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Springfield, NJ 07081
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In our efforts to bring you the best library service possible, the library has joined the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC). During the transition, we will be unable to accept any holds between May 15 and May 31. Please note that holds placed directly by patrons during that time will also be lost. We are sorry for this inconvenience and look forward to coming back better than ever on June 1.

We are pleased to announce that the firewall for the library's computer network will be undergoing a major upgrade on Wednesday, May 31. Unfortunately, this will require the shutting down of our Internet network for a period of approximately two hours, most likely to occur between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. It is possible that subsequent sporadic outages may occur up until about 5:00 PM that afternoon. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

From May 26th - 31st, as we transition into our new system, we will continue to be able to check out library materials but will not be able to perform any other functions, including item check in, processing of payments; updating existing library cards, registering new patrons, or looking up anyone’s account. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LIBRARY CARD with you as we will need the barcode number on your card to be able to check anything out to you on these two dates.

Local History

Library History

The Springfield Free Public Library began in 1931 as a creation of the Springfield Parent-Teacher Association, which donated $50.00 toward its beginning. Then called the Springfield Library Association, the library consisted of 1000 volumes and was housed in the Brookside Building at the corner of Morris and Mountain Avenues. Within the first year approximately 750 library cards had been issued.

In 1943 the library was moved to the Sarah Bailey House located in Church Mall. The 125 year old house was built by a merchant named Samuel Bailey, and given to the town after the death of his daughter Sarah. Sarah Bailey’s will stipulated the house “shall be used for the purpose and as a site for a public library.” An addition to the library building was completed in April, 1957.
Ground was broken at the present site at 66 Mountain Avenue in 1966 and the building was completed in 1969.
Improvements to the library building were made in 2004, including the construction of an audio-visual room, a “Teen Room,” and quiet study rooms.

Springfield History

Visit Township of Springfield website for information on Springfield history from the Springfield Historical Society. While at the library, link to the Local History collection of digitized documents. You will be able to view historical pictures, newspapers and documents. The Local History collection of digitized documents is only available on computers in the library building.

You can view digitized copies of Jonathan Dayton High School yearbooks at the Springfield Free Public Library section of the Internet Archive's American Libraries site.  Digitized yearbooks include the years 1940 through 1969 and 1980 through 2007. Digitization of these materials was made possible by a grant from the EMC Heritage Trust project. Yearbooks from the 1970's are available through the Local History collection of digitized documents. The Local History collection of digitized documents is only available on computers in the library building.

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