While the Governor gave permission for libraries to open in a very limited fashion starting July 2nd, New Jersey libraries are individually responsible for choosing when and how they are able to open in a manner that is safest for their community. Opening to the public presents a variety of challenges for which we needed time to plan and put into place all-new policies and procedures in order to keep our patrons and our staff safe.
Please check our website and/or social media sites for updates on this plan as we move forward with our opening process, heading into Phase 4.
We continue to offer contactless pickup Monday-Saturday. You may request items by phone or email. When you arrive for pickup, we will ask you to show some form of ID through the glass at the front window; a photo ID will be fine if you do not have your library card.
In addition to our pickup service, we offer access to the library by appointment Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 7:45 pm, Thursdays from 10 am to 4:45 pm, Fridays from 10 am-4:45 pm and Saturdays from 10 to 12:45. By making an appointment, you will have the ability to browse the shelves to see what is available and checkout directly from staff, whereas contactless pickup offers you the option of books that you select in advance, without entering the building.
Along with offering appointments to browse the adult book collection, we also offer appointments for families to browse in the Children’s Area or the Teen Area and appointments for computer use and/or WiFi use. Printing, faxing, and scanning services are all available. Due to distancing concerns, staff will only be able to offer limited assistance on the computers and with other tasks.
All appointments will start on the hour (10 am, 11 am, etc.) and last for a maximum of 45 minutes, although you are welcome to use less than the allotted time. At a quarter to the next hour, all patrons will be asked to finish their tasks and exit the building so that staff may have a few minutes to clean all surfaces for the next visitors, wash their hands, change their gloves, and so on.
To make an appointment to visit the library for any of the reasons above, please call the library at 856-858-0649.
We will continue to have staff available from Monday-Saturday to answer phone calls and emails, help with reference questions, provide technical assistance with our digital collections, offer reading suggestions, and share the details of our online and in-person programs.
See our updated Reopening Policies here.
We look forward to seeing each of you when you are ready to visit!