The New Providence Memorial Library recently joined the MAIN Library Alliance to provide our patrons:
- An expanded collection
- Shorter wait times on your holds
- Access to the latest technology
- Additional subscriptions, databases and learning platforms
MAIN Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is MAIN?
A: MAIN Library Alliance is a northern New Jersey network of 50 public libraries. Membership in MAIN allows reciprocal borrowing of materials across all libraries, and helps to defray high costs of services through the power of group discounts. By joining MAIN, our small library can offer MORE to our patrons!
Q: Does MAIN have a mobile app?
A: Yes. Download the MAIN Library Alliance app to quickly search the library's collection and manage your account on your mobile device. The catalog and your account will also continue to be accessible from a web browser.
Q: Will I need a new library card?
A: No. Your current New Providence library card will still work in our library, online in the new system, as well as at all other MAIN Libraries! Your PIN will remain the same.
Q: How has the library's catalog changed?
A: The new MAIN catalog can search for items in ALL of the MAIN libraries, not just New Providence. Just click the New Providence tab in the Search Results if you want to take a look at our items only. Starting December 7, you'll be able to place holds on items available on New Providence shelves for convenient pickup at the front desk.
Q: Will I still be able to place Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests from libraries outside of MAIN?
A: Yes. If an item is not available through MAIN, it can still be requested through traditional Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Q: What is the difference between MAIN and and the existing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system?
A: Requests are easy to place in MAIN than they were in JerseyCat. We are noticing deliveries arriving more quickly than traditional interlibrary loans, thanks in part to increased number of delivery days.
Q: What can I borrow from other MAIN libraries?
A: Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and other items depending on library policy.
Q: Will I be able to return books from other MAIN libraries to New Providence?
A: Yes. You will also be able to return New Providence library materials to other MAIN libraries.
Q: Will New Providence still participate in M.U.F. and M.U.R.A.L.?
A: Yes to both. Joining MAIN will make checking out seamless at a majority of Morris-Union Federation libraries. Your New Providence card will continue to be valid for use at M.U.R.A.L. libraries, which are mostly located in Middlesex & Union Counties.
Q: Will I still be able to access Hoopla, Libby by OverDrive, Kanopy, and other digital content? What about databases?
A: Yes, you will still have access to all of New Providence's databases and digital content, plus access to new additional resources like Consumer Reports and the Wall Street Journal in 2024.
Q: Can I attend programs at other MAIN libraries?
A: Membership in MAIN has no impact on library events. Some libraries may place certain limitations on programs. But many library events are open to all regardless of residency. Check with the MAIN library before registering or attending an event at their library.
Q: Who are all of the MAIN member libraries?
|Bernards Township Library
|Bernardsville Public Library
|Boonton Holmes Public Library
|Butler Public Library
|Denville Public Library
|Dover Free Public Library
|East Hanover Public Library
|Florham Park Public Library
|Frenchtown Public Library
|Hackettstown Free Public Library
|Hibernia Branch Library
|High Bridge Public Library
|Holland Free Public Library
|Hunterdon County Library HQ
|Hunterdon North Cty Branch Lib
|Hunterdon South Cty Branch Lib
|Jefferson Township Public
|Kemmerer Library Harding
|Kinnelon Public Library
|Lake Hiawatha Branch Library
|Lincoln Park Public Library
|Long Hill Township Library
|Madison Public Library
|Mendham Borough Library
|Mendham Twp Public Library
|Montville Township Public Library
|Morris County Library
|Morris Plains Library
|Morristown & Morris Twp Library
|Mount Arlington Public Library
|Mount Olive Public Library
|Mount Tabor Branch Library
|Mountain Lakes Public Library
|New Providence Memorial Library
|Pequannock Twp Public Library
|Randolph Twp Free Public Library
|Readington Township Library
|Riverdale Public Library
|Rockaway Borough Public Library
|Rockaway Twp Free Public Library
|Roxbury Public Library
|Tewksbury Twp Public Library
|Three Bridges Library
|Washington Twp Public Library
|Wharton Public Library
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