SOUTH ORANGE, NJ ー The South Orange Public Library announced that it would be further expanding their hours to Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m.
The physical library building reopened to the public in early July with very limited hours. This Sunday will be the first weekend since the start of the shutdown that SOPL has been open to the public. The building will still only be open for 25% capacity and face masks and social distancing will be enforced for the safety of all patrons and employees.
At each entrance SOPL staff has set up a contactless thermometer that takes the temperature of everyone who enters the building, which the CDC has recommended as interim guidance for protecting workplaces from the coronavirus. To keep limit the risks of coronavirus staying on the surface of books ReBL and InterLibrary loaning have been halted and all returned books are quarantined for 72 hours.
Libraries have had to turn to virtual resources and programs since the onset of the pandemic in order to continue to provide services to residents. In South Orange that means virtual tours for the museums that SOPL usually offers passes for, e-books and audiobooks and access to movies on Kanopy.
Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the library is open to seniors only, it is reopened to the public at 2 p.m. The full schedule with the new hours are available on the library website along with a complete list of the virtual resources available.
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