LIBRARY HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 pm | Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Services & Programs During COVID-19



5 August 2021

The CDC determined that Otsego County is an area of substantial risk for the transmission of COVID-19 on 3 August 2021. The CDC and the Otsego County Department of Health recommend that all people (vaccinated or not) wear a mask when indoors in public buildings. HML will again require that masks are worn when entering the library.

26 June 2021

The Book Sale is back! We’re starting with a collection of cook books so come on over to browse the vestibule. Hardcovers for $1.00 and paperbacks for $.50. You can also donate books to the library but please remember that we only take material in good condition. We do not accept magazines, Reader’s Digest, textbooks or VHS and cassette tapes.

15 June 2021

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that NYS has vaccinated 70% of adults (at least one dose) and he is eliminating many restrictions on businesses and social gatherings. He also states that unvaccinated individuals are responsible for maintaining a social distance of six feet and must continue to wear appropriate face masks, per the CDC guidelines. The library will also be open for patrons to use laptops, and public computer use will be extended to one hour.

19 May 2021

HML will continue to require masks to enter the library. We serve a vulnerable population (unvaccinated children) and wearing masks is the best way to protect them. The Governor exempted public places like schools and subways when the ban was lifted so we feel that public libraries should follow the same directives. Thank you for your patience as we strive to do the best we can during difficult circumstances.


We’re living through an experience that will probably happen only once in our lifetimes. HML wants to capture and archive Oneonta’s personal stories about the Pandemic of 2020. We want to hear about your daily life with its challenges and rewards. Someday, your great grandchildren will come to the library and be able to read your first-hand account. Help us create the 2020 Pandemic Archive. Donate your journal (or a copy) OR tell us about your experiences during the 2020 Pandemic in the Pandemic Survey.

The library building is open without appointments but with limited capacity. Please follow the guidelines to keep your neighbors safe.

Policies and Protocols during the Pandemic

A Temporary Safety Policy is in place to keep patrons and staff safe when we are open again. We thank you for your cooperation.

A Re-opening Plan has been developed based on guidance from state officials and health departments. This document was created in coordination with the Four County Library System’s Steering Committee.

The Library Pandemic Response Plan is a general document that will guide the library in the current and future pandemics.

New York Forward required all businesses to draft a COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan in the spring of 2020. It defines safety protocols for people, places, and process.

New York State began to categorize areas of the state into clusters based on the number of new cases, hospitalization rate, and available hospital beds. The Libraries drafted a 4CLS Cluster Action Plan to respond based on the severity of the clusters in our areas.

The Governor slowly moved away from the cluster initiative so the library created a Post Cluster Plan to guide in making decisions about services based on the number of new cases and current cases in the county.

Using the Library

Curbside Pick-up

Holds can be picked up at any time without an appointment. The automated library system has restored notifications so you will receive either a text message or email, depending on how you set up your account. Please remember that only 1 person or 1 family group can enter the vestibule at a time.

Computer Use

You may use a computer for a single 1 hour session each day. Drop in to see if one is available or call to reserve a computer at 607.432.1980.


You can enter the library to browse the collection at your convenience. When entering the library, remember to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, immediately wash your hands or use the hand sanitizer and refrain from touching your face. We welcome you back!

Returning Library Materials

Library materials can be returned in the library or the outside Book Return boxes. The CDC stated that the possibility of transmitting the virus through materials is negligible so library materials are no longer being quarantined beginning in late March 2021.

Library WiFi

Although our building is open only for brief browsing and computer appoints, our Wifi is available for anyone to use. It is boosted to include the front yard of the library so bring a lawn chair and connect to the internet.

HML Resources & Programs

We are doing all we can at HML to continue to provide services to the community while we are closed.

Tech Help: Digital Device Call-In Hours

Every Wednesday from 6:45 – 7:45 pm, you can call (607) 386-1465 to get help with your tech questions. We do ask that you limit calls to questions that can be solved in 15 minutes or less, so that we can be available to help as many patrons as possible.

Online Programs

This year, library programs are available online.

  • Check out the Adult Programs page for all of our activities and programs.
  • Check out the Youth Programs page for a list of all the awesome programs kids can participate in from home!

Online Services

Digital Collection

Don’t forget that your HML card gets you access to tons of digital media!
Click here to learn more.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily available to remote users. Just click here and enter your library card number.


Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay CONNECTED!

Check out our blog post full of resources for staying connected with family and friends while social distancing.

COVID-19 STEAM Survival Guide

Bridget has put together a list of STEAM activities and online learning resources to help you keep STEAMing Ahead at home
Share how you’re learning at home with the hashtag #hmlsteam on Facebook and Instagram!

Important Phone Numbers & Websites

  • NYS Department of Health Website
    • Coronavirus Hotline: 888-364-3065
    • Lists confirmed cases by county, all NYS measures to slow the spread of the virus, and more helpful resources
  • Bassett Hotline: 607-547-5555
    • Call this number if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You will be evaluated over the phone to determine if an in-person visit is necessary.
    • Take the Bassett Healthcare Coronavirus Screener quiz if you suspect you may have the virus.
  • COVID-19 Oneonta Area Resources
    • Google spreadsheet created by community members listing all kinds of resources, from online education activities to folks willing to pick up your groceries