Curbside Pickup is
available!
Monday - Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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What To Expect When You Arrive:
Adjusted Hours

The Bristol Public Library and its Avoca branch are open to the public with new operating hours.
We are delighted to be able to serve you in-house and in-person again.  To keep each other safe there will be new guidelines and safety precautions in place:

Main Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Avoca Branch Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Jones Creativity Center Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Social Distancing Precautions
  • Parents and Adults wear a mask to protect others
  • Library visits can last up to an hour
  • Small groups encouraged
  • Respect others with 6 feet of social distancing
Public Meeting & Programming Changes:
  • Seating areas are spread out for extra distance
  • We welcome computer use up to 60 minutes with one login
  • Meeting/study rooms will return soon
Curbside Pickup FAQ
How do I place and pick up holds using curbside pickup?

The Bristol Public Library is offering curbside pickup of materials put on hold. Between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, patrons will be able to pick up holds they have placed using our online catalog.

  • Place your hold in our online catalog, or email circ@bristol-library.org  or call 276-645-8780 if you have item requests. Requests made after 3:00 PM may not be fulfilled until the next business day.
  • Please wait until you receive an email, text or phone call confirming your hold is ready for pick up
  • Arrive at the library and pull to the book drop (located around the back side of the building)
  • Wait in your vehicle with your driver's license or identification ready and call 276-645-8780 to let us know you are here, ready to pick up your items
  • Staff will place your items in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle
Can I return library items?

Yes, you can return your items in the book drop.

Is the Avoca Branch library also offering curbside pickup?

Yes, Avoca is also offering curbside service.

  • Place your hold in our online catalog, or email avoca@bristol-library.org  or call 276-645-7506 if you have item requests
  • Please wait until you receive an email, text or phone call confirming your hold is ready for pick up
  • Arrive at the library and pull to the front entrance
  • Wait in your vehicle with your driver's license or identification ready and call 276-645-7506 to let us know you are here, ready to pick up your items
  • Staff will place your items in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle
  • If you have any questions about the process, please call 276-645-7506
Do I need a library account to receive items through curbside pickup?

Yes, a library account is required.

If you do not have a library account, call 276-821-6133 and we will set up a temporary account for you.

Can I place a hold on books from other libraries?

Before placing a item on hold from another library, contact that other library to ensure that the library is open and  transferring items for holds.

Can you fax or print something for me?

We are not offering fax services or wireless printing at this time.

We can print PDF files that you email to reference@bristol-library.org. You can pick up your prints curbside, and we will charge your account for the items.

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The November 19th meeting of the Bristol Public Library Board of Trustees will be held via Zoom @ 4:00 PM