Statement on Library Preparations Related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Please see our latest update here: Updated Statement

 

The Morristown & Morris Township Library currently remains open for public access with normal hours of operation.  Based upon various recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the County of Morris and other local health departments in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, all library programs, classes and events are cancelled beginning Monday, March 16 and through March 31. This also includes any scheduled public meetings.  We will reassess the situation at that time to determine further cancellation at that point.  For programs and meetings scheduled after that point, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org

The Library is open more than 60 hours per week and our mission is to remain a resource for our residents.  However, we are planning for sudden and unexpected closures that are in the best interest of the health of the community.  

These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding. For questions, please contact the Library. Any updates regarding programming at the Library will be on the Library’s website. 

The following are some steps that the Library is undertaking to ensure a safe environment:

  • Posted signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 around the Library.
  • Elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures in all public areas, including surfaces, door handles etc. by staff and commercial cleaning services.

Note, the Library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are checked in or used in-house.  Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

But you can also access the Library from Home

The Library’s digital services give resident card holders 24/7 free access to many resources:

  • eBooks and electronic audiobooks purchased by the entire MAIN consortium through the Library’s CloudLibrary
  • Magazines and comic books from the Library’s RB Digital
  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through our Kanopy
  • Children’s eBooks, games, Facts on File database and streaming video for kids via the Children’s Resource page on the Library website.
  • Research databases available through the Library from the Library website.