The Board of Trustees and staff of the Dexter Free Library are committed to the health and safety of our patrons and community concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our hours are Monday 10 - 12 for seniors only (see below), Tuesday 12-6, Wednesday 9-12 and 1-6, Thursday 11-6 and Saturday 9-12.    All persons entering the library are required to wear a face covering.   Staff will also be wearing face coverings.  

MONDAY MORNING HOURS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS (Ages 65+)   Beginning June 22nd through August 31 Monday morning hours from 10 am to 12pm are limited to those ages 65 and older.   Seniors are invited to visit the library to browse the collection and select a good read or two to take home and enjoy.   

Community members are welcome to visit us in-person to check out library materials.  Due to the size of our library space and the need to provide adequate social distancing, access to the building may be limited. Patrons are encouraged to limit their library visit to no more than 30 minutes.   CURBSIDE SERVICE continues to be available for anyone preferring not to enter the building.   

No group gatherings will be allowed in the library.   We are working on outdoor seating to accommodate community members who would like to stay for a while and use the library's wifi with their own devices.

Limited use of PUBLIC COMPUTERS will begin starting August 4th by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on a first-come, first-serve basis and is limited to 30 minutes per patron per day to ensure that staff has adequate time to clean and sanitize stations between users.    Computers may be reserved from 2pm to 2:30pm, 2:45pm to 3:15pm, 3:30pm to 4pm, 4:15pm to 4:45pm and 5pm to 5:30pm.  Users must wear face coverings when inside the building and working on computers.   Sign-ups may only be made for the current day.   Computer users are encouraged to wash hands or use hand sanitizer provided by the library prior to using the computer (and after).   Headphones will not be available at the computers.   Changes to these guidelines may be made as determined by the Board of Trustees and the Library Director.


Our summer reading program is online this summer and has two components:  READsquared and Page Turner Adventures.   Join anytime this summer and enjoy summer reading your way!

Parents and children create an account at our READsquared site  (https://dexlibny11.readsquared.com) Once you have created an account you can review reading lists,log reading,  participate in missions and even play games.   At the end of each month participants' names will be entered into our monthly prize drawing.     

Families are also invited to join us for PAGE TURNER ADVENTURES beginning June 15th and running for 10 weeks.  Access to our weekly adventures start when you ask to join our Facebook group:  Dexter Free Library Summer Reading Program featuring Page Turner Adventures.    New programs will be accessible each day by 10am.


All returns must be made via the outdoor return.   

***IMPORTANT***Returned items will be quarantined for 96 hours.  What does this mean? The library staff will remove items from the outdoor return and place them in a designated area in the library. We will mark the items with the current day's date and they will sit for 96 hours. At the end of 96 hours the items will be discharged from your library card.

As always we appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions you may contact us via email at dexlib@ncls.org.  Email will be checked daily.Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. Take care, stay healthy, and stay informed.  Click here for the latest information and resources relating to Covid-19.  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY 



If you are cleaning out and have old books you no longer need or want please recycle them. This can be done following the instructions below and placing them with your weekly recyclables:

Both hardcover and softcover books are recyclable, but require different methods.

Hardcover Books = The covers of these books must be removed as they are not recyclable. This can be done by cutting the paper out of the book for recycling. Once the cover is removed, it can be placed in the trash for disposal.

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