We are pleased to announce that the Library reopened for limited services beginning on Monday, July 13, 2020. Capacity and services will be reduced per the statewide guidelines. Curbside service will remain available for those who prefer it.

As our Library reopens, we have established guidelines to ensure a safe environment for our patrons and employees.

We would like to thank everyone for helping ensure that the safety of our community and employees is a priority!


Library Hours:

Because of staffing limitations and the need for enhanced sanitation measures, we are reopening with reduced hours and designated Senior Hours.

OpenSenior HoursCurbside Hours
Monday9:30am – 4:00pm9:30am – 11:00am11:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday9:30am – 7:00pm3:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:30am – 4:00pm9:30am – 11:00am11:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday9:30am – 7:00pm3:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday9:30am – 4:00pm9:30am – 11:00am11:00am – 3:00pm

Designated senior hours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These times are reserved for our senior visitors.


When you arrive:

The number of people in the library will be limited. There will be a concierge monitoring the entrance and exit.

Patrons will enter through the meeting room doors facing the Contributor’s Courtyard and exit through the main entrance.

In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, all patrons and staff are required to wear masks and observe social distancing of at least six feet at all times while in the Library. Be prepared to have your temperature taken before entry.


Once you are inside the Library:

We ask that patrons keep library visits to one hour or less so that more people have a chance to enter and utilize the Library.

Our Library is offering Grab & Go service. Furniture has been rearranged so that no seating is available. Please collect your materials quickly to allow others to enter the Library.

Library patrons will be able to look for an item and check it out, request an item, make a photocopy, fax and scan. Notary service will be offered at a later date.

Computers will be available by appointment to allow for social distancing guidelines and to allow proper sanitation between users. Printing will also be available.

Some areas in the Library are not yet available. Thank you for your patience as we determine how best to make all of our library spaces available in a way that is responsible and prioritizes community health and safety. The following areas in the Library will be closed/unavailable:

  • All meeting spaces
  • Study Rooms
  • Art Gallery & Café
  • All seating areas

There will be a social distancing ambassador who will see that library patrons are observing all safety measures put in place.

  • Signage regarding social distancing, hand hygiene and masks are located throughout the building
  • One-way aisles will be established and one way entrances and exits into departments.
  • Where waiting lines may form, six foot distancing lines will be placed on the floor.

Programs

In-person programming will resume at a later date. We will continue to offer a robust line-up of virtual programs for adults, children and teens via Zoom. A full schedule can be found at monroetwplibrary.org/virtual-programs.


Book Returns

Materials may be returned to the book drops at the Library and Senior Center. The book drop at the Community Rec Center remains closed at this time.

For the safety of patrons and staff, items will be quarantined for 4 days before check-in. Please allow up to 7 days for materials to be removed from your record.

Overdue fines have been waived for the time being.


Please Hold Your Book Donations

We are currently unable to accept material donations at this time. Stay tuned for more information about when we hope to be able to accept donations agains.