Here's the official Press Release from the Berkshire Athenaeum and the City of Pittsfield:

The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, is ramping up its on-site offerings to meet patron needs while ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

The library is allowing limited numbers of patrons into the building for browsing and computer use and holds pickup without an appointment, as well as curbside pickup with an appointment. At this time, lounge seating is unavailable, and all visits are limited to a one-hour maximum.

All visitors are required to wear a mask for the entirety of their visit, as well as follow social distancing and hygiene protocols.

The hours of operation are as follows:

 Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Tuesday/Thursday – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 Saturday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please note the first hour of each day, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., is intended for at-risk populations, says Library Director Alex Reczkowski.

“It’s important to us to create an environment where everyone can feel safe using the library,” Reczkowski. “Having the first hour dedicated to our seniors or people who are immunocompromised provides a safe option for those who are particularly limiting social contact.”

Weather permitting, patrons can access the “Technology Terrace” which is accessible from the Wendell Avenue parking lot. This feature will allow visitors access to computers and printing without having to enter the building.

Those visiting the Children’s Library or picking up children’s materials should enter through the Children’s Terrace; two families are allowed to browse at a time.

Those visiting Adult Services (for computers or browsing) should enter through the Wendell Avenue entrance; 20 visitors are allowed to browse or use the computers at a time.

Those visiting the Young Adult Department should enter through the Wendell Avenue entrance; five young adults are allowed to browse or use the computers at a time.

Those wishing to visit the Local History Department or Special Collections can make an appointment by emailing or calling 413-499-9480.

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