Books & Other Materials

Online Catalog

Using our online catalog, you can search or browse the Library's collection, place or cancel holds, renew materials on loan, view a list of materials borrowed, find out what fines you owe and more. To log in to your account, you will need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN. You may use the online catalog at the library, or access it from your home computer: use the Encore easy search box or 'Library Catalog' link on our home page, or click on a link below:

Audio & Video Collection

Our collection includes thousands of movies and DVDs, over 1,000 audiobooks, and over 1,000 music CDs. To find videos, CDs, and other audio/visual media, use the online catalog or click on a link below to browse the collection:

NOTE: We no longer receive regional circuit collections of DVDs and music CDs.

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If you don't own an audio player or video player, check out out our Playaway Ready-to-Go audiobooks and Playaway View portable videos - audiobooks and video that come with their own portable player!

We also offer free audiobook downloads from eLibrary NJ!

Our Freegal™ Music Service gives you free access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels. Features tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres! Downloads will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Freegal also has its own mobile apps for iOS and Android devices!

Qello Concerts NEW! is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand - and free of charge to our library users - to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket!

Large Print Books

We have hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books in Large Print (Large Type) format.

NOTE: We no longer receive regional circuit collections of Large Print books.

You can browse the Large Print book collection in our online catalog. To find books in Large Print format by a specific author or title, or on a specific subject, search 'large print' plus the author's name, title or a subject keyword, e.g., 'large print grisham' or 'large print biography'. An alternate method for finding Large Print books is to search by author's name, title, or subject keyword; then when your results list comes up, go to the 'Location' section in the left hand column of the page, and click on 'Adult Large Type Fiction' or 'Adult Large Type Non-Fiction'.

E-Books

eLIBRARY NJ (formerly Listen NJ) now offers Adobe® EPUB eBooks for your e-Book reader, as well as audiobooks! Click here for more information.

Our Freading™ eBook Service offers access to tens of thousands of books for free download! Freading has its own apps for the iPad® and iPhone®, and its own apps for Android™ tablets and phones. It is also compatible with Kindle Fire (not compatible with earlier Kindles), Nook, and Kobo devices. Click here for more information.

We the People Book Collection

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, the South Plainfield Public Library has received a special collection titled We The People : Created Equal, focusing on the idea of equality in American history and culture. The collection features English and Spanish versions of the following books and AV materials for children, young adults and adults.

Book Newsletters in your E-mail

We offer the NextReads e-newsletter to keep you up-to-date on the newest and best in your favorite fiction and non-fiction genres, including mysteries, thrillers, romance, sci-fi, biography, history, travel, business, do-it-yourself, kids' books, audiobooks, and much more!

Foreign Language Materials

We have a small collection of popular adult fiction in foreign languages (mostly Spanish). We also have children's books in foreign languages.

Instructional books, as well as audio and video resources, are available for those wishing to learn a foreign language, or for learning English as a Second Language.

Magazines & Newspapers

The library subscribes to dozens of popular magazines for adults on subjects including news & current events, fashion, health, history, consumer, travel, automotive, do-it-yourself, crafts, and more, as well as local and regional newspapers, and magazines for children. Current issues of magazines must be read in the library, but back issues may be borrowed for two weeks. Come in and browse!

Zinio for Libraries Digital Magazines will be discontinued as of March 31, 2017.

To search for magazine and newspaper articles online, see Databases.

Local Newspaper Archive

The library now maintains a digital archive of local weekly newspapers : The Chronicle (2003 - 2007), Observer (1997 - 2010), and The Reporter (1990-1994, 2003). These newspapers are available online in PDF format on our Local Newspapers : Digital Archive page.

Video Games & Computer Software

The library offers hundreds of Video Games in Xbox, Playstation and Wii formats!

We also have a small collection of educational computer software programs (mostly for children) which may be checked out.

Our OnePlay Video Games NEW! service gives you free access to over 2,000 popular games from more than 75 publishers. You can download them to your PC or device and play them anytime!


Programs and Classes

Programs for Kids & Adults

The South Plainfield Public Library offers a wide range of fun and informative programs for all ages. In addition to our regular Story Time and Craft programs for young children (see the KidStuff page for more information), we also offer special programs and summer reading programs for kids & teens, and special programs & classes of interest to adults. Be sure to check our homepage, Facebook page, and library calendar of events regularly to find out about upcoming programs!

Individual Computer Training NEW!

Need some computer help, or just a quick refresher on how to use Word, Powerpoint, setting up an email account, or just some Internet basics? Call or stop by the library and sign up for an appointment with a member of the Reference staff. Someone will work with you between 45-60 minutes. Click here for a flyer.

Individual Job Search Coaching NEW!

