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In-Person Services

Due to COVID-19 the Library's full building and services are not yet available. Please see below for the available service options. Please be aware that these services may change based on guidance from local, county, state and federal officials. Please check this page before visiting or call 908-757-1111 x112 for up-to-date information.

Masks must be worn by patrons and staff at all times while in the Library. Individuals that refuse to wear a mask will not be allowed in the building and patrons will be asked to leave if they do not wear their mask appropriately.

The public restrooms are NOT AVAILABLE at this time.

Service Hours

The main Library is open to the public from 10AM-4PM, Monday-Friday. The main library will be open to a maximum of six (6) patrons ages 14+, at one time (not including families visiting the Children's Library). If the building is full you will need to wait outside for someone to leave before entering.

The Children's Library is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for one family unit at a time. Appointments are available from 10AM-12PM and 2PM-4PM, Monday-Friday. Please visit the appointments page or call 908-757-1111 x129 for more information.

The Circulation desk is not available for in-person service at this time. Please call 908-757-1111 x111 for assistance.

Materials Access

The Library's New Books, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Paperback, and Career collections will be available for browsing. At this time, all other materials (the general collection, audiobooks, DVDs, etc.) are only available via Curbside Service. Staff will not be able to pull additional materials for you from other collections at this time. All accessible materials must be checkout out using the Self-Check machines. No in-person Circulation services are available at this time.

Computer Use

The public computers will be available for use by individuals 14+ for a maximum of one, one-hour session, per person, per day. Computer use is strictly one person per station, no sharing or cooperative work is currently allowed. Children are not allowed at the public computers at this time.

Computer assistance will be VERY LIMITED and via remote methods only.

  • Computer Use: stations are available for a maximum of one hour. One session per person, per day.
  • Printing: FREE (10 pages per person per day, B&W and color).
    Printing is also available via Curbside Service if you don't need to use a computer. You can submit your print documents via our online form and they will be printed and provided to you via our Curbside Service. B&W and color printouts are available but there is a limit of 10 pages per person per day. Additional pages cannot be printed at this time.

Copying, Faxing, and Scanning

Use of the copier, scanner, and fax-machine is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the equipment you need is in use, please wait outside the building until the equipment is available.

In-person services are SELF-SERVICE ONLY. Staff will not be able to provide hands-on assistance.

  • Copying: $0.10 for B&W, $0.30/pp for Color. The copiers accept coins and small bills ($1 & $5).
  • Faxing: Normal Fax Rates apply. Debit/Credit only, pre-paid cards are not available for purchase.
  • Scanning: FREE (copyright rules must be obeyed).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask while using the library?

Yes. Staff and patrons must wear masks appropriately at all times while in the Library. If you cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons we suggest you partake in our Curbside Service. If you need additional services or if you have a question about this policy please contact the Assistant Director at 908-757-1111 x132.

What if I don't have a mask?

A limited number of disposable masks are available, courtesy of the City of Plainfield, for patrons that don't have one. These masks are only for those using the Library's in-person services and are available while supplies last.

Can I bring my child(ren) or a another person(s) to the library with me?

The main Library is only open to the person using the computer or equipment, or browsing the available materials. No children under age 14 will be allowed in the main library. If you are interested in using the Children's Library with your family you may do so by appointment only.

What if I don't want to come in to the building?

The Library's Curbside Service is available for material pickup, and you can submit documents for printing via this online form (up to 10 pages per person per day) and then pick them up outside as part of the Curbside Service. The staff cannot provide copying, faxing, or scanning services for the public at this time.

What services are available?

Limited computer use (a maximum of one hour per person, per day), printing up to 10 pages per person per day at no cost, copying, faxing (credit/debit only), scanning, and limited materials access.

Can I use the Library's WiFi on my own device inside the building?

Not at this time. In-Library use is limited to the public computers, equipment use, and materials access. There is no space available for patrons to use their own devices at this time. The Library's WiFi does extend to both parking lots, and across Library park for those that need it.

Can I sit at a computer and charge my device, read my book, or wait for someone?

The public computer stations are for computer use only and not for patrons to sit and do other activities (charging, reading, waiting, etc.) Patrons who are not actively using a public computer or one of the other available services will be asked to leave.

Is the Circulation Desk open to give me a new card, sell me an envelope, or provide any other service?

No. The Circulation Desk is not open for in-person service at this time. Please call 908-757-1111 x111 for assistance. If you are in the Library and need help with your card in order to use the self-check machine, please visit the Tech Desk (by the public computers) for assistance. It is not guaranteed that staff will be able to resolve your issue immediately. If you feel like there may be a problem with your card, please call BEFORE your visit to resolve any issues.

What if I need to print more than 10 pages?

We are not able to allow more than 10 pages of printing per person per day as we are not handling monetary transactions at this time.

Will you be able to help me use the computer?

Staff are not able to provide in-person assistance at this time. Staff will be on hand to deal with technical issues but will not be able to do one-on-one instruction or assistance. All in-person services are self-directed at this time.

Can you help me copy/fax/print/scan?

Staff are not able to provide in-person assistance at this time. Staff will be on hand to deal with technical issues but will not be able to do one-on-one instruction or assistance. All in-person services are self-directed at this time.

Can you make change for the copier?

The copiers accept coins and small bills ($1 & $5). Staff are not able to make change as we are not handling monetary transactions at this time.

Can you get a book or DVD or audiobook from the main collection for me?

No. All materials not in the open area of the Library must be requested via Curbside Service.

Can you help me check out my books?

Staff will be on hand to deal with technical issues but will not be able to do one-on-one instruction or assistance. All in-person services are self-directed at this time.

What if I don’t have a Plainfield library card or I forgot it?

For computer use the staff will be able to provide you a guest pass and log you in remotely. A Plainfield library card is not required to use the public computers at this time.

If you are a Plainfield resident and you would like to sign up for a card you can do so here.

To check out materials you will need to have an active library card in our system and either have the physical card or know the number. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 908-757-1111 x111 to verify the status of your card before visiting the library if you wish to check out materials.

Can I use the computer for more than an hour if no one is waiting?

Not at this time. Staff need to clean stations and equipment in-between users and no extensions are allowed.

Can I wait for someone or sit and read my book?

Not at this time. The tables and chairs are not available at this time. Library access is limited to specific tasks and when those tasks have been completed, patrons will be expected to leave the building to allow others to use the facility.

Can I use the Microfilm machines?

Not at this time. If you need information from the Library's microfilm collection please contact the Reference Desk at 908-757-1111 x112.

Will I be able to use the restrooms?

The public restrooms are not available at this time. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby.

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