EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —As life starts to return to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) is finding new ways to provide services to library cardholders.

“The library is following a phased reopening recommended by a statewide library task force,” said Melissa Kuzma, interim library director. “Each week, our goal is to provide new services for customers while we deploy safety measures to keep library visitors and staff safe.”

On July 15, the library begins offering computer use appointments. Customers will be allowed to enter the library to use a computer for a thirty-minute session. Reservation is by appointment only by calling 732-390-6767. This service is only available to East Brunswick Public Library cardholders and East Brunswick residents.

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“We are offering computers access to our customers as a courtesy while we reopen the library,” said Kuzma. “Customers are required to sanitize the computer equipment with cleaning materials we provide. They will be limited to just the computer section, and they are not allowed anywhere else in the building.”

This is one of the many ways East Brunswick Public Library has found ways to serve its customers.

The library’s librarians are available to answer reference questions virtually. They can be reached by telephone at 732-350-6767. On the library’s website, www.ebpl.org, they can submit their questions by a form or use the new reference chatbox. Virtual reference is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm; and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturday reference services are by phone and chat only.

The library also started the new “Reference in the Park” service. Library staff is stationed outside the building in a tent to answer quick questions about library services. “Reference in the Park” is available on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This service is available, weather permitting.

“Our customers asked very early into the pandemic about curbside pickup,” Kuzma added. “It has been extremely popular since we launched it this past June.”

East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can place library materials on hold by using the online catalog (available at www.ebpl.org) or by calling the library at 732-390-6767. Once the materials are available, they will be instructed to contact the library to schedule a curbside pickup appointment.

Curbside pickup is available by appointment only. Curbside pick up is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm; and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The library’s book and media drops are also available to return library materials. Customers can return items  Mondays at 8:00 am through Saturdays at 8:00 pm. The book drops are closed Saturday night through Monday morning. Lendable kits cannot be returned at this time.

“On behalf of the library, I would like to thank our customers for their patience as we’ve resumed library services. The best way to learn about these new services is to visit our website, www.ebpl.org, and to follow us on social media,” said Kuzma.