Browsability Sessions

Browsing at the Main Library:
Over these past months, we have spent a significant amount of time preparing for each stage of reopening. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our staff and our patrons. State Guidelines permit only 25% capacity of building occupancy at a time, which means we can have 57 patrons in the building at a time.   
The hours for “browsability” and for Curbside Pick-up will be: Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be additional hours on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. In between each session, library staff will be disinfecting all surfaces, railings and rest rooms used by the public. 
Admission to these sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be from the Memorial Highway entrance only. This entrance is wheelchair-accessible. When patrons arrive for a session, they will be asked to review a card with guidelines. All patrons must wear a mask covering nose and mouth. 
Public service staff will provide assistance at the circulation desk, in the children’s room, at the reference desks on all three floors, and in the teen room. 

Limited Computer Use:
During each session, a small number of computers will be available for patron use. Access is limited to one hour, per patron. The print station will also be available; however, patrons will need to have exact change. No monetary exchanges are currently available.  For details, please see the second floor reference desk, or call 914-813-3737.    

Children ages 12 years and younger can reserve one of three computers in-person, using the library’s reservation software. 
Patrons are required to wear gloves for computer, scanner and printer use. Gloves will be available as needed.  

Due to Pandemic restrictions, we are still unable to provide tables or chairs (except at computers,) or use of the study/meeting rooms. 

The Friends of NRPL:
The Friends of NRPL Bookstore will be open to 3 customers at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am – 12 pm, and 2 pm – 4 pm. The Friends of NRPL are restricting book donations to one small bag or one small box per patron. 

There are no late fees for overdue materials.

Browsing at the Huguenot Children’s Library:
The hours for Curbside Pick-up, and for Browsing Sessions that begin September 14, are as follows: Mondays and Fridays:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Curbside) and 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Browsing); Wednesdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Curbside) and 3:00 pm -5:00 pm (Browsing); Thursdays:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Browsing). HCL is closed on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. To learn about HCL Browsing guidelines or to schedule a Curbside Pick-up, patrons should call (914) 632-8954 or email

Safety Measures 
NRPL staff has been trained in social distancing protocols and are always required to properly wear personal protective gear, (masks and/or face shields and, at the circulation desk, disposable gloves.) Temperatures of staff are taken each day; anyone with a fever will be sent home. 
All incoming materials, whether from another library or our own book drop-off bins, are quarantined for 72 hours, in accordance with recent findings of an IMLS Study.  

In between each public “browsability” session, library staff disinfects all surfaces, railings and rest rooms used by the public.