Coronavirus Information 

The Eldredge Public Library is committed to the health and safety of our patrons and staff.    We understand that there is an abundance of (mis)information out there regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are also aware that the facts evolve quickly.  For these reasons, the EPL is providing you with accurate information, helpful tips, and reputable links to assist you during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  We encourage our patrons to tune into our social media and website to remain updated on how the Library is responding to this unusual situation.  

Be Informed:

What is the COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.   Learn what you can do to protect yourself, your family, your place of employment and your community.

Reputable Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC - Coronavirus & Children

The World Health Organization (WHO)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

Town of Chatham 

Library Update:

Following the guidelines set forth by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Library has suspended in-Library services until further notice.   Join us online!  Find out what's being offered through our Virtual Library Page
We are offering Curbside Pickup of Chatham materials.  Please click HERE for information and directions.  
The Book Drop is open 24/7.  Library materials only - no donations.  There will be no overdue fines.
We can deliver items to our home bound patrons.  Please call the library (508-945-5170) for information.  
Commonwealth Catalog and ILL requests have resumed on a limited basis.  Contact Lorna Dzialo for more information.   

Library Resources: 

Check out our Virtual Library page with more resources and programming information.

EPL patrons can still access library resources online such as Overdrive Libby for ebooks and audiobooks, Hoopla and Kanopy for TV, movies and more, Freegal Music and online databases, such as our A to Z World Food database! Check out all of our online resources!
Don't know your pin number?  We assign the last four digits of your card number as your pin, unless you have chosen a different number.   
Don't have a library card but want to use online resources such as Overdrive and Statewide databases?  Ecards are available at . These temporary cards can be exchanged for a permanent card if you make an appointment and come into the Library.   They do not allow access to databases provided by Eldredge Public Library, such as A to Z World Food, Freegal, Hoopla, etc.  You will have access to download Overdrive online materials and Statewide databases.
Massachusetts residents are eligible for a Boston Public Library ecard. Sign up online for free and get access to Boston Public Library's online resources
Our Wi-Fi is available outside the building 24/7.
Library staff will be available by email and phone ( 58-945-5170) to answer questions about our online resources and library updates.  
Thank you for your patience. 

Community Resources:

COVID-19 Town of Chatham resource link.  This page has up-to-date information for families, businesses as well as Town  Notices and Orders and Guidelines from Governor Baker.
Need help finding your way through the maze of forms, documents and phone calls needed to get the financial resources available during and after the COVID-19 health crisis?  Monomoy Community Services has set up a COMMUNITY RESOURCE ADVOCATE that Chatham residents may contact for over the-phone or video conferencing. Click HERE for more info.

Information from Monomoy Regional School District

Disaster Loan Information from the Small Business Association for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Housing Assistance

Be Proactive:

Community-based interventions such as event cancellations and social distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes

A mask is required when on library property.  This includes dropping off items at the book drop, picking up materials at curbside pick up and when using our wifi.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Items received get through delivery or through the drop box will be quarantined for 96 hours before we check them in.

The National Public Radio has produced a comic to help explain the Coronavirus to children. 

Beware of scams!

The WHO has a dedicated page listing potential scams seeking to steal money or sensitive information from people.  The MA Attorney General’s office is also warning against consumer scams as they relate to the Coronavirus.