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UPDATED, Dec. 10:  The library is restoring drop-in materials pickup services and contactless pickup on Monday, Dec. 14, on the basis of further testing for Covid-19 among staff and negative results.

The library closed Dec. 7 because a staff member had tested positive for Covid. The closure was a safety precaution, but there is not a concern over public exposure to Covid at the library.

Items that were on hold when the library closed Dec. 7 will be available for pickup until Dec. 28. Outdoor book returns are open.

Residents can find information about Arlington’s Covid response at

 On Dec. 7, the library-materials pickup service was temporarily suspended until Dec. 18, but reopening is set for Monday.

Health Department contact tracers continue to work closely with all positive cases in Arlington. It is important to answer contact tracer's calls to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

If you are not contacted, you have not been identified as a close contact and do not have to quarantine. 

Information about virtual programs still be offered, please visit  

Oct. 16, 2020: Robbins starts drop-in checkout of reserves

This news announcement was published Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, and updated Dec. 10.