WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Memorial Library has announced it will reopen to the public on a limited basis on Monday, July 27. Hours will be Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Patrons will be able to browse for and check out materials in the library. All other in-building activities remain suspended at this time due to COVID-19. Face coverings and social distancing are required. Patrons are asked to plan accordingly as public restrooms will not be available, even to children. Fines and fees remain suspended.

“At times it may be difficult, and it certainly will be different as we provide service in a socially distanced manner,” said Library Director Phil Israel in a release. “We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation as we all adjust to a new way to provide service as we strive to keep both patrons and library staff safe and healthy.”

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The library’s curbside service will become “grab and go” and all materials can be still be placed on hold and picked up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  Materials will be available for pick up the day after they are placed on hold. Materials placed on hold on Saturday will be available on Monday.

The public will be permitted into the library following state occupancy limits to browse for and check out materials, which is currently 50 people. Members of the public will be asked to limit their time in the building to no more than 30 minutes and to have no more than one member of the family in the library at any one time.

The public, except children 2 years old or younger, will be required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth the entire time in the library. Parents are expected to hold young children by the hand at all times. 

New M.U.R.A.L. library cards will not be issued. Existing M.U.R.A.L. cards will continue to be honored until they expire; renewals will depend upon revised protocols of the M.U.R.A.L. libraries, the release said.

Due to limited staffing, assistance at service desks may not be available at all times, and self-checkout is being encouraged.

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