Library Reopening

Indoor services have resumed! The library is still offering curbside pickup as well. Learn about curbside pickup here.

Curbside pickup service will continue in conjunction with indoor service, but with an altered schedule. Our hours are:

Inside Hours – Seniors Only Inside Hours – Open to All Curbside Pickup Only Hours
Monday 9am to 11am 11am to 4pm 4pm to 8pm
Tuesday9am to 11am 11am to 4pm 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday9am to 11am 11am to 4pm 4pm to 6pm
Thursday9am to 11am 11am to 4pm 4pm to 8pm
Friday 9am to 11am 11am to 4pm None
Saturday Closed
Sunday None 1pm to 5pm None

The library will offer senior-only hours from 9am to 11am, Mondays through Fridays. Only patrons 65 and older may enter the library during those times.

What to Know Before You Arrive

Limited capacity. The governor has mandated that libraries open at no more than 50% capacity. Only 16 patrons will be allowed in the building at once. If the library is full, a sign will be posted and the doors will be locked until we are able to accept more patrons. (Don’t worry if this happens when you’re in the library – the doors will still open from the inside!)

Limited visits. Patrons may stay in the library for up to 30 minutes a day.

Face coverings. As with all indoor public spaces in New Jersey, 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 contactless curbside pickup services, home delivery, and digital services.

Social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space from other patrons who are not in your household and from staff at all times. Gatherings of any kind, including tutoring, are not permitted.

The Children’s Room is open on a limited basis. Two individuals or households/families may visit the Children’s Room for a maximum of fifteen minutes. Children must be 14 or older to visit the library and Children’s Room without a guardian. Tutoring, gathering, and computer use are not permitted in the Children’s Room, but patrons are welcome to browse our collection of picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for kids and teens.

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.

Entrance and exit through the Stelfox Street side of the library only. To best monitor the number of patrons in the building and control the flow of foot traffic, the Insley Street (parking lot) side entrance will be closed for the time being. Please use the wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser upon entering the building.

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

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.

Changes to Computer Use

To maintain appropriate social distancing, only two computers are available in the adult section of the library.

One computer has been designated for use up to 30 minutes, by reservation only. To reserve a time slot, call the library at 201-768-8714 or email us at demacirc@bccls.org. Reservations are first-come, first-served and can be made no more than a week in advance. We cannot guarantee computer access unless a reservation is made. Patrons may only reserve one 30-minute time slot per day. Hand sanitizer will be available at computer stations.

We cannot provide one-on-one help with computers or personal devices. Due to social distancing restrictions, staff cannot approach patrons at a computer or handle their personal devices.

The second computer has been designated for quick usage of no more than five minutes. This computer can be used for printing, scanning, or browsing the library catalog.

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.

Patrons must pay for printouts with exact change. No change will be made from larger denominations if patrons do not have exact change. As usual, prints can be paid for only in cash at the rate of 10 cents per black-and-white page and 25 cents per color page.

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.

Most programing remains virtual. The library cannot provide indoors in-person programming that complies with social distancing regulations. We will be offering some socially-distanced outdoor programming while the weather is nice. 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.