Contactless Pickup

New Providence Memorial Library is lending physical materials. Contactless pickup of holds is available in the lobby:

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

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.


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

If people are lined up on the sidewalk, please use the book drop on the left and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.

Fines began to accrue on all overdue items starting June 30. To pay a fine, please place the exact amount in an envelope with your name and card number on it inside the wooden box on the table in the lobby.

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

Upcoming Events

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.