Library Card Expiration Dates Extended
In order to ensure that Springfield Library patrons can borrow materials from neighboring libraries while the library is closed for flood remediation, all cards that were due to expire before the end of 2021 have been extended through to December 31. While we are closed, we encourage patrons to use libraries in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC) and the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries (MURAL). For a list of participating LMxAC libraries go to www.lmxac.org and for participating MURAL libraries, visit Borrow from Other Libraries. Please note that each library sets its own lending period and fines which will apply to items borrowed by Springfield patrons.
Library Update 9/15/2021
The library continues to be closed as we determine the best course of action for remediating the damage as a result of Hurricane Ida. In the interim, we remain committed to providing the community with library materials and programs. Until we can reopen the building, our patrons can take advantage of our lending agreements with other area libraries, can borrow electronic materials, and can participate in some virtual programs.
While the library is closed, our book drops will be locked. Patrons are asked to hold onto all library materials. Fines are suspended for the duration of the closure.
All programs for children and teens are suspended through the end of September as we currently do not have access to our collections and materials. Some virtual programs for adults will continue. Please see the website calendar for a complete list of programs.
While we understand that many people in the community would like to help the library, at this point in time the clean-up efforts must be undertaken by trained professionals with the appropriate equipment. The damage to materials has not yet been determined and the library asks that the community refrain from donating materials because they would need to be stored offsite.
Borrowing from Other Libraries
The Springfield Free Public Library is a member of both the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC) and Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries (M.U.R.A.L.), Springfield library patrons have a number of options available to them to continue to borrow books and other materials.
Holders of Springfield library cards (with accounts in good standing), may also borrow directly from the Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Plainfield, and Roselle public libraries as well as from the additional 25 member libraries of LMxAC, simply by presenting their Springfield library card. Visit www.lmxac.org for a complete list of participating libraries.
Holders of Springfield library cards (also with accounts in good standing), may sign up for borrowing privileges at other M.U.R.A.L. libraries. For a complete list of M.U.R.A.L. libraries, visit Borrow from other Libraries.
Online Resources Available
Springfield library card holders may also use their cards to download digital resources that the library provides through access to eLibraryNJ and hoopla. Other resources, including Freegal downloadable music, Brainfuse in person online tutoring, LinkedIn Learning, and the library’s many reference databases will continue to be available to all Springfield card holders during the time that our building is closed.
Need a Library Card?
Don’t have a library card but would like to get one? You can sign up for a temporary library card.