The Hoboken Public Library reopened its main branch on Monday after a four week renovation period since July 10. The reopening at 500 Park Ave. marks the first day of the new library director, Jennie Pu.
A number of areas in the building are open to the public. On the first floor, the Children’s Room, Digital Media Room, Fiction Collection, and Circulation Desk are open, as well as the Non Fiction Balcony accessible from the first floor.
On the second floor, the Public Computer Area and Main Reading Room are open; the Local History Collection will be accessible by request.
The basement, which houses the Large Program and Garden/Small Program Room, will be available on a limited basis. The library’s Grab & Go service will be moved back to the first floor.
The renovations involved a demolition of the third floor, which temporarily housed the Young Adult area, to create space for the Children’s and Teen/Tween Departments, and preparing for the installation of a HVAC system. Various areas of the main building are closed for construction.
Jennie Pu will head the library after she was unanimously approved by the library’s trustees earlier this year. She takes the place of Lina Podles, who retired in June after leading the library for 20 years. Pu, a Jersey City resident, was previously the dean of libraries at Hudson County Community College.
Masks and social distancing are still required when visiting the library. The library’s renovations can be followed at hobokenlibrary.org/renovation/.