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Library Takeout Service


On the Menu:  Only items currently on the shelves in our library

Pickup Hours:  Monday through Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4

Chatham patrons only.  *Borrowing from other libraries is not available at this time.

1.  To Place an Order:  You may place hold requests on Chatham items through the catalog OR you may place requests via email or phone.  To place your order by email send your name, library card number, contact information, and requests to or call us at 973-635-0603.

2.  Library staff will assemble and label your order with the first three letters of your last name, first name, and last five digits of your library card number.  You will be notified by email or via the automated phone system that your items are ready to pick up.  The items will be already checked out to you before you pick up your order.

3.  Pick-up Procedure:  To pick up your takeout order, simply enter the library on the ramp side (park entrance at the rear of the building).  The door will be open.  For your safety, enter only when the foyer is empty, one person at a time.  Your order will be available on a cart inside the rear entrance foyer.  Just walk in, collect your order, and exit.  The library is not open to the public at this time.  Remember to continue to practice physical distancing and to wear a facemask near others.  Do not come to collect items if you are feeling unwell or are having respiratory symptoms.

4.  Return Items:  Items will be fine-free through September 8, 2020.  You may return library materials to the library’s book drops.  Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.  Please do not put donations in the book drops – we are not able to accept donations of materials at this time.  Any donated items will be discarded.

5.  In an effort to deal with the backlog of existing holds, and to make sure patrons only get the items they want, we are suggesting that everyone look at their account and remove any holds they no longer need.  This will make things move more quickly as we start Library Takeout service.

*Borrowing from other libraries via interlibrary loan is not available at this time.  However, you may place and pick up holds at the lending library.  When placing a hold in the catalog, you will need to change the Pickup Library location in the drop-down menu to a library that owns the item.   You will need to drive to that library to pick up the item and also to return it.  If you need assistance placing a hold, please call 973-635-0603 or email

Need a card? 
If you do not currently have a library card and you live, work, or go to school in Chatham you can get a six-month card now by sending an email to  Include your name, street address, email for the account, and telephone number.

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