put in place for re-opening. Please keep up-to-date via our Facebook page.  Thanks for your continued patience!


2020.04.24.  Thank you to everyone who has requested seeds from our Seed Library By Mail service! We are currently low or out of several varieties but you can still request seeds. If you are interested in seeds, please e-mail rbristow@gtpl.org with your name and mailing address and we will send out a variety of vegetable and/or flower seeds.


2020.04.11.  It’s Spring and almost gardening time! Since we cannot “open” our new seed library as we had hoped this month, we would like to make seeds available by mail.  Browse our list of seeds, select up to 3 items, and e-mail the form (or a list of the ones you would like) to rbristow@gtpl.org and we will mail you the seeds. Quantities are limited and substitutions may need to be made depending on demand for certain varieties.  Please share your pictures via our Facebook page or e-mail rbristow@gtpl.org and show us what you are growing.


2020.04.10.  Good news for genealogists and family history enthusiasts: Ancestry.com is now available from home! Now is a great time to spend some extra time researching family history at http://eservices.llcoop.net/. Follow the link and enter your Georgetown Library card and PIN to get access at home.  Don’t have a library card yet? Please complete the online form and we can issue a card for you to use for digital resources. Have an expired card or not sure what your PIN is? E-mail rbristow@gtpl.org and we can make necessary changes right away.


2020.04.09.  Per the extended stay at home order, the library will remain closed through April 30. Our plan is to reopen on Friday, May 1 but will update our website and Facebook page as we get closer to that date. All due dates for materials currently checked out have been extended until May 11. We will also be backdating materials as we check them in after we reopen so that no fines will be charged.  Items on our old shelf will remain their until we reopen as well.  We encourage you to continue using our digital collection which is always available. Don’t have a library card yet? Please complete the online form and we can issue a card for you to use for digital resources. Have an expired card? E-mail rbristow@gtpl.org and we can renew your card online as well.


2020.04.05.  Per the Governor's Executive Order, the library will remain closed until at least April 13. We are not able to offer curbside service at this time.

All due dates have been extended until April 20 and will continue to be extended as we learn more about the time frame of our closure and fines will be waived as items are returned after we reopen, so we ask that you please not return any items at this time until we reopen. Items on our hold shelf will also remain on hold for you until after we reopen and will not be sent back.

If you have questions or need assistance with your library account, please message us through our Facebook page or e-mail rbristow@gtpl.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Voicemail messages will be checked periodically but e-mail and Facebook will be responded to more quickly.

We miss all of our wonderful patrons and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Please stay safe and healthy!


2020.04.05.  Need access to books, audiobooks, or magazines online while stuck at home? Get free access to thousands of titles with your library card.

Don't have a library card? If you are a Georgetown Township resident, you can get one online and gain access to the library's digital resources. Apply online at https://gtpl.org/form…/library-3/apply-for-a-library-card-55. You will receive an e-mail within 24 hours with a card number and PIN you can use.

Have a card that needs to be renewed? Send us an e-mail at rbristow@gtpl.org or send us a message through Facebook and we will be happy to help!


2020.04.05.  Have you met Libby yet? If not, now is the perfect time. Libby is a free app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks from the library's OverDrive collection. Not sure where to start? Visit our website at https://gtpl.org/DocumentCenter/View/4762/Libby_How-To for easy-to-follow instructions. 


2020.04.05.  Looking for more online learning resources to assist your child in his or her virtual learning experience?

Don't forget to check out the MeL databases available through the Georgetown Library.

Resources for Kids: https://mel.org/az.php?s=153872
Resources for Teens: https://mel.org/az.php?s=153976

Need internet access? Our Wifi is available 24/7 just outside our building.