Library Reopening, Aug. 31 PR information
We are open!
It may not look exactly the same, but the Library will be open to the public beginning Monday, August 31 with limited services. In our phased approach to reopening, most of the Library building will be open for collection browsing, public computer use, Wi-Fi access and our North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, with COVID-19 precautions in place. According to State regulations and CDC recommendations, patrons are asked to limit their time inside the Library building to 45 minutes and all patrons over the age of 3 must wear face coverings, utilize hand sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the building and practice social distancing while on Library property. There will be no access to study rooms, bathrooms or the lower level meeting room at this time. Access to the History Center will be by appointment only. The Library will continue to offer our popular curbside delivery for patrons who prefer contactless service.
The Library will now be open the same hours as curbside pickup: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.;
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (closed Sundays). For more information about the Library reopening see the website.
The Library has taken measures to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Hand sanitizing stations are situated at the entrances as well as throughout the building and additional cleaning will be done daily. All patrons must enter the building through the side Media entrance and exit only through the Circulation Room South Street sliding glass doors (the rear parking lot entrance will be reserved for curbside pickup). All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 72 hours and where applicable, cleaned/disinfected before being allowed to be checked out by other patrons. The Friends of the Library are not able to accept book donations at this time. 
In addition to curbside pickup, we are still offering online programs such as yoga, mindful meditation, film discussion groups, book clubs and more. The Library provides eBook, eAudio and streaming video services that patrons can use from home. A complete list of all of our online offerings are available on our website: If you are new to using anything from an online program to an eBook, just reach out to our Reference Department at or (973) 538-2592 and we can help you use them!
To help patrons who are looking for a contactless service, but miss browsing in the Library stacks, our Reference Department has set up “Curbside Concierge.” The service provides for our expert staff to suggest additional titles of different authors or series that the patron may enjoy. We have all had the experience of finishing a great book or series and not knowing where to turn next—well our staff can help by selecting possible books to try and bundling them to pick up curbside! For more information about Curbside Concierge, see our website or contact the Reference Department at (973) 538-2592 or

The Library won’t look the same in another way too! While we were closed we added a fresh coat of paint to the Circulation Room off of South Street as well as the Children’s and Young Adult areas on the second floor. Since we were closed anyway, we took the time (and after the Governor allowed construction projects to resume) to paint when no patrons would be in the building. We were planning for a repainting of the entire building anyway over several years as we worked with a color consultant to come up with colors from the renovated 1917 Reference Room that we could connect throughout the building. Come in and have a look!

Please stay informed about any changes to our plans by following updates on our website at