Library Takeout is now available for patrons of the Canastota Public Library. Patrons of the library can reserve books, DVDs and other materials by calling the library at (315) 697-7030, messaging the library via their Facebook page or by emailing the library at

The Midyork online catalog will be ready to take patron holds beginning Monday, June 15th. As all interlibrary loans have been suspended for now, patrons will have to select the Canastota Public Library to access the Canastota Collection.

Don’t know what you’d like to read? Librarian Specials will be available using an online form on our website. Patrons can fill out the form, offering us the ingredients for your favorite read and our librarians will whip up a recipe that includes books based on your favorite genres and authors.

The library will notify you when your Library Takeout Order is ready. You will then be able to set up an appointment to pick up your materials at the library. All patrons who are coming to pick up materials must wear a mask. When you arrive at the parking lot, call the library and when staff arrive at your vehicle, show them your Library ID card. Staff will then deposit your materials in your trunk or back seat, maintaining safe distancing guidelines. You will not have contact with staff as your items will already be checked out and your receipt will be included with your borrowed materials.

All returned items must be put in the library’s book drop box. After their return to the library, all materials are quarantined for at least 72 hours before they are available to the community. That means the materials will not be removed from the patron’s account for up to a week. We do not charge late fees for overdue items.

The library is not open to the public yet. We are working diligently to install more safety equipment, reconfigure our spaces and create new pathways to move inside our building. We want to ensure that we are following all CDC and local health department guidelines for a safe opening. When we do open to the public, we may need to limit the number of people in the library at a given time and social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Patrons will be required to wear masks in the library for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions, please let us know by calling us at (315) 697-7030 or emailing us at Staff is available at the library Monday through Friday from 9am – 8pm and Saturdays from 9am until 1pm. The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota. Together, we will move forward while keeping our community safe and healthy!

By martha

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