Welcome Back: Browsing & Computer Appointments

Effective March 1, the library will be resuming more services:

Limited Browsing & Scheduled Computer Appointments

Public computer reservations are accepted again and there are hours for browsing our collections!
To take a step forward in providing additional access to information and library services, we need your help to ensure the safety of all:

  • On-site temperature screenings, wellness checks, proper face coverings and hand sanitizing will be required of all visitors over age 4.
  • This is in accordance with Sussex County government safety protocols.

    Thank you for letting us serve you while keeping your community safe.

    Current Services:

    Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
    • No appointment for browsing is needed. Please be aware that the number of people allowed to browse will be restricted due to social distancing requirements and COVID-19 regulations. 
    • Face coverings are required for all patrons ages 2+.  Patrons are encouraged to use provided hand sanitizer and to keep their visits brief to minimize community spread of COVID-19. 
    • All visitors to Sussex County facilities are required to undergo a temperature check and screening. 

    Computer Use:

    • A scheduled appointment is required for public computers. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and are sanitized after each use. Call the library to schedule. (302)539-5231
    • If you wish to use your own personal device (laptop, tablet, iPad) a computer appointment is still required.
    (lobby pickup of holds with an appointment)
    • Monday & Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm / Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm
    • Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing. 
    • Call to schedule an appointment (302)539-5231

    Items are quarantined for 72 hours after they are returned. Please disregard any overdue notices during that time span. There are no late fees through June 30, 2021.
    Speak to a friendly librarian or staff member for assistance with placing holds, digital services, reference questions and more! (302)539-5231
    Attend free, fun and educational programs for all ages via Zoom or Facebook Live. To register for South Coastal programs visit our calendar of events.
    Access eBooks online, look at your favorite magazines for free & more!
    Libraries throughout Sussex are now serving as WiFi ‘hotspots’ to provide broadband access to the community. Internet access will be available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice. To connect search for ‘Library-Outdoors’ or ‘Library Public’. We have a garden area with tables and seating for your convenience.
    Not seeing a book or DVD you need in the Delaware Library Catalog? Request your items through interlibrary loan. These items come from out-of-state and may take longer to arrive. Limit of 3 ILLs per patron at one given time. 

    Sussex County libraries resuming more operations
    Kathy Graybeal
    (302) 855-7890 / kgraybeal@sussexcountyde.gov
    Feb. 26, 2021

    “Sussex County libraries are resuming limited in-person services as Delaware
    moves past the winter surge in COVID-19 case numbers, which forced libraries
    late last fall to suspend patron visits for computer usage and other offerings.
    Beginning Monday, March 1, the three County owned libraries – Greenwood,
    Milton and South Coastal – will once again welcome the public to use computers,
    as well as browse books, in limited numbers and on select days of the week (10
    a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Greenwood and Milton; 10
    a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at South Coastal). Computer
    usage will be by-appointment only, with stations spaced and cleaned after each
    use. Guests must call ahead to reserve an appointment and will be subject to
    wellness screenings and temperature checks upon arrival. Masks will be required.

    This is the latest step in the restoration of services for libraries in Sussex County.
    Since last spring, County libraries, as well as the 11 independent facilities, have
    offered streamed story times, virtual book discussions, and a very popular
    curbside service for patrons to check out and return books, DVDs, and other
    materials. Additionally, libraries have offered free wireless broadband Internet
    service outside their facilities for the public to use. Those services remain in effect.
    All services are based on the most recent guidance from public health and
    emergency management officials, and are subject to change as conditions warrant.
    For Sussex County libraries updates, or for contact information to reach any of
    the three County libraries, visit sussexlibraries.org. As always, online resources
    are available for the public’s use at any time by visiting lib.de.us”.