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The MAIN Library Alliance

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


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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.  You can also use the library card barcode saved in the mobile app to check out, instead of a physical library card.

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. In addition to placing holds on items that are checked out or that are at another library, you may also place holds on items currently available in the New Providence library for convenient pick up at the front desk at New Providence.

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 you now have access to new additional resources like Consumer Reports and the Wall Street Journal.  

Q: Who are all of the MAIN member libraries?

Bernards Township Library Bernardsville Public Library Boonton Holmes Public Library Bunnvale Library
Butler Public Library Chatham Library Chester 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   Parsippany Library Pequannock Twp Public Library Randolph Twp Free Public Library
Raritan Public Library Readington Township Library Riverdale Public Library Rockaway Borough Public Library  
Roxbury Public Library Tewksbury Twp Public Library  Three Bridges Library Rockaway Twp Free Public Library
Washington Twp Public Library Wharton Public Library Whippanong Library

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Come inside and connect!

Welcome to your NEW New Providence Memorial Library!

If you haven't visited us lately, be sure to come in and experience all that has changed. Our new layout has something for everyone. Browse our new displays, choose your favorite spot to cozy up and read, or sit down to work. Explore our expanded catalog now that we're part of the MAIN Library Alliance. You can request materials in our online catalog from any member library to be delivered here for you to pickup, if we don't have what you need in house. 

We are thrilled to be FINE FREE in an effort to encourage you to come back and keep borrowing. Your library card is your key to all free subscriptions, online resources, and digital materials, too. So get your library card and make a note of your barcode number!

Come discover, collaborate and connect with Your Library this winter and all year long. Visit our Calendar for our program schedule. Join us!

We look forward to seeing you here,

~ Stacey Maisch, Library Director