Library Reopening

We have returned to our pre-pandemic indoor-service hours:

Operating Hours
Monday 9am to 8pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday9am to 8pm
Thursday9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 1pm to 5pm

What to Know Before You Arrive

Face coverings. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the library by patrons ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must completely cover a patron’s mouth and nose. Masks, bandanas, and scarves are acceptable. Hands, shirts, or other clothing are not acceptable face coverings. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, you are still welcome to use our digital services. Our full mask policy can be found here.

Social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space from other patrons who are not in your household and from staff when possible. Tutoring is not permitted.

Children aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult from their household. The unattended age has been temporarily raised to 14 years-old. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times when in the building, including the children’s room.

As the fumes from the construction taking place in the children’s room create an environment that is potentially unhealthy for some children, the unattended children age will remain at 14 years-old until construction on the Insley St. foyer is completed. Upon completion of construction, the unattended children age will be lowered to 10 years-old.

Violation of the above policy may result in a child being asked to leave the library.

Children’s room capacity. In consideration of the ongoing pandemic and the lack of a vaccine for children under
12 years-old, no more than 20 people will be allowed in the children’s room at any time. If we reach capacity, visits will be limited to one hour.

No food or drink. Eating or drinking inside the library is not permitted as it requires patrons to remove their face covering.

No tutoring. Formal tutoring of any kind, including unpaid, is not permitted at the library at this time.

Library materials can be returned inside during indoor service hours. For your convenience, the bookdrops will remain open, but based on updated CDC guidance, we will now accept returns of library materials inside the library inside in a designated receptacle. Please follow staff directions when returning items. If returned inside, items will be removed from your card the same day you return them.

Self checkout. Patrons can download the meeScan app to their phones or other devices to independently checkout library materials. The library has also installed a self checkout station in the main reading room for patrons who do not have or do not wish to use their smart phone. We encourage patrons to take advantage of this new service so as to minimize physical interaction with staff. Learn more about meeScan here.

We encourage patrons to take advantage of our wireless printing service. Patrons do not need to be in the library to submit a document to print. Visit demarestlibrary.org/print and upload the document from home, and then visit the library to pay for and pick up your printouts.

What’s Staying the Same

Curbside pickup is still available. Pickup hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 8pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm, Fridays from 9am to 4pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Requests can be made through bccls.org, by calling us at 201-768-8714, or by emailing us at demacirc@bccls.org. Learn more about curbside pickup here.

Programming is not taking place in the library. Instead, we’re offering socially-distanced programs outside and at the Demarest Train Station and some virtual programming. To stay up-to-date on our programming, check out our calendar, Facebook page, Instagram account, or sign up for emails from the library.

We’re here to help. If you have a question or run into a problem, call us at 201-768-8714 or email us at demacirc@bccls.org. Though we’re limited in what we can physically do for you, we’ll do our best to fix the situation.