Curbside Pickup at the G.A.R. Memorial Library - Starting June 15, 2020
The G.A.R. Memorial Library will begin offering curbside pickup on June 15th with modified hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11-4pm and Tuesdays 2-7pm. In order to keep all patrons and staff safe, the building will remain closed to the public. To maintain contactless curbside pickup, please follow the steps and protocols below for placing a request and safe pickup. Please note that interlibrary loan requests are not occurring at this time, and available items are limited to West Newbury materials only.
How will Curbside Pickup work?
There are 2 ways to place a request: through your online account OR by directly contacting the library via phone (978-363-1105).
1. To place a request (hold) online through your account:
2. To place a request by phone:
When items are ready, the library will contact you to schedule a pick up day. If you normally receive email or text notifications from the library, you will instead receive a phone call to set up an appointment to pick up your items. Please observe the protocols detailed below when you come to pick up your items.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions Related to Requesting Items and to Curbside Pickup
How can I apply for a library card so that I can request books?
We are currently allowing West Newbury residents to apply for library cards over the phone. Please call 978-363-1105.
I don’t know my card number? How can I reserve items?
Please call the library (978-363-1105). A librarian will ask you to verify your account.
How do I reserve books online?
First, and log in with your card number and password (usually the last 4 of your phone number, if you need to reset your password call the library). Search for the items you would like to borrow, and click place hold for each item you would like to take out. When these items are available, you will get a notification from the library about curbside pickup.
How long can I keep the items?
Checkout periods have not changed. Books and audiobooks can go out for 3 weeks and DVDs and magazines will go out for 1 week, all with 2 renewals as long as there are no other holds on the item.
I am not able to get out of my car to pick up the items. Could a librarian bring them out to the car for me?
Unfortunately, no. To ensure staff and patron safety, we are unable to bring books to the car. If you are physically unable to walk to the library’s entrance, please bring someone with you who can do it for you.
I am not able to make it to the library to pick up my items. Could they be delivered to my house?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, we are offering only contactless curbside pick-up at the library. We may consider offering homebound delivery in the future. Please call the library (978-363-1105) if you would like to be added to a list in case we offer this service at a later time.
Other General Questions
When will the library building be open to patrons?
To maximize safety for library patrons and staff, reopening will take place in phases. The building will not be open to the public until circumstances deem it safe to do so.
Will I be able to receive items from other MVLC libraries or the Commonwealth Catalog?
No. Our statewide delivery service is working on processing a backlog of items and will resume delivery service as soon as it is feasible to do so. For now, you can only reserve items that in the G.A.R. Memorial Library’s collection.
How many books and DVDs can we take out at a time?
We’re asking patrons to reserve up to but not more than to 20 books and 10 DVDs at a time for curbside pick-up. This ensures that orders can be filled promptly and that other patrons have an opportunity to borrow items.
I usually browse until I find something that appeals to me. If I want book or movie recommendations, what should I do?
Please, call (978-363-1105) or email us () and we will be happy to provide recommendations for you. This applies to all ages!
I have items currently sitting on the reserve shelf. When can I pick them up?
A librarian will be in touch with you soon to set up an appointment to pick up your items. If you no longer want to receive these items, please email the library staff.
I have items out now. Can I return them?
Yes, the book drop is open for returns.
I’ve had my items out for a long time. Will I have fines or penalties?
No. All due dates were extended while the library has been closed.
I returned my library items in your book drop. Why are they still showing as checked out on my account?
To ensure the safest possible item handling, we are quarantining all returned items for three days before checking them in. You will not be penalized and your account will reflect the return in the near future.
I have books to donate to the library. When can I drop them off?
Please DO NOT drop off any donations at this time. Since donated items must be quarantined before volunteers can sort them, we are holding off on accepting donations. We will keep you posted when we are again ready to accept them!
I’m not planning to go out very much, but I’d still like to use library services. What can I do?
You can use our digital services, which include eBooks, digital magazines, streaming TV and movies and streaming music. Please for more information. Further information about library services will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook.
I have other questions about the library. Who should I contact?
Please email us at or call 978-363-1105, and a librarian will reply as soon as possible.