Re-Opening Policy Revised- Sept 8, 2020

We re-opened on Wednesday, July 8, 2020! Please see our updated re-opening policy!
The Wayne Public Library (WPL) embraces the responsibility of providing library services to the public while supporting the health and safety of our service community and staff.

As the State of New Jersey continues in its reopening in response to the lockdown necessitated by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the WPL Board of Trustees has approved modifications to its existing policies and procedures to ensure a measured, thoughtful, and safe reintroduction of in-person services.

The below modifications supersede any previously adopted policies or practices. These modifications will be periodically reviewed by WPL and updated in response to changing conditions. When they are updated, the modifications will be posted on our digital platforms as well as in our facility. Modifications will be made at the direction of the Library Board of Trustees, at the discretion of the Library Director, or in response to a mandate, order, or recommendation from a superseding authority.

The adopted modifications are as follows:

1. WPL will be open to the public during the following hours, starting July 8, 2020: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturdays 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM. On Tuesdays, WPL will be open from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. WPL will be open on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 9 PM starting on September 9, 2020, and on Sundays from 1 to 5 PM starting on September 13, 2020.

2. Building occupancy will be limited to 100 people at any one given time. 

3. All members of the public will be required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth during the entirety of their stay in the building. Children under the age of 2, and those for whom doing so would inhibit their medical health, are exempt.

4. A minimum of six (6) feet must be maintained between individuals who are not of the same household (“social distancing”). As a guide, the combined width of two standard library shelves equals 6 feet.

5. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a guardian or parent while in the building.

6. Public computer sessions will be limited to one (1) hour a day.

7. Curbside pick-up of materials by appointment will continue to be offered.

8. Due to the current lack of statewide interlibrary loan delivery services, requests for materials not owned by a PALS Plus library cannot be placed. Requests for items owned by PALS Plus libraries can be placed and picked up at the owning library. Delivery between PALS Plus libraries cannot be guaranteed.

9. Any and all materials returned since July 2020 will have late fees waived until further notice.

10. Returned items will be quarantined for three days, during which time they will remain on the patron’s record. Books on the district’s Summer Reading list books will be in quarantine for two days, with additional disinfection procedures performed to make them available sooner.

11. In-house programming will resume at the discretion of the Director and with the guidance of the Board of Trustees.

12. Only one (1) Quiet Study Room will be accessible and available to the public, with a maximum of two (2) people allowed in the room at any given time. Usage of the room can only be guaranteed for a maximum of two (2) hours a session. Should no other patron request usage of the Quiet Study Room, the original occupant(s) can continue using the room. Once a new request for usage has been received, the original occupant’s session will end. Identification will be held at the Reference Desk for the duration of the session, and returned upon the end of room usage. The room will be disinfected between reservations. The room cannot be used until after disinfection.

13. Meetings Room A and B will be available for meetings starting July 15, 2020, only as a combined room during the library’s modified operating hours, with a maximum of twenty-one (21) occupants at any one time, and for a maximum of two (2) hours. Should no tables be used, a maximum of thirty-five (35) occupants will be allowed at any one time. Identification will be held at the Circulation Desk for the duration of the session and returned upon the end of room usage. The room will be disinfected between reservations. The room cannot be used until after disinfection.

14. Subscriptions to print versions of daily newspapers have been suspended until further notice.

15. Public restrooms will be limited to one (1) person, or members of one household, at a time.

16.Tutoring sessions will be restricted to the following locations in WPL: Meeting Rooms A & B; Children’s StoryTime Room; the GAFMC Board Room; and the Mezzanine Training Room. Registrations must be made through WPL’s website for designated blocks of time, and subject to all other library and public health restrictions in place.


{Adopted July 1, 2020, Amended August 8, 2020; September 8, 2020}