Library Update

Hello Everyone,

Bernardsville Library is open with limited capacity. To promote the health and safety of our patrons and staff, there are some changes in our building and to our services.

The library layout has changed to encourage social distancing. That means fewer tables, chairs, and computers. You’ll also notice new Plexiglas fixtures installed at our circulation and children’s desks, and a new desk in the vestibule which will facilitate our Grab and Go! service.

Patrons are expected to abide by all library, local and state rules governing health and safety. This includes maintaining six (6) feet of social distance, honoring the demarcations on the floors, and the proper use of face masks (which should cover the nose and mouth) for everyone over two years old. Children under the age of 15 years may not be in the library unless under the constant, direct supervision of an adult caregiver who is 21 years or older. Rules governing the use of the library are visibly posted and are subject to change at any time due to the rapidly changing regulatory environment and facts on the ground.

Hand sanitizer is available around the library to clean hands, and wipes are available at the Circulation desk to clean surfaces. If you are sick or have a fever, please postpone your visit the library until you are well.

Open Hours

The building is open to the public as follows:
Monday, 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm
Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
We also answer telephones from 10 am – 5 pm on Wednesdays and from 2 pm – 5 pm on Thursdays.

Services

While a few chairs and tables remain, due to our limited capacity we are encouraging patrons to select material from the stacks and check their items out as expeditiously as possible. In order to maintain proper social distancing, we have initially reduced our patron computers to four. Chromebooks are also available for use inside the building.

Some high touch services, like photocopying and scanning, are not available for self-service to patrons until further notice. Staff will be available to help with these services when necessary.

Our popular curbside service is now Grab and Go! There is a desk in the vestibule for a staff member who also monitors building capacity and mask wearing, and hands out bathroom keys. Patrons Grab and Go! by placing holds using our catalog (usually a 24-hour turnaround) or by calling (48-hour+ turnaround). When your items are ready, you’ll get a call and an email. With Grab and Go! you can pick up your items any time the building is open. Call 908-720-8722 from your car and pick up your materials in the library vestibule.

Book Returns
Books are quarantined for three days after they are returned. Please return all books and other library materials to the book drop.

Fines, Fees and Due Dates
Our regular loan periods and due dates are in effect. You can find information about our loan periods by clicking here.

We looking forward to welcoming you at the Library!

Alexandria Arnold
Executive Director