As you know, The Rockaway Township Public Library’s Board of Trustees elected to close the library on Tuesday, March 17th in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Later that week Governor Murphy released Executive Order 107 whereby all municipal, county, and State public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities were forced to close by 9pm on March, 21st until such time as the Governor’s order is revoked or modified.
Your health and safety continue to be our top priorities at this time. The Library Board of Trustees and I agree that continuation of current measures are critical to protecting our patrons, staff and volunteers from unnecessary COVID-19 exposure.
Please know that, while our buildings may be closed, we have many wonderful resources and services you can access online 24 hours a day, including a vast digital collection of books, movies and music – as well as personal online assistance. For more information, or to sign up for a library card online, please visit www.rtlibrary.org. In addition, Library staff members are working to deliver and develop online services and programs to help our community make it through this very challenging time.
We remain committed to our mission and our values of promoting access for all, equitable service delivery and educational resources for every member of our community.
Lastly, I want to share how very proud I am of the work our staff has accomplished in this time – we have adapted quickly and creatively in very difficult times. Staff members are able to conduct these services while working from home – a tremendous short-term achievement in its own right.
However, while we are very grateful to be able to serve the public in these ways and at this time, our hearts are heavy that we cannot open our doors each day and interact with you in person as you navigate this difficult time. Please know that we are working on plans to phase in reopening the library as soon as the Governor allows. We understand that there is no substitute for the relationships we have developed with our community and we can’t wait to be back in full service to you as soon as we can.
Thank you and stay safe,
Scott Davan, Library Director