FAQs

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

COVID-related

  • Q: Are you still open?
  • A: The building is closed to the public, but is offering contactless pickup of physical library materials in the front lobby during certain hours.
  • 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: Fines will resume on June 30.  Fines did not accrue between March 16 and June 30.
  • Q: My library card is set to expire soon. What should I do?
  • A: For library cards that expired on or after March 1, 2020, expiration dates have been automatically extended to September 1.  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 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. 

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

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

Have a Question not answered here

email envelope green Click here to Email a librarian! 

A message from the Board of Trustees

Dear Library Patrons and Members of the New Providence Community,

Your library continues to work hard for you through these uncertain times. The New Providence Memorial Library (NPML) offers virtual browsing, contactless pickup and a variety of online resources, including downloadable eBooks, music, movies and audiobooks. Throughout our closure, NPML has also kept you informed and engaged through its website, Facebook page and all the exciting virtual programming.

Read more ...

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