SPARTA, NJ – After weeks of no activity, the Sparta Library is preparing to serve patrons once again. Beginning Monday, June 22 they will begin curbside service, according to an announcement by Library Director David Costa.
"We are very happy to be moving forward with our reopening plan," Costa said. "It is a difficult time for all of our patrons and we realize that each time we can do a little more for them is a great thing. We still are encouraging people to use our web page to utilize our electronic services but now physical items are the focus of this announcement."
Patrons will have to first visit the library website or app to place the items they want on hold. A library employee will then contact the patron to set up an appointment for pickup.
At the scheduled appointment time, patrons are ask call 973-729-3101 once they are at the curb and then open their trunk. Library staff will then checkout the requested materials, bring them out to the car and place them in the open trunk.
Anyone walking to the library should call when they arrive and the items will be placed on the front porch.
Residents returning materials to the library should have them in the trunk. The staff will retrieve them and bring them back into the library. The book drop and media drop are also available.
All returns will be quarantined for a day. They will be removed from patrons’ accounts after the quarantine period.
The Inter-library loan is not yet available, throughout the state. The items should be returned but no new requests will be able to be made.
The Sparta library is not currently accepting donations. They refer anyone wishing to donate items to bring them to the Karen Ann Quinlan hospice building in Newton, according to Costa’s announcement.
“We realize many patrons wish to come into our facility and use computers, browse our collections or sit and use WiFi,” Costa said. “The governor’s executive notice does not allow for the public to enter the building at this time. We are working to get the library ready for public access.”
While the governor's executive order allowed for libraries to begin serving patrons on Monday, June 15, this announcement took the library staff by surprise, according to Costa. They were anticipating two weeks notice, based on the governor's past actions.
Beginning Monday, June 22 Library curbside pickup hours will be:
- Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon.