April 20th Update on Pierson Library Services

  • Wifi on 24/7
  • eResources expanded


Based on Governor's Scott's latest addendum to the "Stay home, Stay safe" order, Pierson Library is permitted to again offer curbside pickup of materials starting on Monday. We're excited to provide access to the collection again through "contactless" curbside pickup to all Shelburne residents. Here's how it works:

You can either call 985-5124 during the hours below or email circulation@shelburnevt.org to place a request. Hours for curbside pickup will be:

Noon – 4pm    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
4pm-8pm        Tuesday

We are providing currently available material (we cannot place or fill holds on material that is checked out). We can pull a maximum of ten items per family.

You will want to search the catalog first at https://pierson.kohavt.org and have your list of available materials ready before calling or emailing, including call numbers and titles.  Don't know what you'd like?  That's okay too - call and we're happy to figure out a few titles that might work well for you.

Staff will then pull your material and place it in the foyer of the West Entrance (the one with the bookdrop), in a bag with your last name prominently displayed. This will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on current demand. You can pick up your items any time the same day you during the open hours listed above. Due to space constraints, materials must be picked up the same day they are requested.

That's it!

Please know that we are sanitizing the foyer during open hours on a regular basis and are quarantining all material for seven days before checking it out again. Staff are wearing face masks and we ask that all patrons do the same for the safety of all. Be well, keep reading and we look forward to welcoming you back into the building when we are able.

If you cannot leave home or would rather not, please browse our eBooks and databases available at www.piersonlibrary.org/elibrary .


Our Wifi signal will stay on 24/7, so if you are out on an essential trip and need wifi access, you may park in one of the spots close to the library to connect from the car.

Staff have been busy preparing for the eventuality that the building might need to be closed, and have assembled a suite of online services to keep Shelburne reading and keep us connected.


The library will maintain communication through our website, Front Porch Forum, our Facebook page, Shelburne News, and our E-newsletter/Emails.  You can sign up for that E-newsletter on our home page, piersonlibrary.org .  We will update our phone message with vital information, but we will not be able to check messages regularly, so if you call 985-5124 it may take a while for us to get back in touch.

Please know that we are not taking the action of closing the building lightly, and we are constantly monitoring recommendations and news.  Librarians across the state are discussing best practices and exchanging ideas on how to meet the needs of our communities in this rapidly developing situation. We hope that before long we will look back on this time and wonder if we overreacted, but we do not want to look back on this time and regret having underreacted.


As always, I welcome your feedback at kunrath@shelburnevt.org .

Very best,
Kevin Unrath

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