We are partnering with the Professional Services Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) to offer a program to help job seekers with writing resumes and other job search skills. PSGNB will provide a volunteer to hold on-site, one-on-one coaching sessions customized to meet the needs of the individual job seeker. Sessions will be by appointment only, on Mondays from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, and at other times subject to availability. PSGNB is a member-supported organization that has helped over 9,000 people find their next job. They provide free Job Search Skills Seminars and a Job Seeker Support Group at the Piscataway libraries; see their website PSGNB.org for details. To sign up for an appointment, please call or visit the South Plainfield Library. Click here for a flyer. For links to helpful job-searching resources, see Useful Websites: JOBS & CAREERS.

Free Tutoring Services

Does your child need help in any particular school subjects? Well, stop by and sign them up to receive free tutoring from our volunteers! This program is available for students entering 2nd grade up to 5th grade. To sign your child up for tutoring, please contact Ms. Audrey or Ms. Mija at (908) 754-7885, ext. 4, or email acupo@southplainfield.lib.nj.us.

Click here to download a form to request tutoring.

Be a Volunteer Tutor!

Calling all tutors! Interested in helping younger students in a subject you know well? Then sign up to be a volunteer tutor! For students in 8th grade and up, you can receive volunteer hours by tutoring a younger student. To sign up to be a volunteer tutor, please contact Ms. Audrey or Ms. Mija at (908) 754-7885, ext. 4, or email acupo@southplainfield.lib.nj.us.

Click here to download a volunteer application.


Information Services & Online Resources

Reference Desk

We can help you with your reference questions in person or by telephone! Whenever the library is open, a reference librarian is normally on duty to answer quick informational questions, advise you on researching a topic, or explain how to use library resources and equipment. We also offer a wide variety of free online databases (a library card is required for database access) and web directories on our home page.

Web Directories

Useful Websites is a directory of links, selected by our staff, to the best Internet sites for Business & Management, Computers & Technology, Consumer Information, Education, Jobs & Careers, Local Information, Parenting & Family, and more! Our Webfinders on Wordpress provide a smaller number of selected links on narrower topics, along with pre-searched links to related materials in our library catalog. Homework Links will assist students using the Internet for school assignments. The following is a complete list of our web directories:

The Internet contains many different kinds of resources and its links can lead to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for children or teens. In creating web directories, the South Plainfield Public Library staff has attempted to choose only age-appropriate links for our 'Homework Links,' 'KidStuff' and 'TeenZone' pages, but because websites change frequently, and because they may contain links to many other sites, or may present materials you do not wish your child to be exposed to, we urge you to supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. We strongly encourage parents to supervise their children's use of the Internet, at home or at the library. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

If your children will be using the South Plainfield Public Library's computers to access the internet, please be sure to read our Computer Policy.

Our inclusion of websites in this directory is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling.
Please use all information gathered over the Internet with caution.

PLEASE NOTE : Some topics formerly included in our Useful Websites pages have been discontinued. The discontinued topics are currently still available, but they are no longer being updated and will eventually be phased out. However, some of the topics they cover may be included in our Webfinders on Wordpress.

Our Websites of the Month page has also been discontinued, but you may still access past pages. However, since these pages were created in 2012 - 2013 and are not being updated, some links may be broken.


Computers & Internet Access

Internet Access & Wifi

Public Internet access and e-mail are available in the Library. Please be sure to read our Computer Use Policy if you or your children will be using the library's computers to access the internet. The library staff cannot offer extensive computer instruction except at library-sponsored computer classes.

You may also bring in your own laptop to access the Internet using the library's WiFi connection. The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment, or for laptop configurations security or data files resulting from connecting to the library network (sorry, the library staff cannot provide technical assistance).

Word Processing and More

Public PCs at the library also offer word processing, spreadsheet, and other software, including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Please be aware that the library staff cannot offer extensive computer instruction except at library-sponsored computer classes.

Printing is available at 10 cents per page; 50 cents per page for color prints.

Please be sure to read our Computer Use Policy if you or your children will be using the library's computers.


Other Services

Homebound Delivery

The Edith Goodrich Homebound Delivery Program provides, through volunteers, delivery and pick-up of Library materials to any South Plainfield resident who cannot come to the Library because of illness or disability. Items are selected based on your requests and preferences. We are also happy to try to obtain books that we may not own through our interlibrary loan system.

You will be paired with a volunteer who will select Library materials and then deliver and pick them up on a mutually agreeable schedule. The Library has a wide variety of materials available, including large print books and a large collection of videos, music CDs, and audio books. We also offer a cassette/CD player if needed. Please call the Library for an application form.

For an application to receive Homebound Delivery Service, click here.

Quiet Study Rooms

Our new library includes three quiet study rooms. For more information, please read our Quiet Study Room policies.

Recycling & Food Bank

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