BERNARDSVILLE BOROUGH, NJ _ As in other communities, the Bernardsville Public Library has closed its doors due to concerns about spreading COVID-19. At this time, the library is scheduled to remain shut until April 5.

The library will continue to offer online resources on its website, even though the building at 1 Anderson Hill Road is closed.

"In light of the recent decision to close the Bernardsville Schools, and after careful consideration of the public health imperative for social distancing, the Bernardsville Library will be closed for regular service, and all programs and meetings will be canceled, from Monday, March 16, to Sunday, April 5, 2020," said an online notice from Alexandria Arnold, the library's executive director.

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Emergency library board meeting planned for Sunday, March 22

The library's Board of Trustees was also scheduled to hold a virtual emergency meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, to discuss the situation. To listen, call 515-604-9099, and use access code 334 190 400.

As of Sunday morning, the library bookdrop was scheduled to be closed until at least Monday, March 23.

"Enjoy your materials a little longer—and please don’t leave materials around the bookdrop," the library director's message said, assuring that the library will not charge fines for materials due between March 16 and March 23, and materials will not continue to accrue fines after March 16.

"We understand how important the library is to our patrons. While this was a difficult decision to make, it is one that was based upon well-informed necessity and care for those who not only visit us, but work for us as well," the message said, added the library is always open online.

"We invite you to take a look at the abundance of online resources for education and entertainment for both children and adults that the library has to offer. All are accessible right here through our website," Arnold said to patrons.