Bayonne Public Library reopened with limited services

The Library has been closed since March, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Bayonne Public Library
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The Bayonne Public Library

Amid Phase 2 of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey, many local libraries have resumed service in limited format since shutting down months ago.

In Bayonne, the Public Library has reopened for book and materials’ pick-ups and returns. The building had been closed completely since March, offering virtual services only due to the virus.

Since June, the library has been offering no-contact book and material holds pick-ups.

Now, some parts of the library are open again.

Partial reopening

The circulation area and the Children’s Room are available for the public. Library patrons may browse for books and multi-media materials.

In order to limit the chances for the virus to spread, the library’s restrooms
and water fountains are closed. In addition, computers are unavailable, and chairs have been removed.

Masks are required for everyone who enters the library. Building capacity is limited to 25 percent, as per Gov. Phil Murphy’s emergency provisions.

Library patrons may return books and other borrowed materials in two places. There is a drop box in the lobby for returning books and materials, as well as a drop box outside the West 31st Street side of the building.

For residents who don’t want to go inside, no-contact pick-ups are still available.

Those who would like curbside service for picking up books and other materials should call the library at least twenty minutes ahead of time.

Those books and materials will be waiting for them inside the doors on the 31st Street side entrance.

The Bayonne Public Library is open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The library will maintain limits on services as may be required by the state’s emergency policies and the public health situation. Any changes in the library’s level of services will be announced by the city.

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