DATE: December 3, 2012
BELMAR: Today Mayor Matthew J. Doherty announced that the Belmar Public Library will reopen to the general public on Friday, December 7, 2012. Basic lending services will be available and the occasion will be celebrated with light refreshments and face painting at 3 pm. Mayor Doherty said, “I am thrilled to announce that the library is being returned to our residents, this marks another important milestone in our recovery efforts.”
The lower level of the Library suffered the main brunt of damage from Hurricane Sandy, with loss of heating and electrical services forcing full building closure. The building is safe to occupy and has lighting and heat. The lower level will remain closed for further repair of damages caused by the storm.
In the midst of a major facelift before the super storm hit, the Library sports a new roof and refurbished stucco siding, renovated water drainage system, newly-paved driveway and parking area, new carpeting and a redesigned computer station. “Early on in the disaster recovery process, our residents and patrons expressed concern for the Library and inquired as to an anticipated reopening date. Borough staff has worked hard to ensure the building is safe and reopen basic lending services while work to the lower level continues.” said the Mayor.
In addition to our book collection, including audio books and large print books, and DVD selections, we are offering curbside service to our patrons with special needs. In the absence of the use of the handicapped-accessible ramp, we will accommodate our patrons who need additional assistance with returning or checking out library materials by meeting them curbside. Call the Library at 732-681-0775 and give us your name, card numbers, items you wish to check out and the time you will arrive. Please let us know if you will also be returning library materials.
In our continuing effort to accommodate our patrons as well as provide meeting space for local community groups, the library hours have been revised slightly. Effective Friday, December 7, 2012 the hours of operation are as follows:
Monday and Wednesday – 9 am to 8 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday – 9 am to 2 pm
The library is located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, please call the library at (732) 681-0775 and visit the Library atwww.belmarlibrary.org.