The South Brunswick Public Library reopened its doors to the public this week on Aug. 11 after being closed for nearly five months to the day for COVID-19 safety. Visitors will find some changes to their pre-pandemic library experience, but much has stayed the same. 

 

With the addition of Browse-and-Go, visitors can at long last step inside the Library building to make their own selections.  This is now one of four library services currently offered to help library users get what they need during the pandemic: Browse-and-Go, Curbside-to-Go, Curbside@Woodlot Park, and Computer by Appointment. 

 

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The combination of Curbside-to-Go (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and Browse-and-Go (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) has SBPL back to being in action serving you seven days a week! 

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The reopening does have some limitations and restrictions. Masks over their nose and mouth are required, as well as social distancing. Visits are limited to 15 minutes; no more than 30 visitors will be allowed in the building at one time. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

The same eager happy faces are still waiting to greet you, though masked. 

 

Hours are limited to three days a week. The building will be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

All borrowed items must continue to be deposited into the drop box outside of the main entrance so that items may be quarantined (four days) for staff safety. 

 

Services are limited for safety’s sake. Public computers may be used by appointment only. There is no access for now to: meeting rooms, library seating, fax/scanning, or printers/copies. 

 

Another safety precaution for the public and staff is the installation of plexiglas partitions at each of the public service desks.

 

Even our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) has changed for the better with upgraded filtration to MERV 13 air filters. 

 

Book display tables have been set up in the main lobby to enhance social distant browsing, though visitors are welcome to cruise the book, movie and music aisles. All areas are open for browsing, except for the magazines/newspapers, and the Children’s Department books for the youngest readers and Children’s non-fiction. Staff will be on hand to retrieve or suggest items from that department for you. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult while in the Library. 

 

Please note that SBPL’s Curbside Service, which includes magazines, Personal Picks and Computer by Appointment, continues. Our virtual programming also continues by registration, as well as video uploads to the SBPL YouTube Channel with links on our social media. 

 

What will never change is SBPL’s mission to off the South Brunswick Community access to resources to Inspire, Empower, Discover, and Connect.