March 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

As indicated in our previous statement about COVID-19 and its impact on our library, with the Salem Central School District’s closing, effective March 16, 2020, Bancroft Public Library will be closed to the public. This decision is a difficult one to make, but we feel that to do our part to keep our patrons and staff healthy, and ease the spread of COVID-19, this is the right choice.
We are suspending fines and will be working toward extending due dates so that  library items which are out currently will not accrue a balance. Please keep your items at home until the library is open to the public once again. Please ignore any overdue or billing notices that you may receive. 

We are planning to remove the passcode from our public Wi-Fi as soon as possible, but in the meantime, that passcode is "bookshelf" and it can be accessed from outside the building.

If anyone has reserved Proudfit Hall for an upcoming event, we apologize for the inconvenience, and we can hopefully work with you to reschedule your event in the future when this issue has passed.

Please check our website ( and/or our Facebook page ( for updated information.

By visiting our website, you can access Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks. You can also access our library system's databases, as well as our genealogical resources. 

Thanks for your understanding as we find our way through this situation.
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Bancroft Public Library | Susan Getty, Director |181 Main Street, PO Box 478, Salem, NY 12865 | 518.854.7463 | |


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