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All SCLSNJ locations will be closed through Sun 4/5. https://www.sclsnj.org/precautions
SCLSNJ Taking Precautions2020-03-20T09:30:19-04:00

SCLSNJ Taking Precautions

Update: Thu 3/19/2020 10:30 A.M.

All Somerset County Library System of New Jersey branches will be closed to the public  through at least Sunday, April 5. The Library System will continue to evaluate and communicate future plans as information becomes available. 

Our digital resources will be available to ALL Somerset County residents, whether your library is part of the County System or not, effective immediately through April 30, 2020. Apply for your free digital library card now at sclsnj.org/besafeathome.

Important to note:

  • All due dates have been extended by four weeks, so hold onto all of your checkouts.
  • NO fines will accumulate during the Library’s closure.
  • All holds will be kept on shelves until at least April 20 — no need to suspend them.
  • If your library account expiration date is coming up, we extended it to April 30, 2020.

Important to note, this is a temporary closure for the time during which there is potential risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The Library System appreciates the support of our community members during this time. Any questions or concerns about these temporary changes should be directed to Auger via email at bauger@sclibnj.org or phone (908) 458.8401.

Update: Mon 3/16/2020 1:23 P.M.

All Somerset County Library System of New Jersey branches will be closed to the public effective immediately through at least Sunday, March 29. The Library System will continue to evaluate and communicate future plans as information becomes available. 

Again, the safety of our customers and staff is always our first priority.

Our digital resources will be available to ALL Somerset County residents, whether your library is part of the County System or not, effective immediately through April 30, 2020. Apply for your free digital library card now at sclsnj.org/besafeathome. We are in this together, Somerset County. Let’s all #BeSafeAtHome – while still learning, connecting, exploring, discovering, playing, reading, and more! 

Visit sclsnj.org/besafeathome now.

Important to note:

  • Do not return ANY items to book drops including lucky day, museum pass, and internet on the go devices. Keep all items until further notice. ALL fines will be waived.
  • NO fines will accrue during the Library’s closure. 
  • All due dates for all items, including already late items, will be extended for 4 weeks. Keep your items – read that book a second time, watch that movie 4 more times, enjoy your extra time with your checked out materials. For example, if you have items that would have been due on Monday, March 16, their due dates will be extended until April 13.
  • All holds will be maintained on shelves until April 20. Don’t worry about freezing holds, we will hold them for you.

Important to note, this is a temporary closure for the time during which there is potential risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The Library System appreciates the support of our community members during this time. Any questions or concerns about these temporary changes should be directed to Auger via email at bauger@sclibnj.org or phone (908) 458.8401.

Update: Fri 3/13/2020 4:09 P.M.

Beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, the Library System will be closed to the public. The Library System will continue to evaluate and communicate future plans as information becomes available.

Again, the safety of our customers and staff is always our first priority.

Brian Auger, county library administrator, said, “This may seem like an ominous step, but really, to quote Twitter user Matt Pierce (@mattdpierce), ‘it’s an act of social solidarity. We’re sacrificing so we can give nurses, doctors and hospitals a chance’ by minimizing opportunities for the continued spread of the virus”.

In order to continue to provide superior library services to customers, there are many resources that are available digitally:

Explore more digital resources at sclsnj.org/besafeathome, and partner with your Library System to #BeSafeAtHome.

Important to note, this is a temporary closure for the time during which there is potential risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The Library System appreciates the support of our community members during this time.

Any questions or concerns about these temporary changes should be directed to Auger via email at bauger@sclibnj.org or phone (908) 458.8401.

Update: Thu 3/12/2020 11:45 A.M.

According to a 2020 study from Gallup(This link opens in a new tab), “Visiting the library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in.” The study states that the average U.S. adult makes 10.5 trips to the library a year, while making just 5.3 trips to the movie theater. In 2019, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) totaled over 1.1 million visitors, defining our Libraries as well-used and well-loved.

Since our Libraries are a cornerstone of our communities, SCLSNJ is continuing to monitor information shared from County, State, and National health organizations about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our customers and staff is always our first priority.

Beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, the Library System will be canceling all programs for adults, teens, families, and children. The Library System will continue to evaluate and communicate future plans as information becomes available.

“While there has been no reported community spread of the coronavirus in Somerset County, we are being cautious on behalf of our customers and staff,” said County Library Administrator Brian Auger. “We want to do our part to help our health care community manage the situation by reducing opportunities for large groups to congregate.”

The Library System will continue to take steps to maintain the health and safety of our customers and staff, by:

  • Removing all toys from our youth services departments.
  • Ensuring custodial staff focus on cleaning and sanitizing hard surfaces.
  • Encouraging staff who are sick to stay at home.

At this time, all 10 branches will maintain standard operating hours. Important to note, these are temporary changes for the time during which there is potential risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The Library System appreciates the support of our community members during this time.

In order to continue to provide superior library services to customers who chose to remain at home, there are many resources that are available digitally:

“We are investing additional funds immediately to purchase more e-book and e-audio materials,” said Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman. “If you haven’t tried our e-books before, our expert staff can walk you through the process so that you can explore from the comfort of home. Call (908) 458.8400 to be connected with your favorite branch.”

Any questions or concerns about these temporary changes should be directed to Auger via email at bauger@sclibnj.org or phone (908) 458.8401.

FAQ

Hold onto them! We are extending all due dates for an additional four weeks. In other words, if you have items that would have been due on Monday, March 16, their due dates will be extended until April 13.

We are extending the pick up period for all holds that are currently waiting on the hold shelf until April 20.

You will not lose your position in the hold queue. During the time we are closed, we will not be filling any holds with items that get returned.

Please don’t use them! We want you to hold onto your items until we reopen to the public.

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Log in with your SCLSNJ library card number and PIN.

  • Need a library card? Apply here.
  • What’s your PIN? It’s usually the last four digits of your phone number. If you get stuck, email us at ask@sclibnj.org.

We will extend due dates for checked out passes so that no overdue fees are charged during the time that we are closed. All of our partner museums and attractions are also closed as of March 16.

If your library card has an expiration date between November 1, 2019 and April 29, 2020, we will be automatically extending access to your card until April 30, 2020 so that you can get uninterrupted access to our virtual services. Otherwise, email us at ask@sclibnj.org with your library card number and we’ll see what we can do.

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