FAQs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you better use the library.

COVID-related

  • Q: Are you still open?
  • A: The building is closed to the public, but is offering contactless pickup of physical library materials in the front lobby during certain hours.
  • Q: How can I return my books and other materials?
  • A: Please return them to the book drop on either side of the entrance doors.
  • Q: Will I be charged overdue fines?
  • A: Fines will resume on June 30.  Fines did not accrue between March 16 and June 30.
  • Q: My library card is set to expire soon. What should I do?
  • A: For library cards that expired on or after March 1, 2020, expiration dates have been automatically extended to September 1.  If you have an expired card, please contact us here and we will extend it a few months.
  • Q: How can I apply for a library card?
  • A: Residents of New Providence may apply for a library card online.

Miscellaneous

  • Q: I'm being asking for my PIN when using digital resources. Do I have one?
  • A: Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your library barcode.  If your PIN does not work, please contact us here. 

Online Resources for ebooks & audiobooks

  • Q: What can I access through Hoopla?
  • A: hoopla is a digital resource for ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV series, music & comics.
  • Q: What can I access through Libby, by Overdrive?
  • A: Libby, by Overdrive is a digital resource for ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Q: What can I access through Teen Book Cloud?
  • A: Teen Book Cloud with ebooks for kids in grades 7 to 12
  • Q: What can I access through Tumblebooks?
  • A: Tumblebooks has read-along picture books, chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books & graphic novels for children.

Online Resources for Magazines

  • Q: Can I access magazines through the library?
  • A: Yes, you can browse digital magazines with Flipster. 

Online Resources for Learning

  • Q: What resources do you offer for digital learning?
  • A: You can access both tech courses and language courses:
    • Lynda with more than 3,000 online courses in a wide variety of subjects
    • Rosetta Stone for learning a new language

Online Resources for Video

  • Q: Can I download or stream videos or TV shows?
  • A: Yes, you can get entertainment and instructional videos through a number of library resources:
    • hoopla digital for ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV series, music & comics
    • kanopy for independent, foreign & classic films and documentaries

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Upcoming Events

Jan 18 12:00AM-LIBRARY CLOSED
Jan 18 12:00AM-LIBRARY CLOSED
Jan 18 12:00AM-Library Closed - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19 10:00AM-Dino Kits
Jan 19 10:00AM-Virtual Storytime- Ages 4, 5, 6

Holiday Building Closing

The Library remains open even if the building will close for a little while...

Because of rising rates of COVID-19 infection in the County and in the town of New Providence, we are being cautious and closing our building to public access from Monday, December 21 through at least Monday January 11 subject to a decrease in infection levels.

Staff is, of course, in the building and we will continue to offer foyer pickup, craft kits and window shopping.  We also have special book bundles prepared for fast  and contact-free gift giving which are available in the foyer.  Take advantage of our Choose 3 Books for Me service or use the Browse Our Shelves feature to request items.  Make sure to check out Ms. Sam's Story Time Room to make browsing for kids' books fun and high tech.

Check our full schedule of events, too.  We look forward to welcoming you back into the library in the New Year and we hope that the holidays bring peace, joy and health to you and all of your loved ones.

377 ELKWOOD AVENUE
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974
908-665-0311