SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Library is welcoming patrons once again. Having completed all the necessary preparations, creating compliant protocols, the library staff began to see residents again on Tuesday, July 21, Library Director David Costa said.

The building will be open to patrons on:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and  
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Patrons are asked to wear masks and to stay home if they are not feeling well.  They are asked to return all media to the book or media drop before entering the building. 

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The library baskets will be available for patrons.  The staff has been quarantining all returned items before returning them to the floor of the library. 

Once inside the building there are hand sanitizers on the left as patrons enter.  A maximum of 25 people will be allowed into the facility at one time. 

Patrons are asked to plan their visit to the library not to include a bathroom visit.  According to Costa, the upstairs women’s room will be locked, the upstairs men’s room door will remain open to be used only as a hand washing station.

Computer use will be limited to 45 minutes.  Notary services are temporarily suspended.  No food or drink will be allowed in the library. 

“This is the first phase of reopening the library to patrons,” Costa said. “As time moves forward, we will be expanding on the services outlined above.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Curbside pickup is still an option for anyone who does not want to go inside.  They can place the order online and have the requested items placed in their trunk as has been the process for several weeks during the pandemic.

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