Library Reopening Update: Computer Sessions and Collections Browsing

It has been wonderful seeing so many of you coming to the library to borrow books, movies, and more through our contactless materials pickup service! As of Monday, September 14, we have entered the next phase in our reopening with appointments available for computer use and for browsing of the collection. Entrance hallway and curbside pickup appointments continue to be available as well.

The well-being of our community and library team are our top priority and health and safety precautions including mask wearing (except for children under two years of age), physical distancing, and hand hygiene will be required of all who enter the library throughout our phased reopening.

To schedule an appointment for materials pickup, computer use, or browsing call 518-828-1792 x100 or email holds@hudsonarealibrary.org. Appointments will be available between 12pm and closing each day – 12-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 12-8pm Wednesday; and 12-3pm Saturday.

Items may be requested by email, phone, or through the online catalog; you will receive an email or phone call to schedule pickup once your requested items are available.

We will continue to offer virtual programs and services, as well as access to digital resources throughout the reopening process. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more details, click here.

Previous announcements:

June 14, 2020 Update:

আমরা সীমিত সময় এবং পরিষেবাদি সহ পর্যায়ক্রমে গ্রন্থাগারটি আবার খুলব। আমরা বুধবার, 17 ই জুন থেকে গ্রন্থাগার উপকরণ পিকআপগুলি অনুমতি দেওয়া শুরু করব। বিস্তারিত শীঘ্রই উপলব্ধ করা হবে।

Volveremos a abrir nuestra biblioteca en fases con servicios y horarios limitados. El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio. Lee abajo para la traducción en español.

The Columbia County Library Association (CCLA) has been working collectively to reopen our facilities in an organized fashion that is safe for both our library staff and our patrons alike. In an effort to continue to do our part to control the spread of COVID-19, the 11 member libraries of the CCLA will follow national, state, and county guidelines and advice from public health officials, and stage phased reopenings with limited services and hours. The first phase of the reopening is contactless materials pickup and curbside delivery, and all 11 Columbia County libraries will begin this service on Wednesday, June 17.

While the CCLA works cooperatively as an association, each library is a separate and discrete entity, and therefore hours and services available will vary by location. For our library’s hours and procedures, please click here.

As we move through the reopening phases, please be aware of safety guidelines and practices such as social distancing and wearing masks that will apply once the buildings are open for in-person public use. To comply with suggested health precautions, libraries will be operating with very limited staff levels, which means that wait times for holds placed may be longer than usual. We will continue to offer virtual programs and services, as well as access to digital resources throughout the reopening process.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we chart this new territory for library service. We are doing our best to meet patron needs while keeping public safety and health concerns at the forefront of our thought. With care and concern for our fellow residents, we can work together as a community to recover from this pandemic while protecting our most vulnerable populations.

El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio

La Asociación de Bibliotecas del Condado de Columbia (CCLA) ha estado trabajando colectivamente para reabrir nuestras instalaciones de una manera organizada que sea segura tanto para el personal de nuestra biblioteca como para nuestros usuarios. En un esfuerzo por continuar haciendo nuestra parte para controlar la propagación de COVID-19, las 11 bibliotecas miembros del CCLA seguirán las pautas y consejos nacionales, estatales y del condado de los funcionarios de salud pública, y organizarán reaperturas por etapas con servicios y horarios limitados. La primera fase de la reapertura es el recogimiento de materiales sin contacto y la entrega en la acera, y las 11 bibliotecas del Condado de Columbia comenzarán este servicio el miércoles 17 de junio.

Mientras que el CCLA trabaja cooperativamente como una asociación, cada biblioteca es una entidad separada y discreta, y por lo tanto las horas y los servicios disponibles variarán según la ubicación. Finalizaremos nuestro horario y procedimientos para la recolección de materiales sin contacto la próxima semana y publicaremos una actualización aquí en el sitio web.

