Cape May County Libraries Have Reopened with Coronavirus-Related Protocols in Place

By: David J. Detweiler, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern

CAPE MAY, N.J. — As of October 5, Cape May County Library has reopened its doors to the public with guidelines in place to keep visitors safe. The library offers books, e-books, movies, music, and an array of other entertainment options.

Cape May’s library added some other noteworthy regulation changes on top of its 25% capacity limit. There is also a 30-minute limit for visitors to browse shelves for books and a one-hour computer use limit. This is set in place to help regulate capacity. 

Temperature checks will be given to all guests who enter the library. Masks and social distancing are required once entering the premises. Anyone who needs to use the library’s equipment (computers, fax machine, scanner, printer, etc.) can call ahead to make a reservation. Guests are expected to leave the library once they finish using the equipment. Appointments can be made on the same day and up to five days in advance. The bookmobile service, usually held on Thursdays and Fridays, will be halted for the time being. The convenient curbside pickup that has been offered will still be in effect until further notice. 

“I am proud to announce we are reopening the libraries safely and following all of the necessary precautions to keep our employees and residents safe,” Cape May County Library’s liaison and Freeholder E. Marie Hayes said in a release. “The safety of our employees and patrons has always been paramount to the decisions made by Director Andrea Orsini when considering the proper opening time.”

You can find a branch of Cape May County Library in Cape May City, Lower Township, Wildwood Crest, Cape May Court House, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Sea Isle City, and Woodbine. Those searching for more information (including the entire Pandemic Code of Conduct) or in need of hours of operation for these branches can find it here.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.