With the new normal beginning as New Jersey enters Phase 2 of the reopening amid COVID-19, more services resume in North Bergen. In the township, residents can now pickup books from the library, curbside.
Curbside pickup has resumed for the North Bergen Free Public Library and the Guttenberg Resource Center. Mayor Nicholas Sacco of North Bergen, Mayor Wayne Zitt of Guttenberg, and Executive Director Sai Rao made the announcement that pickup would resume again on June 8.
Curbside pickup is open to residents at the main library and the Kennedy Branch of the North Bergen Free Public Library on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
At the Guttenberg Resource Center, curbside pickup is available from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the service is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
How it works
Library cardholders must call 201-869-4715 to request materials and a pickup time. The library cannot provide walk-in service at this time due to COVID-19.
Pickup will be contactless. Those using the service must bring their physical library card when retrieving items. Members must have a physical North Bergen Library card in good standing.
Library cards will be issued to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents with valid proof of residency via the online form at www.bccls.org. All fines must be paid via online system at the same website.
The library is not accepting courtesy cards at this time. According to North Bergen Free Public Library, members are limited to 20 items per visit.
Additionally, there is no interlibrary loan at this time. Members who miss their assigned pickup time window must call the library for a new pickup time.
The virtual library is also open all the time. Residents can access e-books and audiobooks, and stream music and movies via Libby and Hoopla. For more information, residents are advised to visit nbpl.org.
The North Bergen Free Public Library can also help residents on a job search. For career related questions or for help with a resume, residents can email email@example.com.
The North Bergen Free Public Library also announced that it is hosting Virtual Programs all summer long. Check nbpl.org and the library’s social media for updates on events.
The Guttenberg Resource Center is at 7002 Boulevard East, Unit M4. For more information, residents can call 201-869-4715 or go online to nbpl.org.
Other libraries across North Hudson
Meanwhile, similar things have been occurring across North Hudson.
The Secaucus Public Library will be open for curbside pickup starting Wednesday, June 17.
No patrons will be allowed inside the premises. Many virtual programs and events are also available.
Residents can call the Library at 201-330-2083 or visit www.secaucuslibrary.org for more information.
In Weehawken, the local Free Public Library will offer lobby pickup Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
To schedule a pickup members of the Library must call (201) 863-7823 to request materials and schedule a pickup. There will will be no walk-in services at this time.
Pickups will contactless, and residents must bring a physical Weehawken Library card.
The West New York Public Library remains closed until further notice. The Union City Public Library has been open virtually throughout the pandemic at http://www.uclibrary.org/resources.html.
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