COVID-19 Response & Reopening

Starting in June 2021, the Library lifted many restrictions that were in place during the height of the pandemic and is now fully open to the public. 

We look forward to seeing you back in the Library, and taking advantage of everything we have to offer!

Masks & Social Distancing

The Library requires staff and visitors to wear masks and observe six feet of physical distance while inside the building.

Update: The Board of Trustees reaffirmed the mask mandate at their meeting on August 18, 2021.

The mask policy requires everyone (over the age of 2) visiting or working in the Library to wear a mask at all times when inside the building

Public health was a paramount consideration in this decision. The New Jersey Department of Health’s guidance states, “Face masks are strongly recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings where there is increased risk.”  However, many of the Library’s patrons are young children, families, people with medical vulnerabilities, or unvaccinated. For now, the Library has chosen a cautious approach, comparable to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 251 requiring face masks be worn in school at all times, to ensure that the Library is accessible, safe, and welcoming for all.

Patrons who are unable or unwilling to comply with our safety measures will not be allowed entry but are welcome to continue to use our many contactless services, including our extensive collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks, movies and shows, online learning services, personalized recommendationscurbside pickup, and home delivery options.

Most Services Return to Normal

Starting June 23, 2021, we increased occupancy in the building to 250 individuals at once.  We installed a digital occupancy counter in the rear entrance vestibule so you can view the current occupancy when you arrive.  We ask that you not enter if the occupancy is above 250 and wait until other patrons exit the building before entering. 

Starting Wednesday, June 23, we have removed the time limits placed in effect during the pandemic.  You are welcome to stay longer than one hour and tables and chairs are available throughout the Library.

Starting June 23, quite study rooms, public PCs, copiers, printers and scanner are fully available for public use.

Starting September 1, children under 14 may enter the Library without an adult.  We welcome the return of unattended students in 4th grade and up who wish to read, study, complete homework, attend events or socialize after school.  All children visiting the Library must wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distancing at all times or they will be asked to leave. 

Starting September 1, we will return to in-person programs and events.  In-person programs, including concerts, storytimes and other popular events will return this fall with some restrictions.  Many events now require registration so that we can maintain safe attendance limits and give priority to Mahwah residents.  Visit our events calendar for the most up-to-date event listings.

Woman wearing a mask.

Home Delivery & Curbside Pickup Options

The Library is happy to offer curbside pickup and home delivery as a service for those who are not yet comfortable returning to the Library in person.

Returning Borrowed Items

Borrowed items must be returned in the outside book drop.

Ongoing Changes

Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic and constantly updated guidance from federal, state and local health officials, our policies and procedures around pandemic operations are reviewed at each Board meeting and adjusted whenever needed to reflect the current status of the pandemic in our community.