We are experiencing an issue with our Kanopy service that will prevent users from accessing titles. We hope to resolve this as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

The library is hosting a town hall meeting at main library building (65 Scotland Rd.) on Thursday, 4/18, at 7 p.m., where architect Andrew Berman will present plans for building project. Details here.

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Library Updates

The library building will close to the public after Sunday, December 10

The long-awaited construction project is set to begin, and the library must move its operations to a temporary location so the work can begin. We expect this process to take 6-8 weeks.

Our temporary location, until construction is complete, will be:

298 Walton Ave. South Orange, NJ

During this time, many of our in-person library services will be unavailable. These include:

Browsing/checking out print materials
Placing or receiving holds in the library
Using computers/printing
Notary/proctor service

We will have phone service with dedicated hours, or questions can be emailed anytime to librarian@sopl.org.

Our digital services, including eLibrary (Libby) for ebooks/audiobooks/magazines, Kanopy (for movies), Mango (for languages), and others, will remain accessible.

Also: effective November 29, we officially become members of the BCCLS consortium, which allows access to more than 75 libraries in northern New Jersey (see announcement below). During this period when our walk-in services are unavailable, patrons may place items on hold in the BCCLS catalog and choose to pick them up at any other member library. More details to come closer to launch date.



South Orange Public Library to join Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS)

At the annual Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) Council Meeting in June the membership, consisting of 77 regional libraries, voted to admit South Orange Public Library (SOPL) into the consortium.  “This was a significant step in joining the BCCLS consortium,” exclaimed SOPL Director Jill Faherty, “and SOPL is looking forward to begin offering these expanded services to our community starting in January 2024!”

By joining BCCLS, South Orange residents will gain unprecedented access to more than 5,000,000 physical books and 60,000 digital items, in addition to walk-in privileges at member libraries.  This consortium allows for reciprocal borrowing among its members so that books, DVDs, and other media are shared among the 77 libraries across four counties, 10 of which are located in Essex County.  

“Offering a broader, diverse scope of materials and technical access,” said Faherty, “was a key reason for joining BCCLS.” Library patrons will be able to place requests and have materials transferred to SOPL for pick up within 48 hours. One patron option, provided by the BCCLS mobile app, makes it possible to search the catalog, place holds, and check account status from mobile devices. 

Faherty began the process of applying for BCCLS membership earlier this year in an effort to bring even more resources to the South Orange community. This announcement comes as SOPL’s building renovation project gets underway, a vital step in reimagining the library as the physical and virtual gateway for access to information, creativity, exchange of ideas, and cultural growth.  This transition will be seamless for cardholders; however, library staff will be available for questions or assistance.  

This initiative was made possible through fundraising efforts of the Friends of SOPL, which covered the initial costs of BCCLS membership. “I wish to thank the Friends for this invaluable investment.  Joining BCCLS is going to open a treasure trove of new resources to the community.” SOPL Board President, Hildy Karp.

About SOPL:

The mission of the South Orange Public Library is to meet educational, informational, and cultural needs of the South Orange community. The library is committed to providing free and open access to a broad collection of materials in varied formats and media, professional assistance in locating, using, and evaluating resources and programs for all ages that encourage reading, provide intellectual stimulation, and cultural enrichment. The library offers a welcoming, neutral public space with capacity for all generations, individuals, and groups that encourages individual pursuits, collaboration, and community engagement. SOPL hosts a distinct collection of materials unique to the Township of South Orange Village and of special interest to community members and community organizations. Learn more about the SOPL and stay connected via social media; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. 

Media Contacts:

Jill Faherty, jfaherty@sopl.org 

Kristen LaGrua, klagrua@sopl.org