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PWPL Ahead: The Library’s Phased Reopening Plan

As Long Island begins to re-open, the Port Washington Public Library is also moving forward with its re-opening plans. In order to facilitate this, the Library has created PWPL Ahead, a comprehensive plan to begin re-opening while best addressing the safety and health concerns of PWPL staff and patrons. PWPL Ahead consists of four phases that mirror the phases of New York State’s “New York Forward” re-opening plan. As Long Island enters each new phase, PWPL will also, if it is deemed safe. Stay tuned as we will have further announcements about Phase 4, PWPL Express, in the coming days:

(Updated July 8, 2020)

Phase 1 –  Begins June 1

Services, materials, programs and events will continue to be offered remotely. Maintenance staff return on-site; the building is cleaned and sanitized, HVAC adjustments are made and new MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) 13 and 15 air filters will be installed. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff was inventoried and ordered as necessary.

Phase 2 –  Begins June 15

Services, materials, programs and events will continue to be offered remotely. A percentage of staff will return to work on-site. Return bins in the Library’s parking lot will re-open for materials currently checked out. Checked out materials can be returned anytime in our outdoor return bins. All returned materials will be quarantined separately from the rest of the collection for a period of 72 hours to ensure safety.

Phase 3 – Begins June 25

Curbside grab and go pick-up for Library materials begins in the Library’s parking lot. Click here to learn more about Curbside Service. All loanable materials are available for curbside pickup. Paper printouts, tax forms, and 3D printed objects will also be available for pickup. Home delivery of materials will resume for those unable to leave their home. All programs and events will continue to be offered remotely.

Phase 4 – PWPL Express – More Information Coming Soon

Members of the public will be allowed to return to the Library building for browsing, in-person borrowing and public computing. Hours and building capacity will be limited. Curbside service will continue. Meeting rooms will remain closed and public seating will be limited. All programs and events will continue to be offered remotely.

Beyond Phase 4, the Library plans to return to normal operations when it is deemed safe. We ask for your cooperation while these phases are implemented and appreciate your continued understanding and support.

While the Library building is closed to the public, the Library remains open 24/7 online. Borrow e-books and e-audiobooksstream TV, and movies; download and listen to music; and read digital newspapers and magazines. If you don’t already have a library card, you can apply for one today. Visit our adult calendar,, and children’s calendar,, to see a full listing of upcoming virtual programs.

A few other items impacted by our temporary closure:

  • All items checked out before our closure have been extended until September 1.
  • Library cards that were set to expire have been automatically renewed through December 31.
  • We now offer virtual notary service. Email to make an appointment.

Please contact or 516-883-4400 if you have questions as we move forward through PWPL Ahead.

We will keep you updated as we proceed, and we cannot wait to see you soon.

Stay well and stay safe.

Keith Klang, Library Director