Avalon Library & History Center Plan for Reopening

Library and History Center open to the public with limited seating options

Effective June 3, 2021, patrons have access to public seating on a first come, first serve basis. Length of time may be limited. Please call or visit the library for more information.

Following the current guidelines in effect, patrons may now:

  • Enter the Library and History Center to:
    • Briefly browse the library collection or a museum exhibit and use available services in those facilities, including the children's room and newspapers in the magazine area.
    • Reserve and use a public library computer for up to 60 minutes (when availability permits).
    • Access the scan/fax station and public copier.
    • Patrons must wear a mask when using the Library and History Center unless the patron is fully vaccinated* or has a medical reason for not doing so or is a child under two years of age.
    • If a patron is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 they may not enter the Library or History Center.
    • Patrons must be respectful of other patrons and staff preference regarding social distancing.
    • Length of visit may be limited to support access.
  • Staff members may work on a rotating schedule to act as greeters to answer patron questions and manage patron occupancy with support from an occupancy management tool, as needed.
  • Individuals under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Virtual and phone tech help appointments can be scheduled. In person tech help for using library resource is available, call the Library for details.
  • Public seating is limited and meeting rooms are not available
  • Programs are virtual or outside. Visit the web calendar for more details.
  • All high touch areas will be cleaned during the day as per established practices and schedule.
  • All restrooms are individual (family) use.

*Updated in accordance with Executive Order 242 on May 28, 2021.



1. Do you offer contactless pick-up of library materials?

Yes. Contactless pick-up of library materials is available by appointment. Details can be found here.

2. How do I search the catalog for items I want to request?

You can search for items directly from the library homepage. Click the "Home" tab in the upper-left corner of this page, then enter your search terms in the text box at the top right-hand side of the screen.

Watch this video for instruction on how to access the catalog, search for items and place holds.

3. Can I request the Library purchase a title?

We are happy to consider purchasing your recommendations! Fill out our Select a Purchase form with the details of the item you would like us to add to our collection.

4. Are you offering Library by Mail at this time?

Library by Mail will resume on January 4th, 2021 for Avalon property owners. Sign up for our email notifications to stay informed on this and other topics. 

5. Will I be fined for late items?

The accrual and collection of fines and fees has been temporarily suspended. Lost or damaged items will still be billed.

6. Can I still use your Interlibrary Loan service?

Interlibrary Loan service is provided through the State Library and has been resumed as of October 1, 2020.   


1. What changes have the Library and History Center made in response to COVID-19?

Below are some of the measures taken by the Library and History Center to limit the transmission of COVID-19. As restrictions were lifted, some of the measures also changed.

  • Limiting the amount of staff in the building at the same time
  • Limiting the number of patrons permitted in the building at the same time
  • Limiting the amount of time patrons can spend in the building
  • Requiring the use of face masks by all persons inside the building
  • Staff workstations have been properly distanced
  • Sanitizing communal surface areas on a regular schedule
  • Wearing gloves and masks, frequent hand-washing and making hand-sanitizer available
  • Offering contactless pickup of library items via Porch Pickup service
  • Offering remote programs in lieu of live programs where many people gather
  • Promoting use of our Digital Library for electronic books, audiobooks, movies, newspapers and magazines
  • Quarantining all returned materials for 24 hours
  • Quarantining all History Center donations for 24 hours

2. How is the Library making decisions about when to open and what types of services to offer?

We are following NJ-mandated rules and recommendations for phased opening. These inform our decisions about how to manage in-person services, such as material checkout, program offerings and one-on-one patron assistance.

3. What is the best way to stay updated on changes in library service?

Subscribe to our email newsletter or check our homepage and social media pages frequently for messages.

4. Where can I get current information about COVID-19?

o    CMC Health Department: https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department 
o    NJ Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/ 
o    CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 


1. Do you have ebooks and audiobooks available to borrow?

We offer ebooks and audiobooks on two platforms: Overdrive with an app named Libby, and Hoopla Digital.

2. Do you offer streaming movies?

We offer two platforms for streaming video: Hoopla Digital has films and TV episodes. Kanopy has independent films, foreign films and documentaries. 

3. Do you offer streaming music?

We offer streaming music through Hoopla Digital.

4. Do you offer access to online newspapers and magazines?

We offer PressReader for browsers and via the app. PressReader has hundreds of US newspapers, such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, and magazine titles and thousands of international titles. We also offer online access to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. All of these can be found on our Digital Library page here.


Are you accepting item donations?

Yes! We will accept books, audiobooks, DVD's, and CD's that are in good condition. If the items are moldy, musty, or damaged we cannot accept them. We also do not currently accept donations of encyclopedias, magazines, or VHS tapes.


I have a question not covered here. How do I get help?

Please use our help form or call (609) 967-7155 


1. Can I still get a library card if I can't come into the building?

Online cards are available for Avalon, NJ property owners and Cape May County, NJ residents who are 18 years of age or older. 
     1. Fill out this form to have a library card created for you or to retrieve your existing library card number.
     2. We will email you with a library barcode within 24 hours of your request. 
     NOTE: You will be required to prove identity and address the first time you come to the library to check out physical materials when we are open to the public. 

2. I don't have my library card number. How can I get it?

The fastest way to retrieve your existing library card number is to fill out this form and we will email your card number within 1-2 business days.

3. My library card appears to have expired. How can I renew?

Library cards expire every two years. This allows us to review your information with you to be sure that what we have is up-to-date. You can renew your card by filling out this form or calling us at 609-967-7155.


1. Are programs and events still scheduled?

All current Library and History Center programs are virtual or outdoors. Check out our calendar of events for more information on programs and how to register. 

2. How do I use Zoom to attend Library programs?

Please view our video instructions for how to attend a Zoom program. If you have questions, please reach out to our programming department at [email protected].


1. Can I still access Library Wi-Fi?

The Library's unsecured public Wi-Fi is available 24/7 from the parking lot and from the exterior front porch, optimized for proper social distancing.

2. Can you help me with my computer or device?

The Library prefers to offer tech help over the phone and strongly recommends calling us at 609-967-7155 or emailing us at [email protected] to see if your question can be answered remotely before coming in. A staff member may not be on hand to assist you as a drop-in and you may be asked to call at a later time.


In limited instances we may be able to help in person: 

  • If you need basic help using Library online resources and are able to communicate through a partition with an available staff member.
  • If a staff member is able to help without handling your device.
  • If a tech help staff member is available. If no one is available you will be encouraged to call the Library at a later time.

We cannot help at this time with in-depth issues requiring more than 15 minutes. You may call our Digital Outreach Coordinator at 609-967-5900 x3153 to schedule a phone or online appointment or register for one of our Open Forum Tech Zoom sessions. 

3. Can I scan, fax, email or make copies?

  • Two public PCs are available for 15-minute PC sessions. Once your session expires you must leave the area but may return later in the day for another 15-minute session, if needed. If help is needed on the PC it is recommended that you return with a family member or friend who can assist you.
  • Faxing is available from our scanning station, which scans to email and to a flash drive.
  • Photocopying is currently available from the inside area of our front porch

Patrons may only be in the building for 20 minutes at a time to limit potential COVID-19 exposure and help can only be provided from a safe distance and in some cases may not be available.