Updated April 6th, 2020
The Library closed to the public on Sunday, March 15.
The Library closed to the public at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 14. By Governor’s Order libraries are one of many businesses and gathering places to remain closed until further notice. All Library programs, classes and events are also cancelled including any scheduled public meetings. For additional information, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org.
All library materials that are currently checked out by patrons will receive auto-renewals and no fines will be charged. We are instructing our patrons to hold onto any checked out Library materials for now and return them once the Library has reopened. Book drops are locked and cannot accept materials during this time. Again, no late fees will be charged. Holds on all physical items such as books and DVDs are being frozen, so patrons do not lose their spot in the Holds queue when we reopen. Patrons are not able to place any additional holds at this time. Our Friends of the Library will not accept book/media donations during this period. Please do not leave any returns or donations outside of the Library building.
The Library’s mission is to remain a resource for our residents. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding during this difficult time. If you have any further questions, please email the Library at email@example.com. Any updates will be on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org. We also post information and updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- NJ Department of Health
- NJ State Library LibGuide
- If you receive a call from a scammer or suspect price gouging, please report it to @ConsumerNJ at (973) 504-6240 or at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.
- Oxford Academic is offering free access to resources on coronavirus and related topics.
- The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System has opened a COVID-19 public information hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253. The mayor said it can field questions in multiple languages.
- Local: Morris Township is posting updates regarding the novel coronavirus on their website.
- Local: Morristown is also posting coronavirus related updates on their website.
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.
- As more resources from home become available, we will be updating this blog post with information on them and how to access them.
- Various online programming is being offered by the Library staff. Check the Library website for updates on scheduled programming.