Zoom Library Board Meeting – Thursday, 6/11 at 7 PM.  Contact guernsey@4cls.org for more information.


Guernsey Memorial Library

Open For Curbside Pickup Service

Guernsey Memorial Library has resumed its regular operating hours for curbside service.  The library building will not be open to the public at this time.  Measures will be in place for the safety of library staff and patrons.  In order to make sure staff are healthy, all staff will answer health questions and have a temperature check on entering the building.  Masks will be worn and hands will be washed and sanitized frequently while handling books and other materials.  In case of COVID contamination, all materials will be quarantined for three full days before being checked in and readied for the next user.  When materials are set out for patron pickup, they will be sprayed with disinfectant.  Patrons are also being asked to wear masks and observe social distancing during materials pickup and on the library grounds, or while using library WiFi.

The library will continue to offer WiFi, e-books, e-magazines, streaming music and video, and also free books in the Not So Little Free Library on the library’s front porch.  But people still love the feeling of a real book in their hands and we are really excited to take the first step to offering the full range of our services to this beautiful community again.

Need a library card?  Mail or email the All in one library card application

Requests for library materials will be accepted via phone at 334-4034, email at guernsey@4cls.org, and through the library’s web site and  the library’s Facebook page and SurveyMonkey.  Customers will be informed when their orders are ready.  Items will be available for pickup, with customers wearing masks and observing social distancing, in the lobby of the parking lot entrance to the building.  Items can be returned in the book drops as usual.



Library Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9am-8:30pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm

Sunday: 1pm-4pm (closed Memorial Day – Labor Day)

Otis A. Thompson Local History Room no.history@4cls.org

Sunday: By Appointment (closed Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday: 11am-6pm
Wednesday: 11m-6pm
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: By Appointment


Apply via email to guernsey@4cls.org All in one library card application

Online Resources 

Books from Birth

What is it? Books from Birth brings Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to all children from birth to age five in Chenango County. Any child living in Chenango County can get a free book delivered to their home every month through the mail from the time they are born until they turn five!

Why do it? It is important for proper development for every child to begin to read books with their parents and caregivers long before they are old enough to go to school, yet many families don’t have books to share with their children in these early years. Books from Birth aims to solve this problem and give all Chenango County children and parents the books they need to help them enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in school. You can see some supporting research here.



Who is involved? The nine public libraries of Chenango County, along with their sponsors – Chenango United Way, Norwich Rotary, Greater Norwich Foundation, Guernsey Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees, Chobani, and private individuals like you.

How can I help? Books from Birth operates on grants and donations. If you would like to donate (it costs about $30 per year per child to provide the books,) we would welcome checks made out to Books from Birth at Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court Street, Norwich, NY 13815. If you would like to volunteer with the program, email guernsey@4cls.org.

How do I sign up? Register your child online at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or fill out this form and bring or mail it to any public library in Chenango County.

What else can I do to help my child learn to read and be successful? Reading together is only the beginning. Here are some other activities to try that tie in with the books: Imagination Library Book Activity Ideas, Bicycle Story Hour Plan, Train Story Hour Plan, Dog Story Hour Plan.

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