FAQs

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

COVID-related

  • Q: Are you still open?
  • A: While browsing is not yet available, you can call or place a hold online for contactless pickup of physical library materials in the front lobby during certain hours.  We are accepting appointments for 45 minute computer sessions.
  • 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: Yes.  Fines did not accrue only between March 16 and June 30 of 2020 while the library was closed.
  • Q: My library card is set to expire soon. What should I do?
  • A: 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 Freegal?
  • A: Freegal is a digital resource for music.
  • Q: What can I access through Kanopy?
  • A: Kanopy is a digital resource for documentaries, classics and indie films.
  • 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.   You can also check out print magazines.

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
    • Brainfuse offers tutoring assistance in a variety of subjects and for ages ranging from young student to adult.

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

Jun 19 11:00AM-Qi Gong for Teens
Jun 20 12:00AM-Library Closed
Jun 21 01:00PM-Virtual Storytime
Jun 21 03:30PM-Virtual Origami Club
Jun 22 10:00AM-Virtual Storytime- Ages 4, 5, 6

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 are also available.  Use is limited to 2 at a time because of distancing requirements.  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.

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