Expanding Access in Local Libraries

MAIN’s Two New Policies Aim to Enable Access MAIN-Wide

Morristown, NJ – Access to the 38 member libraries of the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) will increase thanks to two recently enacted policies. Any K-12 student attending school in a town serviced by one of the local libraries that are part of MAIN may now enjoy full borrowing privileges for both physical and digital materials, regardless of their home address. Additionally, patrons living anywhere outside of the MAIN service area may purchase, on an annual basis, a library card that may be used throughout MAIN without any service restrictions.

MAIN cited a greater desire from within the membership for uniformity in borrowing privileges across the library consortium and to improve access to library services for our most important commodity: the youth of America.

Ruth Lufkin, 2017 MAIN President and Director of the Bernards Township Library, described the policy changes as, “strengthening the ability of member libraries to support students in our communities and to consistently deliver the highest quality services to those outside our service area.” Ms. Lufkin continued, “Libraries are partners in education and deliver high quality public education for all. Those who don’t live or go to school in one of our communities can now purchase full access to the over 2.8 milion books, eBooks, premium online research tools, and other services, as well as feel welcomed at any of the member libraries.”

MAIN was originally created in 1980 when a number of Morris County’s libraries were automated with a shared computer system. Over time, it has evolved into a full-fledged public library consortium in and around the County which offers its members cost-sharing opportunities, technical support, and an organizational structure conducive to collaboration and efficient management of tax dollars.

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For further information please contact Phillip Berg, MAIN Executive Director, or visit https://www.mainlib.org.