SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Library issued a letter on Thursday, March 12, that outlines the measures that have been implemented because of the Coronavirus pandemic (declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) this week).

Among the measures: the library is canceling all programs, events, and meeting room bookings from March 15 through 31 and is encouraging anyone who feels sick to stay home. Additionally, the library invites the community to explore its entire virtual collection, including e-books, e-audiobooks, digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, streaming movies, TV, and music.

Dear Library Patrons,

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As you are likely aware, our state is experiencing an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness currently being spread from person to person in many countries, including the United States.

The Scotch Plains Public Library is committed to continuing to serve your library needs, while being mindful of the health and well-being of both the public and the library’s staff. 

The CDC recommends social distancing practices. Therefore, in the interest of protecting our staff and patrons, in particular those who may be in high-risk populations, the library is canceling all programs, events, and meeting room bookings from March 15th through 31st. At this time, there is no change in the library’s opening hours.

We continue to follow best hygiene practices in our building and ask that library patrons cooperate with us in the following ways:  

Throughout the library, you will find hand sanitizer for your use. For the safety of all our patrons and our staff, we are asking everyone to use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the building. There is a wall-mounted sanitizer near the front door and public service desks have hand sanitizer available. We also have soap and hot water available in our restrooms for hand washing.

Please return all materials through the book drops. One is located to the left of the entrance and one inside the lobby at the checkout desk.

We have increased our cleaning of high-touch areas, such as door handles, tables, keyboards, screens, and other surfaces. If you wish to clean a surface, such as a keyboard, before using it, please ask a staff member and a cleaning wipe will be provided to you.

As some patrons have asked, the library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are returned or when they are used in-house. Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the CDC.

We respectfully request that patrons stay home if they are feeling ill, have ill family members, or are simply concerned about potential exposure, especially those in high-risk populations.

If you have material that is due but can’t come into the library you can renew online or simply call us, we’ll work with you to ensure that your items are renewed.

Remember, we offer many electronic materials to our residents. This is a great time to explore our entire virtual collection, including e-books, e-audiobooks, digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, streaming movies, TV, and music.

We will use our website to communicate any changes in service because of the coronavirus, so check regularly, or feel free to give the library a call.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation,

Michelle Willis, Library Director  

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