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Reopening

Masks are required for everyone inside the Library buildings regardless of vaccination status.

The following services are currently available at the Main Library:

  • Browsing and seating
  • Computer use: Computer sessions are 30 minutes with one 30-minute extension (see a staff person for the extension). Printing is available for a fee (25 cents for black ink and $1.00 for color / per page); scanning is free.
  • Holds and pickup: MPL cardholders can request items via the BCCLS catalog or by calling 973-744-0500 ext. 2245. Once they are notified that items are ready, customers can drop in during open hours and use the self-checkout machines. (Limited curbside pickup is still available for those who do not want to enter the building. The items will already be checked out for you. Please call 973-744-0500 ext. 2245 to arrange curbside pickup. Typically, same-day pickup will be possible.)
  • Notary services by appointment
  • In-person programs

Bellevue Avenue Branch: see open hours.

Please note the following:

  • Masks are required for everyone inside the buildings regardless of vaccination status. If you do not want to or are unable to wear a mask, curbside pickup is still available on a limited basis (see above).
  • Customers may use the restroom and fill their water bottles while in the building, but drinking from the fountain is unavailable at this time.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the Library.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Library at this time.
  • Returns are accepted 24/7 at the Main Library and Bellevue Avenue Branch using outside slots.

Our Phased Reopening Plan

Prior to Phase 1

The Library closed its buildings to the public in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with New Jersey Executive Order No. 107. Digital services remained available and have expanded. Programs and classes moved online.

Phase 1: Returns

In effect: June 16-21, 2020

  • Return of materials accepted outside the Main Library
  • Both buildings remain closed to the public

Phase 2: Curbside Pickup

In effect: June 22 – October 17, 2020

  • MPL cardholders can request items via the BCCLS catalog or by calling 973-744-0500 ext. 2245. Once they are notified that items are ready for pickup, customers can schedule a pickup appointment at the Main Library.
  • Face coverings and social distancing required
  • Returns accepted 24/7 at the Main Library and Bellevue Avenue Branch
  • Both buildings remain closed to the public

Phase 3: In-Person Services

  • Masks required for everyone inside the buildings regardless of vaccination status
  • Browsing, seating, and computer use
  • Pickup of holds inside the Main Library by drop-in; limited curbside pickup
  • Notary services by appointment
  • In-person programs
  • Customers may use the restroom and fill their water bottles while in the building, but drinking from the fountain is unavailable at this time.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Library at this time.
  • Bellevue Avenue Branch: see open hours.
Future Phases

Health and safety are our top priority. The Library will continue to add services as conditions allow.

Last update: Oct. 25, 2021

Let’s Connect

The Bellevue Ave. Branch will be closed until further notice due to no heat in the building.