COVID-19 resources

NEW!! October 10

The Library is open. We ask that you limit your visit to 30 minutes. We are still offering curbside service, and we are doing interlibrary loans with any other libraries that are making this service available.

Fines

RFL is forgiving overdue fines on your items once they are returned (and clear quarantine). If your account is blocked due to overdue items in quarantine, let us know and we’ll take care of it for you.

Advice from the experts at Johns Hopkins University on Covid-19

Also from the experts: A handy, thorough (57-page), searchable FAQ of what you need to know about aerosol transmission of Covid-19.

Here’s the Centers for Disease Control’s Covid page.

Covid advice in several languages is available from  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Vermont’s YouTube channel. As of May 7, this included Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Maay Mayy, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.

Curbside pickup

The library is again offering curbside pickup of materials for loan!! It’s easy …
1) DM on our Facebook page or email us at rutlandfree@rutlandfree.org the titles you want (second choices aren’t a bad idea, just in case), your library card #, and what day you want them.
2) We’ll confirm your selections are ready and have them at the Center St. door for you.
3) Call 773-1860 x101 when you arrive and we’ll get the materials out the door to you in a safe, social-distancing way! Please wear your mask.

Pickup can be anytime we’re open. Just let us know you’re here. We will try to provide next-day service, depending on demand. Books, DVDs, and audiobooks on CD are all available. We cannot provide materials from other libraries yet. Please DO NOT attempt to place holds directly from our catalog as that function has been shut down until the whole consortium is open again. However, you can browse the catalog to see what’s available!

We are quarantining all items for four days before we reshelve them to ensure they are safe to handle.

RFL response

Rutland Free Library is taking the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 seriously. We are following state and federal government guidance on preparations.

Rutland County Covid-19 resources

The Rutland Regional Medical Center has links to CDC / national information, hospital details and community information.

Here’s an excellent list of local resources the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office put together.

Here’s a map of freely available WiFi locations from the state. Rutland Free Library’s WiFi is Rutland Public and there is no password or login page. It’s on 24/7 and is generally available from the curb.

Rutland County Mutual Aid has a site both for those in need and with local volunteer opportunities.

Transfer station restrictions / requests.

From our supporting towns & area schools:

Here’s the city schools guidelines.

Rutland NorthEast Supervisory Union has a huge set of educational links.

Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union has an online education page.

Mill River S.U. coronavirus page is here.

Rutland Town has an FAQ page up for residents there.

Rutland City has some updates posted.

Mendon has town office notices posted as they have reopened.

Tinmouth has a dedicated Covid-19 response page.

Ira has its town office guidelines here.

Statewide:

The State of Vermont is looking for volunteers, particularly those with in-demand skills and / or health care training.

Here’s the state’s overall Covid-19 information page.

Vermont Dept of Labor.

The state’s home page has become a defacto Covid resource page — links to unemployment, health resources & more.

Returns

Please feel free to use the outdoor book / materials drop. We are checking it daily. The drop in the building is in the lobby, to help us maintain the quarantine.

WiFi

RFL has awesome WiFi, connecting directly to fiberoptic. It’s generally available from the street or parking lot behind the library. And we put out a few of our outdoor summer chairs in spots that typically have the best connectivity. We have the fastest lawn-based internet in the city.