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Posted on: September 20, 2021

Library Renovations & Temporary "Mini Library"

Millburn Library

9/29 Update

Please be advised that the Library building at 200 Glen Avenue will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, October 6 and 7, as the Library transitions to its temporary location at 253 Millburn Avenue, which is scheduled to open on Friday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit: millburnlibrary.org/renovations

Original Message

The Board of Trustees of the Millburn Free Public Library is excited to announce the renovation of the Millburn Library beginning in late summer 2021. The renovation will encompass most of the building interior and result in a new, larger, Children's Room, a relocated Teen Space, new service desks, new carpeting and lighting, and other improvements that will serve the community for years to come. 

The project will result in a short-term closure of the building, beginning on or about Friday, October 1, while interior walls come down, new walls are built, and the computer hub is relocated. The closure is projected to last for approximately fourteen weeks. When the majority of this building is ready, a partial reopening will take place as the finishing touches are put in place in the Children's Room. A grand re-opening will be scheduled for when the project is complete. 

When the building is closed, library service will remain available in a few ways. First, the MFPL will virtualize as it did during the height of the pandemic in 2020. E-books, streaming services, virtual reference assistance, and online programs will be our primary service methods. But, unlike last year, when all libraries were closed by executive order, this time our neighboring libraries will be open for service. Millburn cardholders will be able to receive walk-in library service from all BCCLS libraries, including nearby Livingston and Maplewood. Millburn cardholders will also be able to request books through the online catalog and arrange to have them sent for pickup to any BCCLS library. Additionally, the Library also has a special reciprocal agreement with Summit allowing in-person service there. 

The option we are most excited about, however, is the opening of a temporary pop-up "mini library" library  with select services at 253 Millburn Avenue, about 3 blocks from the library building.  This is the former “Annie Sez” store.  The temporary library will have a small collection of books, periodicals, computers, and more.  It will be open 7 days a week. 

Throughout the duration of the project, Library staff will be available during our scheduled service hours in-person at our pop-up site as well as via email, phone, text and Zoom.

Read the full press release about the renovations here (PDF).

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