TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Commission has approved expanded operating hours for the library system’s 21 branches.
This announcement follows the library’s COVID-related re-entry plan, and the new schedules will start on November 9, and will continue through May 31, 2021.
Revised hours of operation, by branch, are:
Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant Borough, Stafford: Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Long Beach Island, Upper Shores: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Beachwood, Island Heights, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown, Bay Head, Whiting: Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The new hours are subject to change upon recommendations by the Ocean County Health Department related to the county’s coronavirus recovery progress. The library will still continue to quarantine returned items and its cleaning and sanitizing protocols remain in effect. Service desks will continue to be equipped with shields, and hand sanitizer dispensers remain in all branches.
All branches will keep occupancy levels at 25 percent of maximum capacity. Face coverings while inside the library are still required for library staff and customers.
For more information, visit theoceancountylibrary.org.