East Haven’s Hagaman Memorial Library adds new computer lab, outdoor Wi-Fi

September 21, 2020 By [email protected]_84 Off

EAST HAVEN — Need a quick download or need to send a file in a hurry? Stop by the library.

As the Hagaman Memorial Library continues to reopen to the public, it is expanding its computer services — adding a new computer lab and extending the library’s public Wi-Fi network outside the library building.


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It also is expanding its curbside reserved material delivery hours.

Library services and the library building remain open on a limited basis because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the library is continually working to offer increased services, Library Director Bruce George said in a release.

Public Wi-Fi now is available 24 hours a day both in front of the library building facing Main Street and in the side and rear parking lots, George said.

“Outside Wi-Fi antennae have been installed covering the front of library building and … the side and back parking lot areas of the building,” George said. “Connecting to the outside Wi-Fi is easy on the library grounds or while being parked in a vehicle in the library’s parking lot. “

Beginning Thursday, the library will open a computer lab — available through reservation — in the lower-level DeMayo Room, which is accessible through the rear entrance of the library building, the release said.

The lab’s hours will be Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-7 p.m.

People who want to use the computers need to make reservations 24 hours in advance by calling the library at 203-468-3890. Reservations will be taken in advance of its opening on Thursday.

Scheduled computer sessions are for 75 minutes, George said. The library discourages walk-in use of the lab without an advance reservation. Walk-ins will be allowed as the lab reservation schedule of that day permits, or individuals will need to reschedule for another day if the lab is full.

When using the computer lab, facemasks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed, he said. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted. The exception is for a parent to be present with a child for a homework assignment or for a constructive purpose.

The library’s water coolers and restrooms will not be available.

The computer lab will permit limited scheduling of the library’s public access Wi-Fi network. Patrons are encouraged to use the outside public Wi-Fi network.

The library has a printer that patrons with laptops or mobile devices may use. There is a cost involved for printing copies. Instructions need to be requested from the library on how to do this.

Beginning Thursday, the library’s curbside services will include morning hours, the release said. The hours for curbside services hours are: Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Patrons now will be able to pick up curbside reserved materials in the morning, as well as arrange to have photocopying and faxing done in the morning.

Beginning Saturday, curbside and computer lab services also will be available on Saturdays, and will continue each Saturday until the end of the year.

The Hagaman Memorial Library is offering virtual programming online for all ages. Check the library’s events calendar at www.hagamanlibrary.org/calendar for all the virtual programming the library is offering. In addition, the library’s website, www.hagamanlibrary.org, is a 24/7 operation.

With a library card, patrons have free access to eBooks, emagazines, audiobooks, music, streaming video, online research, and much more, the release said.

For additional information, contact the library at 203-468-3890.

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