A medida que avanzamos en las fases de reapertura, tenga en cuenta las pautas y prácticas de seguridad, como el distanciamiento social y el uso de mascarillas que se aplicarán una vez que los edificios estén abiertos para uso público en persona. Para cumplir con las precauciones de salud sugeridas, las bibliotecas funcionarán con niveles de personal muy limitados, lo que significa que los tiempos de espera para las retenciones pueden ser más largos de lo habitual. Continuaremos ofreciendo programas y servicios virtuales, así como acceso a recursos digitales durante todo el proceso de reapertura.

Agradecemos su paciencia y comprensión mientras nos adaptamos a estos nuevos procesos. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para satisfacer las necesidades de los clientes, manteniendo las preocupaciones de salud pública y seguridad en nuestras mentes. Con cuidado y preocupación por nuestra comunidad, podemos trabajar juntos como comunidad para recuperarnos de esta pandemia mientras protegemos a nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables.

March 31, 2020 Update Concerning COVID-19

পরবর্তী বিজ্ঞপ্তি না হওয়া পর্যন্ত লাইব্রেরি বন্ধ থাকে: COVID-19 সম্পর্কিত তথ্য
La biblioteca está cerrada hasta nuevo aviso

Out of concern for the well-being of our community, the Hudson Area Library will be closed until further notice. All in-person library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are also suspended during this time.

While our doors are closed, we are still here for you! Our library team is working to bring engaging and educational opportunities to our community by providing virtual programming and access to online resources. Library staff are also available for assistance via email and phone.

Patrons are encouraged to hold on to any materials that they have borrowed from our library until we are back in service. We will waive any overdue fines that accrue during this time. The Mid-Hudson Library System has suspended all holds and deliveries between libraries during this time. Patrons who have requested materials from other libraries will have those holds filled once the Mid-Hudson Library System resumes deliveries.

We will provide updates, including announcements of our schedule and plan for reopening, on this website and our social media pages.

For more information on COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 Resources page.

March 15, 2020 Update Concerning COVID-19

18-31 মার্চ লাইব্রেরি বন্ধ হয়ে যাবে : COVID-19 সম্পর্কিত তথ্য (এই ঘোষণাটি বাংলায় পড়ুন)

La biblioteca está cerrada desde el 18 de marzo hasta el 31 de marzo (¡LEA ESTE ANUNCIO EN ESPAÑOL!)
Out of concern for the well-being of our community, the Hudson Area Library will be closed from Wednesday, March 18 through the end of the month. All Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are also suspended during this time.

Social distancing is suggested as an important step to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we must do our part to keep our community healthy. We will reassess the situation towards the end of March to determine the status of open hours and programs for April. All updated communications will be posted on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Patrons are encouraged to hold on to any materials that they have borrowed from our library until we are back in service. We will waive any overdue fines that accrue during this time.

Please take advantage of our online resources: OverDrive for ebooks and e-audio, RBdigital for e-magazines, Kanopy for film streaming, Universal Class for online courses, and Mango for language learning. Email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org if you have any questions about how to access these online resources and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

We have increased our daily cleaning protocols (with a focus on disinfecting high traffic areas such as computer terminals, service desks, door knobs, light switches, and children’s toys) and have temporarily reduced the access to toys and other hard to clean items in the children’s area. We have packets of information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) available at our main desk and informational signs from the CDC are posted throughout the space. Additional informational resources about COVID-19 can be found below.

The Columbia County Department of Health statement from March 6 reminds us all that we can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms, and doing simple things to keep ourselves and others healthy. They suggest the following precautionary measures:
– avoid close contact with people who are sick
– avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
– wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
– clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

In addition, the CDC suggests:
– covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then discarding the tissue
– stay home when you are sick except to get medical care

The New York State Department of Health has established a hotline for questions about COVID-19 which can be accessed by calling 888-364-3065.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends that you call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

More information on COVID-19 is available at the following websites:

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Columbia Memorial Hospital: https://www.columbiamemorialhealth.org/more-information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/

New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Columbia County Department of Health: https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019