Message From the Director: Welcome Back!

Livingston Library Community,

It’s good to be back! This past week, the Livingston Library began it’s limited reopening to the public with “browse and borrow” hours.  It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces.  While services are limited as we begin our phased reopening, you can pick up reserves in person, browse a librarian curated collection of materials for all ages, and reserve computers by appointment. The library is open for browse & borrow on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Wednesday from 10 AM – 8 PM.  You can learn more about the browse and borrow service days, here. 

If you’d prefer to continue getting your materials via contactless, the Livingston Library is still offering contactless pickup only days.  The library is open for contactless pickup on Monday 10 AM – 8 PM and Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM.  You can learn more about how contactless pickup works, here.

As we begin the process of resuming to our new sense of “normal,” the library has also been planning many wonderful virtual events through Zoom.  One upcoming and timely event we have planned for this Monday, August 10 at 7 PM is Anxiety in the Time of Covid.  This program is in partnership with ACAP and will be presented by psychoanalyst, Dr. Lillesol Kane.  In this program, Dr. Kane will offer supportive strategies and coping techniques to help individuals and families deal with  anxiety and manage mental health.  You can register for this event on the Library’s events calendar, here. 

We hope to “see” you soon, at either one of our virtual events, or at the library for browse & borrow or contactless pickup!  

~Amy, Director

 

Message From the Director: Reopening Date Announced

The Livingston Public Library is excited to announce a limited reopening of the building! On Tuesday, August 4th the Library will begin offering Browse and Borrow access to a selection of curated materials four days a week. Patrons will be given access to the building for up to one hour to select materials and pick up holds. In addition, the Library will still be providing our popular contactless pickup service on Monday and Thursdays. It’s important to note that contactless is only available at those times, and will not be offered while the building is open to the public.

Masks are required for both contactless and in person browsing, and social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced!  Please do not enter the library if you are experiencing a fever, cough or chills. No one under age 16 may enter the Library without a parent, guardian or other responsible adult who will supervise their behavior while in the Library. Please plan accordingly! Review our revised Code of Conduct policy for an overview of all of our new safety procedures and expectations. 

Operating Hours

Contactless Pickup Only Days
Monday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Building Open (Browse and Borrow) Days
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Browsing and holds
The library will be opening at a reduced capacity with limited access to the full print collection. There is no access to the Youth Services wing, Cafe area, and the Adult Services wing at this time. However, popular items have been curated by staff and will be available for browsing and borrowing. On demand book requests can not be accommodated so if you have a specific item you are looking for, please either use www.livingstonlibrary.org or call (973) 992-4600 to to place a request – the library will fill your request and notify you when it is ready to pickup!  

Borrowing
The library will be introducing a new app based product that will allow patrons a completely contactless way to check out materials. Download the MeeScan app to check out items with your own phone! Visit www.livingstonlibrary.org/meescan to find out more.

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Services
At this time, there will be the following services:

    • Computers are available by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours before, and are limited to Livingston cardholders. Please call (973) 992-4600, ext. 263, leave a message, and someone will return your call promptly to schedule an appointment. 
    • Reference/Tech Help is available by appointment only and will be conducted by phone. All reference queries should be directed to extension 263. Please leave your name, number and a brief message and you will receive a return call within 24-48 hours. You can also email your question to ref@livingston.bccls.org or visit www.livingstonlibrary.org and fill out the “Ask Us” form in the top right corner.
    • Book recommendations for children and teens should be directed to extension 270 or emailed to liviyouth@livingston.bccls.org. Please leave your name, library card number, phone number/ email and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours. Don’t forget to visit the Library’s calendar to learn about our virtual programs and take home crafts! 

Please note there is no access to study spaces, seating areas, printing, photocopying, or faxing. The library is unable to accept any donations of books or other materials at this time. 

Materials Returns
Material returns will be accepted ONLY through the book drops. These items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are handled and removed from your card. Please do not attempt to return items to staff at the service desk they will not be able to accept them. 

Virtual LPL
In addition, the Library continues to offer a full range of digital and online resources, including ebooks, e-audiobooks and magazines. Visit our website at www.livingstonlibrary.org to browse the calendar for virtual programs, check out our  social media accounts, and experience book recommendations, prerecorded programs and tutorials via the Library’s Blog and YouTube channel. The Library and staff look forward to seeing you soon and appreciate all of your support during this tumultuous time!

~Amy, Director