BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Public Library staff members are now fulfilling requests for books, audiobooks and DVDs through E-Street Pickup, its new contactless, curbside service.

Library patrons can request materials by phone, email or online and then schedule a time to pick up their order at the rear of the library — in its parking lot on E Street, just around the corner from the main entrance at 517 10th Avenue. The curbside service is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We here at the Belmar Public Library are excited to start serving our patrons again in a safe, contactless manner,” said librarian assistant Luis Pulido. “However, it’s important for everyone to understand that we are in a new normal, and the library will be operating with limited services as we reopen in phases.”

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The library also has a limited supply of cloth face masks for adults and children, mask ear extenders and face shields, created and donated by Sharon Russell-Fowler, and Patricia and John Hutchinson. The Belmar residents have been part of a corps of volunteers producing thousands of personal protection items for the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Russell-Fowler, who also serves as president of the library board of trustees, made some masks from a newsprint-themed fabric and a few with Dr. Seuss — just for the kids if they need a mask for E-Street Pickup.

Here is how E Street Pickup works:

Place your order by calling the library at 732-681-0775 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by emailing library@belmar.com or visiting its website by clicking here and completing an online form at anytime, 24/7. 

Once the order is received, availability of your requested materials will be checked, and the order will be confirmed by phone or email with a scheduled time for pickup in the library parking lot.

You can either call or text the library upon your arrival, and a library staff member — wearing a mask and gloves for everyone’s safety — will deliver your order contact-free, placing it in the back seat or truck of your vehicle.

If you're coming on foot or bicycle, please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing of six foot at all times.

Loaned materials can be returned at any time by placing them in the drop box located in the front of the library or when you’re picking up a new order during curbside pickup hours.

All returned items will be held in a 72-hour quarantine before being made available for loan again.

The service is available to Belmar Public Library permanent card holders only. Obtaining a free card or converting a temporary one can be done — with a valid identification/proof of residency — when making a curbside request.

The library will continue to be closed to the public and no one will be allowed entry. As a result, printing, copying, faxing and computer access are not available at this time.

To learn more about E-Street Pickup, visit the library’s website by clicking here.

 

GO VIRTUAL THROUGH THE BELMAR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Belmar Public Library continues to offer The 24/7 Virtual Library, the go-to place for digital online services, including:

  • eLibraryNJ, a downloadable digital media collection provided by libraries in central New Jersey.
  • Ebsco LearningExpress Library, a service of the New Jersey State Library that is organized into target learning centers to improve core skills, pass the GED, prepare for college, find job, join the military, become a U.S. citizen and much more.
  • Flipster, an easy-to-use digital newsstand where best-selling periodicals are accessible by computer, tablet or mobile phone.
  • Rosetta Stone to learn a new language.
  • Medici.tv, the world’s leading for classical music.
  • The New York Times (72-hour access).

To learn more about The 24/7 Virtual Library, visit the library’s website by clicking here.

 

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