Morristown & Morris Township Library Open For Curbside Pick-Up

After months of being denied access to media resources due to the restrictions meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Morristown & Morris Township Library is open curbside pick-up service for books, music and other library materials.

Patrons will be able to pick up library materials by contacting the Library by:

  • Phone in advance

  • Placing holds through the online MAIN catalog [https://catalog.mainlib.org]

  • Or if you know the Title and Author, you can use the online form, which you can find here.

After placing holds, the Library staff will contact the patron to set up a pick-up time and verify any other additional information. Patrons should call (973) 538-6161 when they arrive and provide:

Items will be brought and placed into the vehicle’s trunk. Parking spaces for curbside pickup will be designated near the rear parking lot entrance of the Library. Patrons who are not driving to the Library should also call upon arrival and their materials will be brought to a table in the parking lot for their retrieval.

The Library book drops will be open and should be used for the safe return of Library materials. No Library materials should be returned to the inside of the building.

The hours of curbside delivery at the Library will be between the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

  • Friday, 9:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

  • Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

  • Closed Sundays

All library materials that are currently checked out by patrons received auto-renewals and will be charged no fines through July 31. Patron cards that were set to expire during the Library closure were also extended through July 31. However, due to the cessation of statewide delivery and possible high patron demand, the Library staff reserve the right to limit the number of items checked out at one time.

All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 72 hours and where applicable, cleaned/disinfected before being allowed to be checked out by other patrons. This is to ensure patron and staff safety, but it will result in a delay in those items being checked out by the next patron. During this period, items will remain on a patron’s card, but again, no fine will accrue on the patron’s card for these three days.

The Library’s digital services give resident cardholders 24/7 free access to many resources:

  • eBooks and electronic audiobooks purchased by the entire MAIN consortium through the Library’s CloudLibrary Magazines, comic books and eBooks from the RB Digital

  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through the Kanopy Children’s eBooks, games, Facts on File database and streaming video for kids via the Children’s Resource page on the Library website.

  • Research databases available through the Library website.

  • Story times, craft ideas, instructional videos and book/film talks available through the Library’s YouTube channel.

For patrons who do not currently have a library card, Morristown and Morris Township residents can apply online for a card directly through the Library website. The Library also provides virtual programming from yoga and book clubs to meditation classes to film clubs. Check the Library’s website events page for more information.

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This article originally appeared on the Morristown Patch

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