BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Public Library is beginning to offer additional services to residents as some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted by Governor Murphy. The library has begun to accept returns of materials via book drop, with book drops open 24 hours a day. Books from any BCCLS Library may be returned to the library's book drops.

“Our librarians have been working hard throughout the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that residents still have access to the outstanding services that our library provides,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I am pleased to see that they are now able to start offering additional services which will help us make it through this time indoors. I encourage all Bloomfield residents that have not been taking advantage of all that our library has to offer to do so now.” 

The library is asking that residents not return hotspots or museum passes at this time. All due dates for these items have been extended and no fines will be incurred. As a safety precaution all returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours, after which time they will be checked in. 

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Grab & Go pickup will be available starting June 22. All patrons will be required to wear a mask and keep six feet apart during pickup. Residents will be able to pick up their pre-bagged, pre-checked materials at the main library lobby during the following hours: 

Mondays, 1:00pm-3:45pm and 5:00pm-7:30pm 

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-12:45pm and 2:00pm-4:30pm

Patrons may request materials via BCCLS online catalog, via live chat on the library website at www.bplnj.org, by email to Bloocirc@bccls.org, or by calling the Library at 973-566-6200. Only Bloomfield-owned items will be available and only to Bloomfield Library cardholders. 

The library will continue to provide online services, including eBooks, live chat, databases, virtual programs for children and adults and will soon be launching a summer reading program.