An Update from the Library Director on Teaneck Public Library’s Phased Reopening (November 13, 2020)

Dear Teaneck Public Library patrons and community members,

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in March of this year, we have steadily worked to reintroduce in-person library services as safely as possible. However, given the sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 infections throughout Bergen County and the State of New Jersey, the library will be reducing indoor services effective Monday, November 16.

In consultation with the Township of Teaneck and the Township Health Department, and in the interest of public safety, the library will revert to its previous phase of reopening: providing in-person access to library materials through contactless doorside and front desk pickup of holds. There will be no indoor browsing until further notice.

We will continue to provide Teaneck residents with access to library materials from Teaneck and other BCCLS libraries through the hold system. In addition, we will continue to support the information, literacy, and entertainment needs of Teaneck residents through:

These are difficult decisions to make, as our focus is always to expand public services and provide increased access to information, library materials, and literacy experiences. However, we are seeing a surge of new COVID-19 cases throughout the county and state, and our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of Teaneck residents and library staff.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection rates and new daily cases in Bergen County and the State of New Jersey, and evaluate the need for any further changes in the interest of public health.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do everything possible to safely deliver the materials, information, programs, and services that you have come to expect and rely on from Teaneck Public Library.

Sincerely,

Allen McGinley
Library Director

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