WESTFIELD, NJ —Town residents will have to show identification and won’t be able to stay for more than an hour when the local library reopens for in-person browsing and borrowing next week.

Following its prolonged COVID-19 closure — one that was extended when the building’s heating system failed earlier this year — the Westfield Memorial Library will open on Monday, April 26, for town residents to borrow materials in-person and to use some of the library’s services, the library announced Monday.

To keep the public and the staff safe, the following rules are in place, the library said:

  • In-person visits will be open to Westfield Residents only. Patrons who want to enter the building must provide driver’s license or full-service (white) library card. They will not be permitted in the building without ID.
  • All patrons must wear a mask, including children age 2 and Up.
  • All children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • People who feel sick should stay home.

Patrons will be allowed a one-hour visit to browse throughout the Library and check out materials. Computer access will be permitted for one half-hour session.

No tables and chairs will be available, and there will be no restroom access.

Curbside service and the ability to place Holds for Curbside service 24/7 will continue.

In-person visit and curbside pickup hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. — 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Patrons will be able to drop return items in the inside book bin or in the outside book drops. Outside book drops will be open for returns round-the-clock.

The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

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