The Riverhead library's main floor. File photo: Denise Civiletti

(Updated- 6:13 p.m.) Riverhead Free Library will close its doors after all.

The library will be closed from Sunday, March 15 through Saturday March 21, library director Kerrie McMullen-Smith said in a statement this afternoon.

The decision was made out of concern for public health, she said.

It reverses a decision to remain open previously announced by the library. Nearly all programs and group activities had already been canceled.

No fines will be charged for any items due during the time that the library remains closed, according to the statement. Library cards due to expire soon have been renewed through June 30.

“With your library card, you can visit RFL’s website 24 hours a day to access resources and services, including databases, Universal Class and Brainfuse for homework help,” McMullen-Smith said. “You can use Overdrive to download ebooks, visit Flipster to read a magazine or Kanopy to download a movie,” the library said in the statement.

Check the library’s website or call l 631-727-3228 for updates regarding the library’s hours of operation. Email questions to [email protected]

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