As many of you know by now the library was closed to the public on Tuesday, March 17th to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This decision was not made lightly as we know how important the library is to our community and how many would be impacted by an interruption in service. Be assured we have been working round the clock to identify and transform many of our critical services to a virtual, work from home environment. Thanks in part to the dedication of our many library employees we are proud to announce that the library will be offering a wide variety of virtual services starting Thursday, March 19th at 9am.
As part of our new virtual offerings residents will be able to contact the library by phone, email, or chat and get a response from a staff member waiting to assist you. You can call the library at 973-627-2344 and leave a message with your name and a contact number and any questions you have about your holds, library materials, e-resource technical assistance, reference questions, and more. We will promptly call you back to assist you with your needs. In order to maintain employee privacy we will return your call from a “caller id blocked” number.
If you’d prefer, you can email the library by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding due dates, library materials, etc and for reference questions, assistance with e-resources, ebooks and more please contact email@example.com.
Please note, we are now offering a new Reference Chat which will link you directly to a Reference Librarian who will assist you with all your needs. You’ll find the chat widget in the lower right corner of our website found at www.rtlibrary.org.
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide our community with access to materials or services within the library itself, or materials held at other libraries. However, in addition to our new virtual services, the library offers a wide variety of e-resources that you can access from home.
Download any of hundreds of ebooks and e-audio books offered through the library’s CloudLibrary. From NY Times Best Sellers to popular fiction cloudlibrary has a wide variety of materials for you to choose from. We have recently upgraded this service to offer a larger selection of titles, more checkouts per person, and more holds per user.
Watch one of more than 30,000 streaming movies and videos through kanopy.com. Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.
Browse your favorite magazine with RBdigital. Offering free full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. You’ll be able to browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
Be assured that the library hasn’t forgotten about our young readers! Be sure to visit TumbleBooks for hundreds of story books, read alongs, graphic novels, and more all readily accessible for your young readers!
All online services require a current Rockaway Township Public Library card in good standing and as such we are going fine free through May 31st with all due dates extended while we’re closed. Need a library card? Call 973-627-2344 and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. New cards are issued for Rockaway Township residents, only.
Please be advised that while the library is closed we are working diligently to assist you in every way possible and will continue to do so long after we reopen. During this time of modified service our virtual assistance by phone, email and chat will be available Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm while our online e-resources are available 24 hours a day. Please continue to stay vigilant and check back soon for additional updates as we expand our virtual services and look to offer new resources to our community.