The library is open for in-person browsing!
Patrons are now permitted to enter the library to borrow and browse for items. A limited number of public computers are available with a maximum session of 30 minutes per day, per person. Public seating areas remain closed at this time.
Per New Jersey regulations, a maximum of 15 patrons will be allowed in the building at one time, and social distancing is required. Additional visitors will be asked to wait on the porch and will be admitted in the order of their arrival. Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 2 and must be worn at all times in the building. Any patrons without a mask will be asked to leave. Prior to visiting, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines located in our amended Code of Conduct. Curbside pickup is still available by request to all Ho-Ho-Kus cardholders. For details on this service, please see below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What hours will the library be open?
The library is open its regular hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10am-8pm; and Saturday 10am-1pm. The book drop is open for returns 24/7.
Can I return my items inside the library?
For patron and staff safety, all returns must be placed in the book drop on the porch and cannot be accepted at the Circulation Desk. Returns will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours prior to check-in, per CDC guidelines. Late fees will be waived through September 30. Please do not worry if you still see an item on your card a day or two after you returned it.
Who can enter the library?
Anyone is welcome to visit the library, including residents of other towns. Curbside pickup remains limited to Ho-Ho-Kus residents only. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask. A maximum of 15 patrons are permitted in the library at one time. If you are feeling unwell, have a fever, or have visited one of the states on New Jersey's travel advisory list within the last 14 days, we respectfully ask that you refrain from coming to the library. All children under 14 are required to visit the library with a parent or caregiver.
I want to browse the library's collection. Are there any no-contact options for checking out materials other than curbside pickup?
Yes! Self-checkout is available by downloading our brand new MeeScan app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Simply borrow items by scanning their barcode with your phone's camera, and a receipt will be emailed or texted to you. MeeScan is available across BCCLS libraries, but items may only be checked out within the physical library building. Click here to view our tutorial on installing and using the app on iOS devices.
Will the library still offer programs?
All in-person programming is suspended until further notice. However, we offer a variety of free virtual and take-home programs for all age groups. Please visit our calendar to see the full lineup.
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Updated September 8, 2020.