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mc library hqMANALAPAN – The 24/7 open hours of the Monmouth County E-Library remain active and popular with members during the shutdown of all branches of the Monmouth County Library during the Corona-19 virus pandemic.

The Library Headquarters and all members and branches of the Monmouth County system remain closed in response to Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 107, but staff is available by phone and email to assist with information or provide technical support for the use of the library’s online services.

Book drops remained closed and due dates will be extended after library branches are able to open again. At the same time, fines for delinquent returns are waived during the closure, and users with books are asked not to leave any items outside any of the library doors.

Library users have access to numerous resources and are encouraged to use them to access any of the thousands of e-books and audio books, as well as Kanopy, where movies, documentaries, international films and other recreational programs and entertainment are available. The library offers Libby by Overdrive, an app which makes numerous selections available for both reading and listening pleasure. Kanopy entertainment is also available simply with a library card at no cost and databases for children are also available, including story books, read-alongs, fiction and nonfiction, videos, language learning, puzzles and other games.

For residents of municipalities that are members or branches of the Monmouth County Library who do not have library membership, new library cards can still be secured while the libraries are closed.

Interested persons are requested to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and including name, phone number, and an attached image of identification that includes the applicant’s name and street address, preferably a current valid driver's license. When approved, this card will be valid for three months. Once libraries are permitted to reopen, new applicants can visit their local library branch to validate and pick up their physical library card. The process is available for adults, not juvenile patrons during this time.

For library members whose cards are about to expire before June 30, the cards will be temporarily extended through July 2. Once the library reopens, the user should visit a branch to validate and fully renew their membership.

For library users with questions about their accounts or how to access materials, the staff has employed a live chat feature on the library website or by calling 866-941-8188 Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

For further information, visit www. Monmouthcountylib.org.

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