Phased Library Reopening Plan – Learn more about Book Returns

Phase 2: Returns by Appointment Starting July 7

The Library Board of Directors has been working on a safe and effective phased reopening plan, in accordance with the Governor’s office. Please note that starting July 7, the Library will begin Phase 2, the collection of checked out materials by appointment. Phase 3, a date for which has not been set, will involve the contactless curbside pick-up of library materials. In order to ensure the safety of the public and the staff, the return of checked out materials will be conducted in the following manner: 

  • All patrons with checked out materials will receive instructions by email on when and how they can return materials in order to manage the number of returns. Please DO NOT return materials until contacted by library staff. The book drop will remain closed until further notice.
  • All items currently on loan have a due date of August 1. Fines will begin accruing on August 3. 
  • Once returned, materials will remain in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours, in accordance with guidelines developed by the American Library Association.
  • Returned items will remain on the cardholder’s account during the quarantine period. Items will be backdated upon check-in to reflect the date that they were actually returned.
  • The library will not accept book donations until further notice.
  • Please note, the Library and Borough Hall building WILL NOT BE OPEN to the public at this time, but we need to start collecting your materials so that we can prepare for curbside pick-up. 

We encourage patrons who are willing to continue primarily using our digital collection while we work on polishing our curbside pick-up process.

June 20:

Our library staff has been working tirelessly on a multiphase reopening plan with guidance from the New Jersey State Library, American Library Association, health officials and CDC. Phases 2 and 3 will be presented for consideration to the Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 25.

As we move forward, numerous uncertainties remain. However, we do know the return to our building will not be a return to a pre-pandemic environment. Decisions about how and when to move to the next phase will depend on current health and safety guidelines and the availability and procurement of PPE. The health, safety and well-being of our staff and patrons remain top priority.

In the meantime, please continue to keep your materials at home and check out our wide variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks, virtual programs, and more. Fines are waived until further notice.