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Service Updates

What You Need to Know About our Continued Reopening in Phase 3 

*Updated June 17, 2021* 
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Updated Guidelines & Services – June 17, 2021
Barrington Public Library is pleased to announce that in accordance with state and municipal guidance, we have updated our building use guidelines. 

As of June 7, 2021 we have made the following changes
      • No time limit on library visits
      • Building capacity restrictions lifted
      • Computer sessions go back to 2-hours (1-hour for guest passes)
      • Comfortable seating is restored with a new, quiet reading & study area
      • Newspaper and magazine browsing returns
      • More study areas available on the Main Floor
      • Books are no longer quarantined so you will receive your holds faster 

Face Coverings 

Face masks are not required in the library if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are required for library patrons under ages 2-12 and those who are not fully vaccinated per state and CDC guidelines.

If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask that you refrain from entering the library at this time. 

Overdue Fines 

There will be no fines for overdue items until June 30, 2021. Ocean State Libraries have agreed to waive fines for fines accrued March 14, 2020 - June 30, 2021.   

Curbside Pickup 

The last day for curbside pickup will be Saturday, June 19.

Second Floor Meeting Rooms 

The second floor of the library including the Salem Family Auditorium, the Collis Family Gallery, the meeting rooms, and the Chapin Study Room study remain closed to the public.  

McCulloch Children's Room 

The McCulloch Children's Room has reopened BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. You can schedule an appointment here, or call 401-247-1920 x4. 

Appointment hours for the summer

      • Monday: 10 am – 4 pm; 4:30 pm – 7 pm
      • Tuesday: 10 am – 4 pm; 4:30 pm – 7 pm
      • Wednesday: 10 am – 4 pm; 4:30 pm – 7 pm
      • Thursday: 12 pm – 5 pm
      • Friday: 12 pm – 4 pm
      • Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm 
Books and other children's materials can be requested from the Children’s Room by visiting the Reference Desk. You can browse the Kids Annex on the Main Floor for a wide selection of frequently changing book displays, including all of our new children's books. 


Monday thru Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm  
Friday & Saturday: 9 am to 4:30 pm 
Sunday: Closed 

For questions, call us at 401-247-1920, contact us through our Live Librarian Chat on our website, or email


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