MONTCLAIR, NJ - Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Montclair Public Library will be closed to the public, Library officials announced Friday. They informed the public that the decision to close arose out of concerns for the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Library Director Peter D. Coyl, said, "We understand the impact this will have on many in our community who rely on us and our services, but we believe it is the responsible and prudent action to take. We tentatively anticipate reopening sometime during the week of March 30. We will provide notice of our reopening on our website, social media channels, and through our email newsletter."
The entire letter is below:
Dear Library Users:
The Montclair Public Library will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We understand the impact this will have on many in our community who rely on us and our services, but we believe it is the responsible and prudent action to take. We tentatively anticipate reopening sometime during the week of March 30. We will provide notice of our reopening on our website, social media channels, and through our email newsletter.
Here is what you need to know:
- All programs, classes, outreach, and events are cancelled.
- The Montclair Literary Festival, scheduled for March 25-29, has been postponed with a tentative reschedule date of Saturday, September 12.
- All items will have their due dates extended; we don’t charge late fees, so please do not worry. If you do happen to get a late fee in error, let us know and we’ll be happy to fix it.
- Customers will be unable to place new holds on materials. Holds that are currently available but not picked up will be available after we reopen.
- Our book drops will be locked; please do not return items to the library or leave them outside the building.
- Our staff will be providing virtual help through our chat service on our website as well as answering email. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or need help from our Librarians.
- Virtual story time will be offered by staff. We’ll send information through our newsletter “Off the Shelf” as well as post on our social media.
- We have a host of electronic resources that you can use to check out ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and stream movies as well as learn a language online.
- If you are a student, we offer a number of services for homework and test preparation.
- The Library will be professionally cleaned by a bio-decontamination company before we reopen to the public.
We ask our users to wash their hands frequently and follow CDC instructions on preventing the spread of illness and receive accurate information on this health crisis from reputable sources
We encourage customers to turn to reliable, factual information about the virus from reputable government and medical officials, including the New Jersey Department of Health. The NJ State Library also has an invaluable resource page that you may find helpful.
Additional information to help understand coronavirus and the situation can be found in the following articles:
- How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
- Information is Beautiful Infographics
The Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 pm will be held as previously announced. Members of the public wishing to attend should enter the Library through the cafe space doors, which will be open after 6:30 pm.
We wish our users well and look forward to serving you when we are able to reopen.
Peter D. Coyl, MLIS (he/him)
Director | Montclair Public Library
Trustee | Freedom to Read Foundation