The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Library remains open to the public with limited hours at limited capacity.

See Library Updates for new schedule change (effective January 4).

We are always open online.

The library is following all local and state guidelines; building is open at 25% capacity. Main Floor for Seniors only on Fridays 9am to noon.

Lobby pickup continues if you would prefer not to enter the building. Call or email requests to

Library Updates



A statement from the South Orange Public Library Board of Trustees following the attack on Congress:

“Libraries are . . . essential to the functioning of a democratic society. . .libraries are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt
Libraries are essential democratic institutions and, without barriers, provide access to information and learning to all.  The Board and staff of SOPL condemn the violence at the Capitol and work every day to promote democracy.



Introducing a new streaming service for crafters!

Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Learn sewing, quilting, paper crafting, knitting, crochet, art & design, jewelry making, and much more! Find new ideas and instructions on food & home, holidays & party, and activities to do with your kids.

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Special Conversations with Special Guests: Virtual

Join us every Friday at 1 pm on Zoom as we hear from a distinguished local guest!

Jan. 8 Jo Ann Middleton, Author and Professor emeritus of English and Medical Humanities at Drew University (view program here!)

Jan. 15 Justin Anderson, Author and Professor Of Moral Theology at Seton Hall University

Jan. 22 Michael Barnett, Professor of Strategic Management at Rutgers Business School

Jan. 29 Rosann Bar, Dean of the School of Business and Technology, Ocean County College

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A Virtual Discussion with Renée Watson

Tuesday, January 26   7 p.m.

Join us for a talk with bestselling author, educator, and activist Renée Watson. She is the author of Piecing Me Together and the new book Love Is a Revolution, among many others.

Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Educators and parents are also welcome.

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Need wifi at home? Internet on the fritz?

The library has hotspots and tablets for checkout!

  • Hotspots provide a wireless signal for multiple devices
  • Tablets come with own wireless signal.
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