ELIZABETH, NJ — Beginning Thursday the Elizabeth Public Library will be rolling back to stage two of the reopening plan.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Union County and across the country has continued to shoot up in the past few weeks. EPL entered stage three of the reopening plan in late July.  Since then, residents have been able to enter the library building for 45-minute sessions with a mask and maintaining social distancing.

With the return of stage two, residents will no longer be allowed inside the library branches; instead, there will be some curbside services available. At the Main Library and Elmora branches curbside book pick-up is going to resume Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Main Library branch residents can also take advantage of mobile printing.

All of the virtual services and programs that EPL had been offering will continue to operate. Librarians will still be able to answer questions by phone or by live chat on the EPL website. The programs on Zoom and Facebook and any virtual remote library services will continue to operate.