Ocean County Library Plans Reopening

The Ocean County Library Main Branch (Photo by Micromedia Publications)

  TOMS RIVER – Per an update by Gov. Phil Murphy, libraries, aquariums and museums are allowed to reopen and that means, that Ocean County Library customers will be able to enter their local branch in July.

   Libraries are permitted to reopen at 25% capacity and OCL has developed a phased reopening plan to provide service in a safe manner.

  Here is a rundown on how library operations will be conducted:

• Returns: Open book drops at all OCL locations will begin on June 29. All materials returned will be quarantined for the recommended length of time set by public health officials, after which they will be checked in and added back to the library system’s collection. Overdue fines will not accrue on materials during this time.

• Hours of Operation: As of July 6 the library will open its doors with limited hours and services.

  Toms River, Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Plumsted, Point Boro, Stafford and Upper  Shores branches will be open:

Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday will have 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hours

  Bay Head, Beachwood, Island Heights, Point Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown and Whiting branches will be open:

Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday through Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Pick-up of Materials: Beginning on July 6 contactless pickup of materials will be available, using our self-pick up holds and our self-check kiosks. Please remember to bring your library card to use the kiosks. Additionally, short-term browsing will be allowed; we ask that you are mindful of those wishing to use the library and limit your time spent in our libraries due to the limited 25% capacity.

• Access to Computers: Access will provided to the public PCs by appointment. Due to the limited number of PCs available to provide social distancing, computer use will be reduced to one half hour per day. We encourage you to take advantage of our mobile printing service so your library visit is as streamlined as possible.

• Public Spaces: Seating will be limited to allow for social distancing. At this time, meeting rooms and quiet study areas will be utilized for the quarantining of materials. All in-person programs and events are suspended.

  All customers will be required to wear face masks and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  In future weeks, more details will be put forward and exact dates on when OCL will resume a full complement of services.

   Until that time, continue to engage virtually through the OCL website, which provides access to online resources, streaming movies, ebooks, and audio ebooks 24/7.

  For additional information, visit theoceancountylibrary.org.