We’ve missed the Morse Institute Library terribly since it closed in the spring to COVID-19 concerns, so you can bet we rushed right in to get a first look at the recently reopened main branch. No matter how many rules we had to follow (and those rules weren’t all that onerous) it didn’t matter. We just wanted to drift through one of our old haunts and remember better days.
The first floor only is open and, as expected, there is no congregating allowed. However, the public computers and copy machines are available, as are the study carrels and other seating. Bathrooms are open. There is no water fountain access. The library is accepting book donations, and the Friends of the Library book sale, to the right as you enter, is on.
There is no official number of patrons who can be in the building at any one time, nor is there a maximum visiting time. Director so and so and the staff are confident that common sense will rule the day. If the place gets so crowded that social distancing cannot be maintained, or a certain patron appears to have settled in for the day, staff will deal with those issues as they come up.
Here are a few pics: