The following is a release by Camden County:
In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Camden County Library System will be resuming its curbside services until at least Friday, Jan. 14. These services will end indoor use of the facilities to ensure proper public health protocols and procedures are in place because of the spike in cases in the county and the state.
The operation will allow libraries in the county system to operate with strict policies in place, including:
- No patron is permitted to enter the brick-and-mortar premises;
- In-premises operations are limited to employees who are needed to perform essential functions and curbside, virtual, and telephone services.
- Patrons may place holds and request library materials and interlibrary loans using the Library’s website.
- Patrons are required to wait in their vehicles until staff delivers or retrieves their materials; and
- Designated employees are responsible for bringing materials from the facility and placing them directly in a patron’s vehicle.
- Library materials may be returned 24/7 in the book drop at any branch.
The Camden County Library System first began offering curbside pick-up and drop-off services at branches throughout the county on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
Hours of operation for the system’s curbside, telephone, and virtual services will be:
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. at the Ferry Avenue and Nilsa Cruz Perez Downtown Branches)
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We need to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons and employees during this time,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, liaison to the Library System. “The Camden County Library System has served our residents throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so even if the buildings are closed to the public. While the closure is expected to last two weeks, it may need to be extended if conditions warrant it. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update residents on any changes.”
Information regarding the organization will be posted to the Camden County Library System’s website as it becomes available. As curbside services begin again, all branches will continue to offer virtual programs and classes, digital streaming services, eBooks, virtual meeting rooms and reference services from librarians via telephone, email and video calls.
As a courtesy to our patrons, all expired library cards have been renewed. Non-resident card holder’s accounts have been renewed until February 28 with no additional charge. New non-residents can obtain free courtesy cards with an expiration date of February 28.