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COVID-19 Update: No in-person services for now; staff and collections still here for you

by Emily Alling on 2020-03-23T06:01:00-04:00 in News, MCLA Community Resources, Library Resources | Comments

Libraries bring people together. And, heading into this strange new normal, we will continue to do so. 

Right now, though, bringing people together in person is just not in the community’s best interest. 

It feels counterintuitive, and it makes us as sad as it makes you. Seeing you every day is the best part of our jobs, and we already look forward to the day you can return. 

Until then, we won't be able to welcome you to Freel Library for in-person visits.  

But: We are still here for you!  

  • Library staff remain available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m via phone (413-662-5321) and email (  

  • Beginning on Monday, March 30, librarians will also be available from 5 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Wednesday via our Ask Us service, where we can answer questions via chat, email, phone, or text.  

  • You can also set up a one-on-one appointment with a librarian via Skype, where we can share screens and have the next best thing to an in-person interaction.  

  • Our helpful FAQ is available 24/7, and we’ll be adding to it in the days to come. 

Our Library to Go page is a quick introduction to library collections you can use from off campus, including: 

...and more! The full library website will lead you to even more resources.  

You can hold on to your MCLA library books and DVDs: we are suspending overdue notices and will not bill for items during this time.  

We hope you’ll follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, where we’ll continue to build community around information. 

Many of us feel uncertain, frightened, and overwhelmed right now. But, if we all reach out for help when we need it and support each other however we can, we know the MCLA community will get through this together.



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