Public announcement, May 20, 2021
The Sparta Library has incrementally rolled back safety precautions implemented during the COVID outbreak. Currently the precautions still in effect that impact patrons that follow State and County guidelines are the following:
All patrons are required to wear a mask while inside the library. If you do not have a mask one will be provided for you. If you have a health concern regarding mask wearing please call the library and we will try to serve you in some capacity (i.e. curb side pickup).
Six-foot distancing for non-family members.
There is a two-hour time limit in the building per day.
There is a two-hour time limit for computer use, this becomes 30 minutes if there are others waiting. Sign in at the circulation desk.
No food or drink are allowed in the building.
Please continue to return all materials in the book and media drops on your way in.
Thank you for your cooperation. Hopefully we will be able to remove more restrictions soon.
Items will no longer be put in quarantine. Therefore the library will go back to regular hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 8:00
Friday 8:30 – 5:00
Saturday 8:30 – 3:00
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00
Summer hours will start after Memorial Day weekend: Close at 1:00 on Saturdays and closed Sundays.
Public announcement, September 4, 2020
Sparta Library’s building hours following Labor Day weekend:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The library will be closed September 6th and 7th in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
Public announcement, July 20, 2020
The Sparta Library will be opening our doors for patrons to enter the building on Tuesday, July 21st. We are excited to see our patrons once again but ask that you read the following to understand our guidelines based off of State mandates:
The library will be open from 9:00 to 7:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 4:30 on Fridays and 9:00 to 12:30 on Saturdays.
If you do not feel well please postpone your visit to the library to another day. Feel free to reach out to us via phone and ask how we may be able to handle your library needs remotely.
All materials are to be returned to the book drop or media drop before you enter the building. There will be a stand for library baskets as well. We have been quarantining all returns before checking them in and will continue to do so. Keep this in mind if a recently returned item is still on your account.
All patrons are required to wear masks while in the building. If you have a medical concern regarding the wearing of a mask, please continue to utilize our curb side service for physical materials.
There is a hand sanitizer unit on the wall as you first enter the building on the left, please use it before further entering the building.
We will have a maximum patron capacity of 25 and the maximum stay will be one hour (total per day). We ask patrons to plan their visit to the library to not include a bathroom visit. Upstairs women’s room will be locked, the upstairs men’s room door will remain open and utilized as a hand washing station.
Computers will be available for a maximum of 45 minutes, no extensions.
There will be no notary service at this time.
No food or drink will be allowed in the building.
This is the first phase of reopening the library to patrons. As time moves forward we will be expanding on the services outlined above. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Public announcement, July 1, 2020
The Sparta Library continues to provide curb side service to Sparta patrons who place holds on our physical materials. All patrons also have access to a large number of digital materials, resources and virtual programs. We are continuing to work on preparing our facility to be in accordance with all executive orders given by governor Murphy. These preparations will lead to opening the library to patrons in mid-July. Executive Order 157 states that libraries can open to the public on an earlier date but all guidelines must be adhered to first, for the safety of our staff and patrons. Once those measures are in place we will be happy to have patrons visit us in person once again.