BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Public Library will close its doors to the public at its 290 Plainfield Ave. location at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. The next day, Tuesday, Dec. 5, the staff will begin to take the steps necessary to move to a temporary home at 110 Roosevelt Ave., otherwise known as the Little Flower Church Rectory. No date was given for the move into the library's temporary home.
The announcement of the closing was made today, Tuesday, Nov. 28, by the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Heights Public Library. The ordinance approving the sale of the library and the purchase of the property at 110 Roosevelt Ave. was approved at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Township Council.
“The library has been in discussion with the township for months regarding moving the library” to the rectory. “These discussions with the township to reach a formal, written agreement have just concluded,” according to the release.
The rectory location will be the library’s temporary home, “as the township takes ownership of that property and plans for the new Municipal Complex are finalized and construction begins,” the release continues.
Library Director Stephanie Bakos had already told the council that the rectory is not move-in ready, and requires work to make it suitable for use. The release did not detail the work to be done, but included information that there would need to be work done to make it “safe for use as a public library building, (construction, permits, approvals, moving library property, moving and reconstructing network and Wi-Fi access, etc.).”
As has been stated all along, electronic and Wi-Fi access is a priority and will continue for library patrons after the 290 Plainfield Ave. location is closed, except for a “brief shutdown later in the month, as we move the network components to our temporary home,” according to the release.
The date at which the library will reopen at its new location has not yet been established. Libraries in Summit, New Providence and Long Hill know the Berkeley Heights Library will be closed and will provide services to township residents. There will be a list of all of the libraries with reciprocal borrowing agreements with Berkeley Heights.
“Every attempt will be made to keep the closing to a minimum,” according to the release.
All questions should be directed to Board of Trustee members or Bakos. The 2017 members of the Board of Trustees include: Sheila Buthe, President, Personnel; Donna R. Boyd, Vice President, Technology; Raquel Fruchter, Treasurer, Finance; Linda Nessenson, Secretary, Buildings & Grounds; Ann Bunyaner, MUF Delegate, By-Laws; Robert Woodruff, Mayor and Judith Rattner, Superintendent of Schools. The library's phone number is 908-464-9333.
See the complete text of the release here.