- When did SBPL close? To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Library closed its mobile branch and its building to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13th.
- What should I do with Library items I still have at home? Should I return them to the Library? Will I be fined? Please do not return any borrowed items you have at home for now. For safety reasons, we are asking you to hold onto these until at least July 1st or when we officially re-open. No one will be charged any fines for items held while we are closed.
- Can I still drop off book or food donations to the Library building? No. Please hold onto your book donations while we are closed. Food donations can go to the South Brunswick Food Pantry. For information visit https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/social-services-home.
- Can I still somehow borrow books, movies and magazines from the Library? Yes! Visit our digital collections accessible at www.sbpl.info . You will find ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming media for movies, music, and more.
- Do I need a library card? Yes, a library card number is needed to access most of our digital library. If you need one there is a link to register for a card number on our website, just follow the prompts.
- I have never borrowed an ebook before. What can I do? There is a “chat box” on our website to ask a librarian questions, staffed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a common question. A librarian can walk you through the steps.
- What happened to all of the Library programs for babies, children and tweens after the closing? Mr. Matt and the Children’s staff really hit the ground running and the opportunities continue to grow. Please visit the South Brunswick Public Library YouTube Channel to see for yourself. There are now more than 9 different virtual children’s programs posted to the Channel Monday through Friday. Each week there are daily morning storytimes, a bedtime storytime, a storytime in Spanish and American Sign Language, and even virtual instructional classes for older children for cooking, crafts, games, and science.
- Are there any virtual teen programs? Teens can find a growing collection of virtual games and more on our social media and YouTube channel.
- Are there any virtual adult programs? Yes! There are cooking, crafts, classes, book discussions and more. Please check our online Events Calendar at sbpl.info for the growing list.
- I miss attending my book club. We understand. In April we began to set up our monthly book clubs as virtual book clubs, (plus a new one called Book Chat!) You can still find all the same groups: Monday Night Book Discussion, Coffee & Conversation, Bite Club, and the Small Wonders Short Story Group. Watch our e-mails and social media for more details to connect or check out the Events Calendar on our website.
- I miss studying with my buddies at the Library. What can I do? Visit Brainfuse at www.sbpl.info and set up a virtual study group!
- There is so much information on the web. Where can I easily find the details that affect South Brunswick, its schools, police, and library? To help you stay informed, our staff has created a website just for COVID-19 related news and opportunities for South Brunswick. Visit www.southbrunswickcovid.info . Web hosting made possible by the South Brunswick Library Foundation.
- Since SBPL closed, I do not have access to wifi. No worries. SBPL is a provider of Internet access. Our wifi signal does extend into our parking lot if you need it while the building is closed.
- Will Summer Reading programs be cancelled? No. We are still evaluating the situation and currently planning for Summer Reading programs with virtual components. We will update you more as soon as we can.
- When will you re-open? We will! Promise! But, we are not yet certain what date we can safely reopen our building and mobile branch. We will be following guidelines set by the New Jersey Governor and our Township about when and how we can proceed. We will keep you posted!
- What is the bright side? Absence does make the heart grow fonder and we are surely looking forward to having you visit us again just like you used to do. Meanwhile, we hope that you are using these unusual circumstances to become more familiar with all of our wonderful social media sites and digital collections and services. Our digital library is always available to you 24/7, whether we are open or closed, virus or no virus.
Until we meet again, one day very soon, please continue to follow the CDC and NJ guidelines to stay safe and stay well. Thank you. <3