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We are now open in our temporary locations!

The main library is under construction until late 2026

New hours effective May 1:

298 Walton Avenue

Mon 8:30am – 8pm
Tue 8:30am – 5pm
Wed 8:30am – 5pm
Thu 8:30am – 8pm
Fri 8:30am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 5pm

Baird Center @ 5 Mead St.

Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday CLOSED
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 12 pm -4 pm


More details here




Freedom to Read with Mychal Threets: Hybrid presentation

Monday, May 20
7 p.m.

Mychal Threets is an award winning librarian from California whose infectious “library joy” and viral insta and TikTok posts has spread awareness about the importance of diverse books and being an upstander against bullying and speaking out about mental health and well-being has been enjoyed by all ages.
Registration required


We are proud to co-sponsor this event along with:
The New Jersey Safe Schools Coalition
South Orange Maplewood School District
SOMSD Parenting Center,
CHS Freshman Academy
Maplewood Memorial Library
Township of Maplewood
Village of South Orange
Community Coalition on Race

In-person storytimes are back
at Baird Center!

Tuesday Toddlers
Wednesday Wigglers

Two 30-minute sessions
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.


Our space is limited; registration is required

Sign up here

The Building Connections project has progressed to a new phase!

In a town hall meeting in April, Andrew Berman Architect presented updated renderings of the new library complex
See the latest renderings here


Watch presentation here


This project is supported by funds from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, administered by the New Jersey State Library.



The library is now part of BCCLS!

SOPL patrons now have access to 78 area member libraries

Download the BCCLS app onto your smart-device!

More information here


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High-speed wireless Internet is now available anywhere around the building, 24/7

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Installation and maintenance of this wireless network was made possible through an ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) grant.