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Updated September 18, 2020

Policies & Procedures


Caldwell Public Library

Policy and Procedures in Compliance with Executive Order #157



Our goal is to expand how we are able to serve the community, prioritizing essential services within the library. At this time, we are operating in a very limited capacity and can not offer space to do work or sit and read. Services are limited to computer use, printer/scanner use, and browsing for materials.




  • A mask must be worn properly (covering nose and mouth) at all times while in the library for all patrons ages 2 and up. If you are unable to wear a mask, we will do our best to help you remotely.

  • Social distancing must be followed with people keeping 6 feet between them and others at all times. (Please note: this may limit how staff is able to help patrons with computer and other technology problems.)

  • At the discretion of the staff based upon available space, strollers may need to be kept outside the building.

  • Reservations are highly recommended for computer usage Reservations may be made up to 3 business days in advance. Sessions will be limited to one 30-minute slot per day with an option to extend the time if there is no-one waiting for the next slot. Patrons who fail to appear for their reserved sessions on two consecutive occasions will be barred from reserving computer times for one week, however, these patrons may drop in and use the computers if they are free.

  • The meeting room is closed to the public during this time.

  • Browsing is limited to 15 minutes if there are people waiting to enter the library. Reservations can also be made in advance, with the same policy as computer reservations.

  • Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or responsible caretaker.

  • Total capacity will be limited based on the library's ability to safely distance patrons and staff and also current recommendations from local and state government and the CDC. See library website for current capacity limitations.


What You Can Expect:


  • Due to a limited number of people that we can fit in the library during this time, entering and exiting will be controlled through the main floor (Bloomfield Avenue). Queue by Door #2 (closest to Roseland Ave/Village Green) and when there is space, people will be let in through Door #1 (closest to Provost Street). The doors will be labeled for visual cues. If alternate arrangements need to be made, please let us know.

  • Patrons are expected to follow floor patterns for safe browsing and flow of traffic.

  • Magazines will be available to be checked out by request. A staff remember will retrieve them for you. Certain issues may take a few days to be ready due to a backlog in processing. 

  • Newspapers will only be available if someone wants to make a copy of an article. Please note that we are missing issues due to placing our delivery on hold while we were closed.

  • Inter-library loans and delivery service within PALS Plus is suspended at this time. Members of other PALS Plus libraries may check out a Caldwell item, but the item must be returned to the Caldwell Public Library. Similarly, if a Caldwell resident goes to another library to borrow an item, they will need to return that item to its home library.

  • Essex County Reciprocal Borrowing (ReBL) is currently not available.

  • Curbside Pick-Up is still highly recommended for materials pick-up.

  • All staff will be adhering to social distancing, wearing masks, regularly disinfecting surfaces, and other measures as needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment in the library.


Approved by the Library Board of Trustees July 15, 2020

Caldwell Public Library

268 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006-5198


The Library is open to the public for limited times.

Please click here to see our curbside and public hours.

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