Coronavirus Response


Upton Town Library        Coronavirus Response:

*Update 3/24 - Upton Library is closed to the public, and no on-site services can be provided.  Please leave us a voice message at 508-529-6272 or email mbachtol@cwmars.org for help with digital or virtual library services.
Statewide networks and the Upton Library are expanding our access to digital materials.  Call us to ask about getting access to eBooks from Overdrive, eAudio and Magazines from RB Digital, and a Boston Public Library eCard.

*Update 3/17 - Upton Library, along with all Town of Upton buildings, is closing to the public until further notice, effective March 17, 2020.
The library will continue to offer telephone information, ebooks, and digital content.  We will attempt to offer remote or virtual versions of library services.  Call the library at 508-529-6272 or email mbachtol@cwmars.org to arrange for curbside pickup of items, or for assistance with internet access.  Library materials do not need to be returned while the state of emergency continues, all due dates and overdue charges will be waived.*

*Update – Library operations and services will continue, but we are suspending all library programs for all ages until further notice, effective March 17, 2020*

The Upton Town Library is monitoring and following the guidelines provided by the Upton Board of Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, and we will continue to adapt to the changing situation.




A summary of the advice and guidelines I have received so far is:

  •  Enhance personal hygiene for staff and patrons – handwashing, cough techniques
  • Enhance routine cleaning procedures – Periodically clean frequently touched surfaces with bleach disinfectant
  •  Send ill staff or patrons home
  •  Prepare plan to handle absent employees
  • Cancel group gatherings of more than 250 people


Actions by Upton Town Library

Steps Upton Library has taken 3/10:

  • Posted Mass DPH hygiene flyers in the library
  • Posted WHO handwashing techniques above each sink 
  •  Hand Sanitizer and Wipes available at Circulation Desk and Computer Workstations
  • Enacted CDC guidelines for routine cleaning – wiping down counters, computer workstations, door handles, light switches, handrails and sinks 


Additional steps taken 3/12

  • Removed all children’s toys from public use 
  •  Removed craft supplies (crayons, markers, coloring sheets, etc..) from public use

Additional steps effective 3/17
  • Library operations and services will continue, but we are suspending all library programs for all ages until further notice, effective March 17, 2020

Updated steps effective 3/17
  • Upton declares Town State of Emergency
  • Library building is closed to the public.  No on-site services will be offered
  • Interlibrary loan and delivery services suspended.
  • Library staff will attempt to offer curb-side pickup of items to our parking lot, if it can be performed safely
  • All library items will have extended due dates and no charges.  Items will not need to be returned until the state of emergency ends.
  • Library staff will provide telephone and virtual services.
  • If you need emergency internet access for unemployment benefits or medical needs, library staff will attempt to assist you.  Call 508-529-6272 or email mbachtol@cwmars.org

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