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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from the Plainfield Public Library

Statement from the Director (6/30/20)

To All our Plainfield Patrons and Residents:

Governor Murphy recently announced libraries in New Jersey may reopen on July 2, 2020 at 25% capacity.

We, at the Plainfield Public Library, will not be opening to the public on July 2nd. There are many considerations and tasks for our library to implement before safely reopening including obtaining PPE, and creating safe and effective service plans. In addition, Mayor Mapp has charted a slow course of reopening for the government offices in the City of Plainfield since the city was hit so hard by the pandemic.

However, we will begin curbside delivery to our Plainfield patrons on July 13. Instructions for using this service are available on our website and through social media. Please visit our curbside information page or call 908-757-1111 x111 for more information.

When we do finally open the building for in-person service, services will be reduced due to social distancing rules as per the mayor and the governor. We stress that our primary goal is the safety of our staff and the residents of Plainfield as we move forward to our new normal.  We applaud the work of all the first responders who have met these unprecedented challenges with utmost care and have gotten us to the point where we can once again deliver some services to the residents of Plainfield.

We will notify you all with a date when we will be able to open our doors for in-person service.  Thank you for your support and patience during what has been a difficult time for all of us.

Mary Ellen Rogan, Director
Plainfield Public Library

Library Information (updated 7/2/20)

The Plainfield Public Library is closely monitoring the latest information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). To help insure the health and well-being of our staff and patrons, the Plainfield Public Library is closed to the public and the staff are on a reduced A/B schedule.

Online chat is available via any page on the Library's website. This is the best way to contact us at this time, although staff are monitoring voicemails and will get back to you as soon as they are able to.

Curbside Service will be available on July 13, 2020.

Library Materials & Online Resources

At this time all library materials have been extended to August 3, 2020, no fines will be accruing on checked out materials until August 31, and expired library cards will automatically be renewed on a month-by-month basis. The Library's bookdrop is locked and no materials should be left on or around the bookdrop. The bookdrop will reopen for returns on July 13, 2020.

As always, the Library’s Online Resources are available 24/7 and can be reached via the Library’s website at http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Research/Databases.html. If you do not remember your PIN code (necessary for access to some services) and wish to reset it, please click on the “Your Library Card” link on the top right-hand corner of any page on the Library’s website and select the red “Forgot my PIN” option or call the Circulation Desk at 908-757-1111 x111.

If you live in Plainfield and do not have a library card or have lost your existing card, please fill out this form to request a card number that will provide access to our online services.

Library Programming & Meeting Room Usage

Starting on March 16, 2020 all in-person classes and programs put on by the Library have been postponed until further notice. The Library is continuing to provide online classes and virtual programming. Please view the Library's Event Calendar for more information.

All meeting room reservations from March 16, 2020 forward have been cancelled. Cancellation fees will not apply and all room reservation fees will be refunded. The Library is not taking future bookings at this time. Please contact the Meeting Room Coordinator at 908-757-1111 x175 for more information.

Ongoing Response

Staff will continue to evaluate the changing situation and adjust our response as necessary. Patrons who have symptoms are encouraged to call the 24-Hour Public Hotline provided by the NJDOH at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free.

We will continue to update the Library’s website with any changes to the above. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, patrons, and the communities in which we live and work.

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