NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -The director of the New Brunswick Public Library has announced it will be closed at least through Sunday March 22.

The move comes after Gov. Phil Murphy urged the cancelation of all gatherings of 250 or more people. His office has also stressed residents exercise social distancing, or staying six feet apart from others at all times.

Director Robert Belvin said in a statement that the library will continue to provide services such as telephone and online reference and reader’s advisory, renewing materials and library cards over the phone, and help with electronic resources such as providing pins and explaining how to download apps and materials,.

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He said it will also continue to offer virtual story times, book club programing, adult learning workshops, craft tutorials, telephone and online homework help, and Facetime career help.

The due dates of any books or other materials still outstanding will be extended. Items may also be returned to the library book return.

The library is also setting up a little library that will offer books that have been donated. It works on the take one - bring one back basis and will be set up on the library's porch.

New Brunswick Library cards are still good at partnering libraries. For a list, check https://www.lmxac.org/info/library-status/

Residents should call those libraries to check their hours and status.