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. Stage 1 allowed for Curbside Pick-up. On August 3 we will initiate Step 2, which will allow for browsing of materials for specific, limited times. 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 11 am to 1 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.
During this initial stage, we are unable to provide access to public computers, except for the computers with the online catalogs. The photocopier will be available, using a Trac Card or coins. Patrons will need to provide their own change.
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.
Huguenot Children’s Library will have Curbside Service only. This will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 am -1 pm, and Thursdays, from 2 pm – 4:30 pm.
There are no late fees for overdue materials.
The Friends of NRPL Bookstore will be open to 3 customers at a time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 am – 12 pm, and 2 pm – 4 pm; and on Saturdays from 11 am – 1 pm. The Friends of NRPL are unable to accept donations until after Labor Day.
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.