Make an appointment, show up and ring the doorbell for admission. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Easing its way out of the pandemic of 2020-2021, the Red Bank Public Library began allowing visitors into the West Front Street institution for the first time in more than a year Monday.

The new reality, however, requires appointments, masks, limits on usage and self-checkouts, among other limitations.

The library is now open by appointment, and to some walk-ins, depending on availability, during two- and three-hour blocks, Monday through Friday.

Visitors must wear masks and sanitize their hands before accessing computers or using “browse-‘n-go”services. And visits are limited to one hour.

The Children’s Room and Local History Room remain off-limits to visitors.

Saturdays remain a curbside-pickup-only day, however, with no visitors allowed inside. Curbside delivery of holds or patron-requested printing is available during all library hours.

For more information about the hours and rules, read this. To make an appointment or get additional information, call at 732-842-0690 or email

The public libraries in Fair Haven and Little Silver remain closed to the public, with lobby/curbside pickup of ordered materials offered.

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