Cortland Free Library announces reopening date

This is a press release from the Cortland Free Library.

Cortland Free Library is excited to announce that we will be reopening to the public starting Monday, July 20th. This represents the third stage in our phased reopening as we strive to safely provide increased services and opportunities to the community. Starting then, we will be operating within the following hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 to 5:30; Saturday 9:30 to 1:30.

You will be able to choose from three main options when using the library:

  1. Grab & Go: Contactless pickup will be available for all holds, no appointment needed. When your holds are ready, visit the Church Street entrance for adult and teen materials and the Court Street entrance for children’s items and all holds containing children’s items. Just grab and go!
  2. Browse Books: Step 1: Enter at Church or Court Street. Step 2: Take a colored, numbered key, or wait until one becomes available. Step 3: Browse (please try to only touch what you plan to take!) Step 4: Checkout and return the key. We will disinfect keys between uses.
  3. Computer Appointments: Book an appointment to use a computer for an hour. Visit or call us at (607) 753-1042 to sign up.

Please note that everyone over the age of two must wear a mask or face covering to enter the library. Please remember to practice physical distancing as well.

Returning items: Please continue to return items in the book drop on Court Street, which is unlocked 24/7. We are not accepting donations at this time.

Ebooks and audiobooks: As always, if you prefer to use the library from home, you can still borrow ebooks and audiobooks by visiting

Virtual programming continues! Join us for virtual book clubs, webinars, storytimes, and more. Visit and follow Cortland Free Library on Instagram and Facebook for updates. Call us at (607) 753-1042 (adult services) or (607) 753-1043 (youth services).

About the Cortland Free Library

A non-profit (501c3) association library with roots dating back to 1886, the Cortland Free Library was chartered by the NYS Department of Education in 1925. Today its chartered service area includes the City of Cortland, Town of Cortlandville, and Town of Virgil. Regulated by New York State with oversight from a volunteer Board of Trustees, the library’s mission is to provide the people of the Cortland area and the patrons of the Finger Lakes Library System with information, materials and programs that educate, inspire, enrich, entertain and inform. The library also promotes the tools, skills and techniques for literacy development, language skill acquisition, lifelong learning, recreation, and research. And, finally, the library has evolved into a community center for cultural initiatives, community gatherings and public discourse. Funded through an annual library tax, an endowment, grants, charitable contributions, and support from the Friends of the Cortland Free Library,  -- the Cortland Free Library is also an architectural treasure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been carefully expanded and renovated (as funds allow) to enhance the institution's offerings, improve sustainability, and increase accessibility. More information can be found on the library's website at

(Photo from the Cortland Free Library).