NOTE: Some library programs & services are temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our homepage for the current program schedule, hours, and information about In-Person Access Policies and Curbside Service.
South Plainfield Public Library is a member of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), a nonprofit organization which includes more than 30 LMxAC member libraries in Middlesex, Union, and Monmouth Counties. The LMxAC catalog allows you to request items directly from any LMxAC member library, pick them up in South Plainfield, and return them to any LMxAC library. You can use your South Plainfield library card at any LMxAC member library.
Using our online catalog, you can search or browse the LMxAC member library collections, place or cancel holds, renew materials, 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 library card barcode number, and PIN. You may use the online catalog at the library, or access it from your home computer or mobile app: use the 'Library Catalog' link on our home page, or click on a link below:
Our collection includes thousands of DVDs, over 1,000 audiobooks, over 1,000 music CDs, and more. To find videos, CDs, and other audio/visual media, search the online catalog, using the Search Everything dropdown to choose movies, audiobooks, or music.
We also offer free audiobook downloads from eLibrary NJ!
Kanopy Streaming Video NEW! provides instant access to thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and kids favorites.
With Hoopla you can instantly borrow from a large collection of digital music, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television!
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!
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 has been discontinued due to lack of use.
NOTE: We no longer receive regional circuit collections of DVDs and music CDs. We no longer have videocassettes.
We have hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books in Large Print (Large Type) format.
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 by author's name, title, or subject keyword; then when your results list comes up, go to the 'Formats and Editions' section in the left hand column of the page, click on 'Large Type' and 'Include'. Your results will include titles in all the LMxAC member libraries. You can then click on 'Items owned by South Plainfield' in the left hand column of the page to limit your results to our own holdings.
An alternate method for finding Large Print books in the South Plainfield Public Library is to search your author, title or subject; click on 'Items owned by South Plainfield' in the left hand column of the page; the, under the 'Location' section on the left, click on 'Large Print Collection' and 'Include'.
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.
Most content formerly offered by RBdigital, including classic ebooks & audiobooks, is now available from Overdrive/Libby UPDATED LINK!.
With Hoopla you can instantly borrow from a large collection of digital music, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television!
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.
We offer the Select Reads newsletters [replaces NextReads], delivering reading recommendations based on your unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Includes books, audiobooks, dvds, and music! Sign up for a newsletter on one of the popular topics listed under MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS, or click on the MY SELECT READS tab to create personalized alerts based on any topic you choose! Click on any book title in the listing for a book description, author bio, and GoodReads reviews. On the AUTHOR CHECK page you can sign up to get email alerts on your favorite authors too! Go to our Select Reads page for more information.
The South Plainfield Public Library has a small collection of popular adult fiction in foreign languages (mostly Spanish). We also have children's books in foreign languages. You may also request foreign language materials from any LMxAC member library and pick them up in South Plainfield.
Use the Advanced Search page of the online catalog to limit your search to items in a specific language.
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.
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!
Hundreds of digital magazine titles, formerly hosted by RBdigital, are now available on eLibraryNJ UPDATED LINK!.
To search for magazine and newspaper articles online, see Databases.
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.
The library offers hundreds of Video Games UPDATED LINK! in various Xbox, Playstation, Wii, and Nintendo Switch formats!
We also have a small collection of educational computer software programs UPDATED LINK! (mostly for children) which may be checked out.
NOTE: Some of the programs & classes listed below are temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and others are being held online. Please visit our homepage for the current schedule.
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 and Facebook page regularly to find out about upcoming programs!
Click here to get our monthly CHILDREN'S EVENTS NEWSLETTER in your email!
Click here to get our monthly ADULT EVENTS NEWSLETTER in your email!
The library hosts weekly English Conversations groups UPDATED LINK! for those who would like to practice English. Native speakers of any language are welcome!
We also offer a number of Bilingual & Foreign Language programs for children.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for information on additional volunteer opportunities for students in 7th grade and up.
See our Community & Social Services brochures and info page to learn about many services available in Middlesex County to help you with essential concerns such as health, mental health, addiction, aging, disabilities, veterans benefits, and more.
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.
To ask a reference question by phone, call us at (908) 754-7885 and press 3.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Our new library includes a meeting room. For more information and an application/reservation form, please read our Meeting Room policies [Link opens a PDF].
Our new library includes three quiet study rooms. For more information, please read our Quiet Study Room policies [Link opens a PDF].