PRINCETON – Officials at the Princeton Public Library appreciate the patrons for holding on to their checked-out items while the library has been closed. Many people have been eager for the library to reopen and library personnel share this aspiration. However, the health and safety of the community and staff is, and will always be the library’s first priority. Therefore, the library is proceeding carefully and in phases to eventually return to its comfort zone.
The library’s first phase will be to open its drop box return slots located on the west side of the building. Patrons with outstanding items are encouraged to return items in this manner. From there, personnel will quarantine and sanitize the items before checking them in and returning to the shelves. During this period, the returned items will remain on the patron’s account until the items clear quarantine and can be checked in safely by staff, and late fees will not apply to any outstanding items.
This step is important to ensure the collection is expansive and safe for the next step in the library’s reopening plan. Library personnel will contact those patrons with hotspots checked out to coordinate a time when they can accept the return in keeping with Covid-19 safety standards. Also, the library will not be able to collect book donations at this time. Please continue to hold on to them until the library is open to the public.
The board and the staff appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding, and are excited to be one step closer to opening.