SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an open letter to library patrons, members of the staff laid out all of the services available digitally, even as the physical building remains closed.

The full text of the letter cn be read below:

To All of Our Library Patrons:

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Springfield Free Public Library will remain closed to the public until further notice.   In order to remain up to date on the services that we are able to provide to you remotely, please continue to check our webpage at www.springfieldpubliclibrary.com or the library’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Although the library building is closed, access to all of the library’s online and streaming materials remain available to you as long as you have your library card number and PIN available.   If you do not have your card handy or have forgotten your PIN, reach out to us at questions@sfplnj.org and someone from the staff will get back to you with the information you need.   If you know anyone who lives in Springfield but who does not have a current library card, you can encourage them to sign up for a temporary card by going to the library’s webpage and clicking on the picture in the photo stream.

Downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks are available to all of our patrons through ELibraryNJ which can be accessed from the library’s webpage or through our online catalog.   Hoopla is another wonderful source that provides access to literally tens of thousands of items, from e-books and e-audiobooks to streaming movies, television shows and music.   And if you miss browsing the library’s magazines, sign up RBDigital, and get email subscriptions to your favorite magazines, absolutely free of charge.

Until the CORVID-19 epidemic has passed, we do ask that library patrons continue to hold onto all of the materials that you have checked out from before the library closed.   The book and media drops are locked and we ask for your cooperation in not leaving bags or boxes of books either at the doors or by the book/media drops.   All due dates have been extended and fines will not be charged for items that could not be returned on time due to these most extraordinary circumstances.   We have also extended the dates on all library cards that are set to expire during the time that we are likely to be closed.

Depending on how long the library remains closed, we may begin to experiment with offering virtual programming.   In the meantime, check out our Facebook page to see Ms. Brie, our children’s librarian, present a virtual story time, accompanied by Pearl, her pet rabbit.

Lastly, please know that we miss you all and look forward to the day when we can celebrate both the passing of this health crisis and the reopening of our library.

Yours truly,

The Staff at the Springfield Free Public Library