Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) Libraries Welcomes Bernardsville Public Library to its Consortium
Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) Libraries, a northern New Jersey shared services consortium of public libraries, recently announced the addition of the Bernardsville Public Library to its network of 38 libraries across Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties, effective January 12th, 2021.
With a mission to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation across its consortium, MAIN gives member libraries and the communities they serve access to a rich spectrum of high-quality, cost-effective shared services and resources. This recent addition helps MAIN expand its services within the Bernardsville community, giving Bernardsville Public Library members access to nearly twice as many titles, a wealth of digital resources and the option to reserve items from any MAIN member library.
“We are excited to welcome the Bernardsville Public Library to the MAIN membership,” said Seth Stephens, Director, Jefferson Township Public Library and President, MAIN Board of Directors. “Not only will readers benefit from a large, diverse shared collection of resources, but the library can also increase the use of its collections while controlling costs.”
“Joining MAIN is an exciting and economical way to increase service levels to our patrons,” said Alexandria Arnold, Director, Bernardsville Public Library. “With infinitely more titles to choose from, online access to nearly five million items across the 38 member libraries and the ability to pick up and return materials from their home library in Bernardsville, cardholders will enjoy a more enriched overall library experience.”
MAIN libraries serve over half a million residents of all ages. Created in 1980 to help oversee the initial automation of local library systems, MAIN has evolved into a full-fledged public library consortium that offers cost-sharing opportunities, library automation services, technical support and a consistent organizational structure. MAIN is also a member of the N.J. Open Borrowing program, which allows member library patrons to borrow materials from libraries outside of the MAIN consortium.
The Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) is a consortium of 38 public libraries located in Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. MAIN’s mission is to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation by providing high-quality, cost-effective shared services to member libraries for their communities. MAIN aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve readily access a rich spectrum of resources.