An Update from the Library Director on Teaneck Public Library’s Phased Reopening (December 18, 2020)

Dear Teaneck Public Library patrons and community members,

As you may know, Bergen County has reported an increase of almost 16% in presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Teaneck in the previous two weeks. We must all do our part to slow the spread of this virus, and that includes the ongoing evaluation of library services. Due to these continued increases in Teaneck and Bergen County, we will be ending Front Desk Pickup and offering Contactless Doorside Pickup of holds only effective Monday, December 21.

To improve the efficiency of our contactless pickup option, we will also be launching a new doorside pickup scheduling service on Monday. When you receive notification that your holds are available, you will also receive a link that allows you to schedule the pickup date and time. This will allow us to prepare your holds for pickup in advance, so that you can just take them and go at your designated time.

Now that winter weather is here, we will be moving the contactless doorside pickup location into the front vestibule (inside the front doors). This will provide you with a safe place to access your materials that is protected from the ice and snow.

Before entering the vestibule, please ensure that you are:

  • Wearing a face mask. All persons over the age of 2 must wear a face covering that completely covers the mouth and nose.
  • Observing 6 feet of social distance. Only one person at a time will be allowed in the library vestibule for pickup.
  • Staying home if you are sick. Anyone who has a fever, cough, chills or is otherwise not feeling well or who are self quarantining should not visit the library.

I hope that you find this new scheduling service to be easy and convenient. Our goal is to provide you the best possible service, as safely and efficiently as we can. Any reduction in access to the library is something that I take very seriously. But it is critical that we prioritize the safety of Teaneck residents and library staff as local infection and hospitalization numbers continue to rise.

Thank you for your support and understanding, and please let me know if there is any way that we can better meet your needs.

Sincerely,

Allen McGinley
Library Director

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