Introducing Grab-and-Go!

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Franklin Township Public Library is now open to the public with limited services and a reduced capacity for Grab-and-Go. This means that a limited number of patrons can enter the library to browse the shelves, check out and return items, and pay fines.

Starting Sunday, November 1st, Curbside Pickup will be replaced by Front Door Pickup Service. See below for the full details.

Mobile print services and black-and-white copying are now available at all locations. Please see details below.

WHILE WE ARE OPEN FOR GRAB-AND-GO, PATRONS:

  • Must wear masks (this is mandatory, as per State guidelines).
  • Must physically distance from staff and other patrons. Click here for a brief guide on indoor social distancing.
  • Must respect capacity limits inside the open locations.
  • Make best efforts to limit visits to 15 minutes.
  • Must leave location as soon as selections and checkouts are complete.
  • Can continue to access programming, eBooks, research databases, classes, and more virtually, via enhanced digital offerings that will remain in place.

GRAB-AND-GO HOURS*

Grab-and-Go services will be available during our regular operating hours. For our full schedule please check here.

* Curbside Pickup services will end 30 minutes before the library closes or at dusk (whichever comes earlier). Curbside service may be unavailable during inclement weather.

OTHER SERVICES

The following services are NOT available during Grab-and-Go:
  • Fax Services
  • Study Rooms
  • Library Seating
  • Meeting Rooms

Public WiFi continues to be available outside the building. WiFi coverage includes the parking lot in front of the building, the sidewalk in front of the lot, and the gazebo on the front lawn.

Pursuant with guidelines set forward by the State of New Jersey, the library reserves the right to close to the public again if mask wearing or social distancing measures are not adhered to, and/or if COVID-19 levels within the State reach an unsafe level. Barring further restrictions by State, Local, or Federal Governments Curbside Pickup services will remain available during any future closures.

How can I get new library materials?

You can request library materials via the following methods:

Patrons will be limited to twenty-five (25) holds per card and only Video Club members can borrow movies.

Please be sure to choose your pickup location when you place your hold(s).

If you need help finding a good book to read, try our Perfect Picks or Picture Book Picks service. Additional recommendations and reading lists can be found by visiting the library’s home page.

How do I pick up my library materials?

You may pick-up library materials at the Circulation Desk or via our Curbside Pickup service.*

Curbside Pickup Services end 30 minutes before the library closes or at dusk (whichever comes earlier). Curbside service may be unavailable during inclement weather.

  1. Wait to receive notice from the library that your holds are ready. You will have three days from the date of notice to pick up your holds.
  2. Drive to the library you chose as your pickup location. Call the library once you have parked your car. Please park near the main entrance. Do not use the book drop parking.
  3. Wait for staff to bring your holds out to your vehicle and place them in the trunk. Do not exit your vehicle, and keep your windows rolled up.
  4. Please have your library card number ready when you call. You will need to provide the make, color and license plate number of your car so staff can identify your vehicle.

* Starting Sunday, November 1, 2020, our curbside service will be replaced by Front Door Pickup Service. Procedures for this new service will work like like Curbside Pickup except instead of being delivered to your vehicle items will be left on a clearly marked table in the library vestibule for you to pick-up.

How do I return library materials?

Please return all items in the library book or media drops. Returned materials will not be checked in until after a 72-hour quarantine minimum.

Will I receive a fine for late returns?

All returns are back-dated by 72-hours to account for the quarantine period. All other fines are assessed as normal. Fines of $10 or greater can be paid via MY ACCOUNT.

Are print and copy services available?

Yes! Mobile print services and black-and-white copying are available at all locations.

Copy Services

For copy services please speak to a librarian.

Mobile Print Services

DeMott Lane Instructions.

Franklin Park Instructions.

How to print from a web browser:
  1. Choose your pickup library:
  2. Under Printer select either Black and White or Color printer.
  3. Under User enter your E-mail address.
  4. Where it says “Select Document” click on browse, and select the file you wish to print.
  5. Click on the Green Print Icon to submit your print job.
  6. Speak to a librarian at the Reference Desk to retrieve your print job.
How to print via the Smartphone App:
  1. Download the PrinterOn app for iOS or Android
  2. Once in the app, tap on “No Printer Selected” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Search and type Franklin Township Public Library (must be the full name) or tap Location to find the nearest printers.
  4. Select either the black and white or color printer at your desired pickup location.
  5. Select the document, image, or website you wish to print.
  6. Click the Green print icon (if printing a website, hit the white print icon in the top right).
  7. Enter an E-mail address and click OK.
  8. Speak to a librarian at the Reference Desk to retrieve your print job.

Are public computers available?

Yes! Public computers are available by appointment only. For availability please call the Demott Lane Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 Opt 3. or the Franklin Park Branch at 732-873-8700 Opt 5. Please see the guidelines below for more information:

  • At this time public computer use is limited to resident and paid cardholders only.
  • Appointments can be made one (1) day in advance.
  • Appointments last for 45 minutes starting 30 minutes after opening. Please call the number above for full availability.
  • Gloves are encouraged by not required.
  • Patrons are required to clean their workstation with the provided supplies.
  • In order to maintain safe distancing no assistance is available.
  • Only one (1) person per workstation is permitted at this time.

What is the library doing to keep patrons and staff safe?

The library is following CDC recommendations for COVID-19 safety, including:

  • Quarantining returned items for 72 hours before check-in and recirculation.
  • Wearing gloves and masks while handling all materials.
  • Sanitizing library surfaces and equipment frequently.
  • Maintaining appropriate social distances between staff members.
  • Limiting the number of staff in the building to make social distancing easier.