Inclement Weather Policy

In order to fulfill its mission of public service the Hubbard Memorial Library (The Library) will make every reasonable effort to open to the public as scheduled, consistent with safe access for the public and staff.

Inclement weather can cause transportation problems and locally hazardous conditions with possible power outages.  The Library will close, delay opening or close ahead of schedule when the weather becomes hazardous to the health and/or safety of the public and/or library staff.  Emergency/inclement weather closings will be authorized by the Director and/or the Board of Library Trustees.

The decision to close, postpone opening or close early due to inclement weather will be made by the Director in conjunction with the Library Trustee Chairperson and actual observed local weather conditions.  National or Massachusetts weather service advisories concerning travel during storm conditions will always be followed.

If the Ludlow Public School system chooses to close for a day, the Hubbard Memorial Library will also be closed.  If there is a delay in opening for the Ludlow Public School system, The Library will also observe a delay in opening.  If severe weather and/or emergency conditions arise during the day and The Library is to close early, library patrons already in the building will be notified immediately.

The public will be notified of closing or changes in hours of operation through Local TV station and The Library’s Facebook page.

When The Library is closed, patrons can manage their accounts online, access library databases / streaming media, and use the Libby mobile app to check out e-materials.

Amended by the Board of Trustees: 3/21