Borrowing Materials

New Providence Memorial Library is lending physical materials. Limited Public Browsing inside the building and Contactless Pickup of holds in the lobby are available:

Monday 10-7
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-4
Thursday 10-7
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-3

Limited Public Browsing

Welcome back inside the library! We've rearranged our space with public health in mind.

When you enter the building, directly to your right is a hands-free thermal temperature scanner and hand sanitizer. Just line up your forehead about 3-5 inches from the scanner to have your temperature read. 

All open browsing areas are to the left of the circulation desk. There are sections designated for children's, teen, and adult materials. If you are looking for something specific that is not on display in these areas, please ask at the front circulation desk for help.

Limited Public Browsing includes:

  • New material and selected displays.
  • Small selection of bookstore books.
  • Small family groups allowed inside for in-person browsing.
  • Limit 5 books at checkout.
  • No lingering, restrooms, tables or chairs.
  • Children's Room, Meeting Rooms and back stacks remain closed.
  • Public Computer use by 45-min appointments made in advance.
  • Contactless Pickup in foyer still available.

How Contactless Pickup Works

Use our online catalog and place a hold on the items you want. When you click "place hold" in the catalog, you'll be prompted to log in. Log in with your library card barcode and PIN. Your PIN number is the last four digits of your library card. Holds are limited to a maximum of ten per library card.

Not sure of what you'd like to read or watch? Browse our shelves and place a hold directly from the list, ask us to choose your next 3 books, or explore our recommended reading page.

Don't have Internet? Call the library at (908) 665-0311 to place up to 5 holds over the phone. You'll need a New Providence card, or a card you've used here before that has not expired in our system (out of town cards expire 12 months after registration). New Providence residents may apply for a library card online.

Holds will be filled in the order they were received.  Wait time will depend on the volume of requests the library is experiencing, as well as the length of the waiting list for an item.

When an item you've placed a hold on is ready to be picked up, you will receive an email notification or a phone call for that item.

You have three business days to pick up your item(s) from the library. After three days, the book will go back on the shelf, or to the next patron on hold for the item.

When You Go to Pick Up Your Materials

  1. Once you've received a phone call or email notifying you that your item is ready for pickup:
  2. Walk up to the front entrance of the library. Pickup hours are listed at the top of this page.
  3. If someone is already in the lobby, please wait outside 6 feet back on a green X on the sidewalk.
  4. Weather permitting, the front doors will be propped open. Otherwise, open the front door.
  5. Look for the item or bag with your name on it. Items are in alphabetical order by last name.
  6. Take your item or bag and go. Your items will be checked out to you ahead of time. A receipt with the due date will be inside.
  7. If you need to speak with staff, call the library on your cell phone at (908) 665-0311. 

Remote Printing

You may print to the library printer from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet. Limit of five black and white pages/day and one color page/day.

The simplest way to print remotely is to email your print to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for black & white ($0.20/page) orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for color ($0.50/page). 

Your prints will be placed in a bag, or wrapped in paper, with your name. The bags on the table in the front lobby are in alphabetical order by last name.

Pay for your prints by dropping exact change in the box on the table.  Prints cost $0.20 per page for black and white and $0.50 per page for color.

Returns

Books and other items may be returned to the book drops located on either side of the library's main entrance. 

To pay a fine, please place the exact amount in an envelope with your name and card number on it inside the small black box on the table in the foyer.

Three days after your item has been returned, it will be checked in. We are quarantining returned items for three business days.  The check-in will be backdated by three business days, so you will not be fined for the quarantine. 

Upcoming Events

We look to the Spring sky..

for hope, renewal and daylight.  Here at NPML, we reflect those feelings with a new, virtual Art Gallery and a re-opening of our Browsing Section.

The Friends of NPML have collected beautiful photos posted over the past year on the NP Community Facebook page.  Lynn O'Neill & Bharat Rao have shown us beauty in the sky over our town and in the process, inspired those feelings of hope and renewal.  Visit the Art Gallery and view other exhibits, too.

Finally, our Browsing Section has re-opened!  Come in to peruse our shelves for new materials.  There are selections of popular items as well as a display of books from AfterWords - our bookstore.  Computers by prior appointment are also available.  As ever, we are strictly enforcing social distancing, capacity, mask and other restrictions. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

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