Library Closure Updates

The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield will be extending the closure of the public library until Monday, April 20 in coordination with the closure of the Northfield Community School.  Please do not return books to the library at this time.  All fines will be forgiven.  We ask that you hold onto library materials until the building reopens to the public.  This is for your personal safety as well as our staff monitoring the buuilding.

The safety of our community is at the forefront of our decision-making as we continue to respond to this current health emergency.  The Northfield Public Library serves the entire neighborhood including elderly individuals, newborns and those with underlying health issues.  Fines will be waived on all materials due prior to April 20, there is no need to call to renew your items.  Through our website, www.nflibrary.org, you can connect to Overdrive to download audio books and ebooks.   There are also resources for students available to you for all of us who have students beginning home instruction.   Please check in to our website and social media feeds for further updates from the library.

 

Thank you all for your understanding, your empathy and your willingness to do what is best for the Northfield Community.

1.       Become a Member

      Application must be filled out listing address and phone number; email given as an optional contact.

      Current ID must be shown.

      Cards will be available for all ages (members under 17 will receive “youth card”)

      To be eligible for library privileges members must be residents of Atlantic County or from a community belonging to the Coalition of Independent Libraries of South Jersey; this includes Ocean City and Avalon.

   

2.       Loan Period

Best Sellers and books with wait list: 7 days with 10-cent daily fine.

14 day books: 14 days with 10-cent fine. 

Other books and magazines: 21 days and 10-cent fine. 

Audio books: 21 days and 10-cent fine. 

DVDS for 2 days with $1.00 late fee. (limit 3 per card ) 

Only Adults may check out adult videos. 

Members with youth card may only check out children’s videos. 

If library card is not present, members may use a valid driver’s license to check out material.

 

3.        Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons are responsible for replacement cost of lost or damaged materials while in their

possession. Lost cards will be replaced for $1.00.

 

4.        Overdue Materials

At the time of filing out a library application, patrons have the option to be contacted by phone, mail or e-mail to receive reminders about overdue items.  Library privileges maybe revoked for library members with materials that are over 3 months overdue or who have fines exceeding $10.  This may be waived at the discretion of the Director if patron has a valid explanation.  Non Northfield residents will lose privileges permanently if they are persistent offenders.  Names of patrons with materials overdue 6 months or more will be given to the library board for action.

 

Resources for COVID-19

CDC & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

New Jersey Department of Health https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Atlantic County Division of Public Health https://www.atlantic-county.org/public-health/

New Jersey State Library COVID-19 Resources https://libguides.njstatelib.org/covid2019


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