MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - After five months of being closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, the South Brunswick Public Library is reopening its doors this week. However, even though the doors have been unlocked, the library's services have a different look. It will now be offering patrons Curbside-to-Go on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Browse-and-Go services on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Curbside-to-Go books can still be picked up at the South Brunswick Public Library or Woodlot Park.
With the addition of the Browse-and-Go service, patrons can now go inside the library to pick out their next great read. The library will also be allowing patrons to use the computers, but appointments must be made beforehand.
Library visitors will need to wear masks over their nose and mouth. Social distancing is required when inside the library. Visits will also be limited to 15 minutes and the library will only be allowing 30 people in the building at one time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Books and other library items should be returned to the outdoor book drop. Returned items will be quarantined for four days before being returned into circulation.
The library will be physically open to the public on the Browse-and-Go days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Book displays will be available in the main lobby, but all areas will be open for browsing expect for the magazines/newspapers and the children's section. Patrons can still get books from those areas, but a South Brunswick Public Library staff member will get or suggest library materials from those sections.
Even though the library is now opening its doors, its virtual programing and services will continue. South Brunswick Public Library joins three other Middlesex County libraries opening their doors to the public. Monroe, Sayreville and Piscataway Public Libraries have allowed the public to return in some capacity. Other Middlesex County libraries remain closed to the public and are offering virtual programming and curb-side pickup for their patrons.
"What will never change is SBPL’s mission to off the South Brunswick Community access to resources to Inspire, Empower, Discover, and Connect," the library said in a press release.