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Sussex County Libraries Reopening July 20 with Limited Capacity

Release Date: July 17, 2020

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Newton, NJ – The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce that all locations will reopen to the public for limited service beginning Monday, July 20. Visits are by appointment only and can be scheduled online at external link or by calling your local branch. Per the Governor's Executive Order, buildings are limited to 25% capacity, and masks are required.

Visits will be scheduled for 45-minute increments starting at the top of each hour. Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized before the next group of scheduled visits begins. All locations will be open for scheduled visits from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, plus Saturday at select locations. The 10-10:45 a.m. timeslot will be reserved for seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

The Library's popular Grab-and-Go service will also continue. Borrowers may request items online or by calling their local branch, and can have those items packaged up for a scheduled, no-contact pickup during open hours. All Library programming will continue to be held online, including Summer Reading.

"We are thrilled to be able to welcome the public back," stated Library Director Will Porter, "and ask for everyone's patience while we all adapt to our new procedures. While we have been very pleased with the flexibility provided by our online resources, we are looking forward to safely resuming access to our services that can only be used at the library. For many Sussex County residents, the Library is their only reliable source of internet access, for example, and many of our local history and genealogy resources are not available when our doors are closed."

More detailed information about reopening plans, online scheduling, and access to SCLS resources can be found at or by calling your local library:
Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike, Frankford – 973 948-3660
Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street, Newton – 973 383-4810
Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street, Franklin – 973 827-6555
Dorothy Henry Branch, 66 Route 94, Vernon – 973 827-8095
E. Louise Childs Branch, 21 Sparta Road, Stanhope – 973 770-1000
Sussex-Wantage Branch, 69 Route 639, Wantage – 973 875-3940

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