Library Message Regarding COVID-19

Updated: May 21, 2020

As businesses around New York are starting to open, I wanted to let you know that the Clinton Community Library staff and Board of Trustees are working hard behind the scenes to get things ready for when we have the green light to re-open.

Every day we are getting closer, but we must be vigilant about putting safety measures in place prior to opening our doors. When the appropriate time comes, CCL will re-open in stages beginning with curbside pickup of library materials, then limiting the number of patrons in the building, scheduling appointments for the computers, and taking a measured approach to ensure the safety of our community. We are ironing out all the details and hoping to make things as streamlined as possible.

Our guidance for reopening comes from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), NY State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Dutchess County, NYLA (New York Library Association), and the Mid-Hudson Library System.

In the coming days we will keep you updated on the library’s reopening status, but until then we are still here for you! Leave us a voicemail at (845) 266-5530, email us at, or take advantage of our many online resources for eBooks, audiobooks, and education.

We miss all of you very much!

— Carol Bancroft, Library Director

In light of Dutchess County declaring a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020 and the ensuing closures of public spaces, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order effective March 22, 2020 the Clinton Community Library will be temporarily closed until it is safe to re-open. Our physical location is closed, but we are still offering support and online services:

  • No fines will accrue while the library is closed. Please do NOT return items in outside dropbox. If possible, please keep them at home and return them once we re-open. 
  • We have been regularly posting all kinds of information on our Facebook page including local updates, free online classes and events, and articles of interest.
  • Any library cards due to expire through April 30th have been automatically renewed until June 1st in order to give you continued access to our online resources.
  • We also now offer “Instant Cards” on our website. You may self-register for a temporary card that is good for 60 days. It will allow you to take advance of all CCL’s e-resources.
  • Due dates for all materials checked out of CCL have been extended to May 30.
  • We are checking voicemail regularly, so feel free to leave us a message at 845-266-5530, just give us a day or two to return your call.

Please feel free to reach out to via email with any requests for information or resources, general questions, or concerns about your account (or if you just want to say hello!): CCL staff definitely misses you all, and we hope you are well and healthy.

As of 5/21, the following programs have been canceled or postpones:

  • Library is CLOSED temporarily
  • ALL May program
  • ALL June programs

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website  or the New York State Department of Health website for the latest guidance on virus prevention. To protect yourself and our community, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health suggests all residents:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, paying special attention to fingernails and between fingers.
  • If soap and water is not easily accessible, use hand sanitizer that is 60–90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Limit contact such as handshakes or high-fives.
  • When possible, practice “social distancing” by remaining three to six feet from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well, especially if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Reliable Resources

CDC Coronavirus page:

NYS Dept. of Health Coronavirus page:

Dutchess County Dept. of Health Coronavirus page:

World Health Organization (WHO):

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: