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The announcement on May 19, 2020 that the Capital Region has met all seven metrics enabling Phase One of the NY Forward plan has been received with much anticipation and generated many questions about when the library can resume serving our patrons.

While we miss terribly being able to connect our patrons with library resources, we humbly ask for your patience as we work through the necessary steps that we anticipate will lead us to reopening in a safe and proactive manner for both patrons and our staff.

These steps involve a multi-staged plan that would begin with staff being allowed back in the building to process your returned materials and prepare for a method of curbside pickup and delivery.  Subsequent stages will eventually allow for limited access to the building for patrons, with the ultimate goal of fully opening access to all library resources at a future date. Please keep in mind that this plan will be subject to change as conditions warrant.

One a separate note, the 2021 Library Budget & Trustee Vote will be conducted by Absentee Ballot only on Tuesday June 9. All registered voters who reside in the Waterford Halfmoon Union Free School District will receive a ballot by mail from the school which will include the library budget vote and trustee candidates. Please follow instructions on how to fill out and return by the deadline. Copies of the library budget are available upon request.


Welcome to the Waterford Public Library

The Waterford Public Library has been serving the “river communities” of Waterford and the surrounding towns and villages for over 120 years. Over that time, the definition of library services has changed and evolved numerous times. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide the level of service our customers expect and deserve. And although those expectations have also changed in many ways, we will continue to the best of our ability to meet them consistently. We may be small in size and staffing, but don’t underestimate our ability and desire to help our community know and grow, both today and for the journey ahead. We look forward to seeing you in the library soon!