WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Memorial Library will not reopen for browsing Monday as had been announced earlier this week. The decision comes out of an abundance of caution, a press release from the library says.

Thirty-one confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westfield since June 30, according to Mayor Shelley Brindle.

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“The Library Board of Trustees, the Board of Health and the Town of Westfield have decided that we must postpone the limited re-opening of the library until a future date has been decided and the number of cases in Westfield declines again,” Library Director Phil Israel said in the announcement Sunday. “The library is a popular gathering space, and we are eager to re-open, but not until we can ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.”

The library will continue to provide curbside service with expanded hours, officials said. Patrons can reserve all types of library materials either by accessing their accounts online or by calling the library at 908-789-4090.

Placing holds and curbside pickup will now be available 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Materials can be picked up the day after they are placed on hold, and those items placed on hold on Saturday will be available on Monday, officials said.

Patrons can also return materials to the book drops or the library’s meeting room Monday through Saturday 10 a.m to 6 p.m. or 4:30 p.m., depending upon the day of the week.

The Westfield Memorial Library is located at 550 East Broad Street. Follow the library’s Facebook page and visit www.wmlnj.org for updates, the announcement said.

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