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. 

We have moved into Phase 3..

of our phased Re-open Plan.  On September 28, we welcomed the first patron in for a 45 minute computer appointment.  Social distancing requires us to limit public access to 2 computers and there are new procedures and restrictions.  

In spite of restrictions, allowing patrons back into the building is another step forward.  We anticipate opening up a COVID browsing library by the beginning of November with an open area for patrons of all ages to come in and browse new and selected materials from our larger collection.  Staff will be available to assist with requests and you can continue to place materials on hold for pickup.

We will continue to make foyer pickup available for those who don't want to come into the library.  Materials should still be returned into the exterior drop boxes.  You can check the complete list of instructions for more information.  

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