Phased Reopening Plans

Phase 2 - Browsing and Limited Computer Use  
The library is currently delivering services and programs in a modified fashion, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Browsing and limited computer use guidelines are:

  • By Appointment - book online or by call 781-270-1691
  • Appointments are limited to 45 minutes
  • Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm (unavailable 12 - 1 pm)
  • No same day appointments
  • Please limit yourself to one appointment per day
  • Appointment booking must reflect the number of people in your family/group when visiting 
  • Doors will be opened on the hour and will close 5 minutes after
  • Patrons will be checked in at the door for their appointment
  • Visitors must comply with State mask mandate, have masks properly worn, and observe appropriate social distancing
  • Browsing includes most aspects of the collection, except for historical archives
  • Computer use includes printing and limited remote technical assistance
  • Printer, photocopier, and fax machine are available (on 2nd floor)
  • Seating areas, study rooms, and children's toys are not available


In this current phase, the library is also offering:



During this time, we are taking the following safety precautions:

  • 3 day quarantine of library returns and deliveries
  • 6 foot social distancing 
  • Face masks properly worn


Later phases (not included in Phase 2 or earlier) of the library's reopening plan will include:

  • Study and meeting room use
  • Access to seating areas
  • Access to local history collection
  • Expanded use of public computers
  • Toys and play areas in the Children's Room
  • Appointment-free library use


Highlights of library activities since March 2020 include:

  • A wide array of partnerships to deliver programming, including the Social Justice Series with the Burlington Public Schools, Diwali celebrations with Indian Americans for Burlington, and SAT Prep courses with ShineIn Math
  • Food drive for People Helping People
  • Quarantine Community Art Project
  • Popup library events on the front lawn, allowing for browsing of a limited collection
  • Popup library book sale to support the Friends of the Burlington Public Library
  • Creation of a new library website
  • Extensive HVAC upgrades (grant funded and delivered by the Burlington Department of Public Works)
  • High-efficiency, building-wide lighting replacement (grant funded and delivered by the Burlington Department of Public Works)