SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Library is preparing to allow patrons inside, but they are not quite ready yet.  Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 157 allows library to open July 2, but this permission comes with a number of requirements for the safety of staff and patrons.

Library Director David Costa said they are “not in position to do so in accordance with all of the guidelines that outline what must be done to open.”

Residents do not have to go without their library, however.  Curbside service continues to be available for patrons to get physical materials, including books, DVDs and CDs.  Library patrons can access these items by placing them on hold through the website.

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The patrons can use the library’s website or app to put the item they want on hold.  A library employee will then contact the patron to set up an appointment for pickup. When the patron arrives at the library they will be asked to call 973-729-3101 and open their trunk. The library staff will check out the materials and put them in the trunk.

Anyone walking to the library should call when they arrive and the materials will be placed on the trunk.

Costa said library patrons can also access digital materials, resources ad virtual programs.

They are expecting to open the library to have patrons inside “mid-July.”

“Once those measures are in place we will be happy to have patrons visit us in person once again,” Costa said.